WTS – What the Surrey #11 – Bridge and Bike

Comments 11 by Rebecca Bollwitt

I have written about the Pattullo Bridge at length, well at least I think so as I have numerous posts over the last year on the topic of the Bridge of Death [1][2][3][4][5][6]. The bridge that has caused the death of 21 people since 1990 is being talked about again, as apparently every 6 months people in Metro Vancouver remember about how dangerous it is. It’s as though there’s a big snooze button at Translink meetings that they keep hitting every time the Pattullo is mentioned.

Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

TransLink is hiring a consultant to study the span, and figure out if it should be twinned, tolled, or torn down and replaced.

Another option is building an entirely new bridge upstream using a man-made island planned for Sapperton Bar. [News1130]

Twinned: Haha oh my, unless they turn it into a pedestrian-only bridge it’s not safe for any vehicles or any kind any more.

Tolled: Yes because charging people to die is even better than letting them do it for free.

Torn Down & Replaced: Demolishing the Pattullo entirely – wow I wish I would have thought of that.

Another travel plan that a reader of mine is taking on is the Surrey Bike Initiative.

I’ve never been much of a cyclist, and I think it’s that exact reason that made me do the research and come up with some solutions that, to me, would make cycling a true transportation and recreation option in Surrey.[PaulHillsdon]

In his detailed plan, elaborated on a website using interactive google maps and images, Paul has outlined the need and practical use for sidepaths, bikepaths, and bike lanes throughout the city. The website and proposed solutions are truly impressive even suggesting that, “if connections were made, could easily become the city’s first bike path, connecting Newton, with Bear Creek Park, the BC Parkway, Green Timbers, Tynehead, and Barnston Island.” [Solutions]. Paul also compares Surrey’s need for such an initiative by stating the facts, clean and simple. Creating alternative means of transportation is also inexpensive and well worthwhile, as Paul goes on to compare the costs incurred by the City of Vancouver when upgrading their cycling networks as well as Metro Vancouver’s Central Valley Greenway. [Cycling]

To provide Paul with some feedback, you can comment on his blog post. By the way, did I mention Paul is a high school student in Surrey? Yeah, pretty humbling for me to come across such an in-depth blog about my hometown, makes my WTS segments seem pretty petty, but it’s a pleasure to feature his hard work here.

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  1. Paul HillsdonWednesday, September 12th, 2007 — 11:07am PDT

    Holy crap! Thanks so much Rebecca. Getting featured on your blog means a lot to me 🙂 I’m glad that the plan meant enough to you to inform your other readers about it.

    And yes, can we finally get a solution for that death bridge?!

  2. RaulWednesday, September 12th, 2007 — 12:23pm PDT

    Wow! Thanks for this Rebecca. And thanks for redirecting me towards Paul’s blog. Yeah, I agree. Pretty humbling to see that a 17 yr old has such informed opinions and can write such cogent prose. And while we are at it, I do enjoy your blog a lot. Even though I completely suck at understanding hockey 😀

  3. Miss604Wednesday, September 12th, 2007 — 12:41pm PDT

    Haha aww we’ll make a hockey fan out of you yet! Have you heard out podcast TheCrazyCanucks ? We’re recoding another episode tonight, it might help you become acquainted with hockey in this town, if you’re interested 🙂

  4. RaulWednesday, September 12th, 2007 — 12:56pm PDT

    I’ll listen to tonight’s podcast. It may be helpful to get acquainted with hockey in this town! 😀 What time is it on?

  5. PatZThursday, September 13th, 2007 — 12:09am PDT

    we got into a discussion about the Patullo in my research methods class today and somehow that descended into a discussion about how to explain what GVRD stands for to people from out of town…

  6. Miss604Thursday, September 13th, 2007 — 7:27am PDT

    All the ‘Metro Vancouver’ supporters will be happy to know that, Pat 😛

  7. QuantumJournoFriday, September 14th, 2007 — 12:51pm PDT

    Hello Miss604. I’m a Seattle writer, originally from India and I LOVE Vancouver. Love the people, love the food, love the shopping and the sheer prettiness of this jewel of a city. However, I do have a grouse against the sprawl that Surrey has become. My post “Kaur Couture” has the story.


    Pls facilitate a dialogue on this. Tks!

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  11. Bradford SchmithThursday, June 24th, 2010 — 9:43am PDT

    Hi This is a great outdoor site and found the entry interesting,this will help my events especially when im trying to win,cycling is the best sport and no wonder why it has expanded in the last decade.

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