The Murray Street Bike Path Extension will complete the missing link from Electronic Avenue to the Moody Street Overpass. The bike path design features a mixed-use pathway, from the Moody Street Overpass to Hugh Street, that transitions into a side-by-side bicycle path and sidewalk. Once the bike path is completed, it will be easier, safer, and more enjoyable for recreational cyclists to travel along Murray Street.
The project has a number of benefits. The bike path extension will:
- create a safe, off-street route for recreational cyclists;
- provide direct access to the Murray Street Overpass and Moody Centre Station.
- improve safety by improving visibility for cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers at entrances to Rocky Point Park and the off-leash dog park;
- provide a new walkway into the PoMo Rotary Sk8 Park; and
- add landscaping features, including new trees.
The construction period is expected to start in August and last eight to ten weeks. The City will work to minimize the impact of construction on park users, cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers travelling along Murray Street. Check this page for updates on construction.
The Murray Street Bike Path Extension was approved by Council in May 2016 as part of the City’s capital budget. You can read the report here. It is jointly funded by the City of Port Moody and TransLink. The Murray Street Bike Path extension addresses one of Council’s strategic priorities – moving people – by creating a safe, off-street route for recreational cyclists and connecting users to Moody Centre via the Moody Street Overpass.
Do you have a question about the bike path extension that’s not covered in the FAQs below? You can submit your question by filling out this form.
Will parking spaces be affected at Rocky Point Park?
In order to accommodate the bike path extension, three on-street parking spaces will be removed and 18 spaces in the Rocky Point parking lot will be designated as “small car” spaces. The bike path extension will make it easier, safer, and more enjoyable for people to ride their bicycles to Rocky Point Park. With convenient transit, walking, and cycling options in Port Moody, residents and visitors can choose to leave their cars at home.
What is a “small car” space? How will the new dimensions compare to the original dimensions of these parking spaces?
A “small car” space is a space identified for small-car use only; it can be no smaller than 2.5 metres wide by 5.1 metres long (City Bylaw 1890). A standard space measures 2.6 metres wide by 5.6 metres long.
Will parking spaces be affected at the off-leash dog park?
The parking area on the east side of the dog park will remain unchanged.
Why are you removing the loop exit at the off-leash dog park?
The space is needed to accommodate the width of the bike path. Cars will still be able to enter and exit the dog park via the driveway.
Will you be removing any trees?
In order to accommodate the bike path extension, five trees and one shrub will be removed. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to re-locate these trees or build the path around them. The trees are advanced in age and have some structural defects. As they are already in decline, it’s very unlikely they would survive if City staff moved them, or disturbed them by paving around them.
A large rhododendron, currently located near the small dog park, will be re-located. Fifteen new trees will be planted, including four utility-friendly trees that will grow to be less than 25 feet tall, for the purpose of preventing conflicts with power lines.
What if there are nests in the trees?
Tree and brush clearing activities are restricted from March 1 to July 31 each year, as this period is the active nesting season for most birds. Construction work for the bike path extension will not begin until August or September, when nesting season is over.
How much will the bike path extension cost?
The Murray Street Bike Path Extension was approved by Council in May 2016 as part of the City’s capital budget. The total budget for the project is $602,000. The City’s contribution is $368,000, with funds coming from the Gas Tax Reserve. The remaining funds - $234,000 – have been provided by TransLink.