Hugo Ray Connector now open
Nov 4, 2019
It’s now safer for cyclists and pedestrians to travel on a path that connects West Vancouver to North Vancouver.
The Hugo Ray Connector completes a vital link along the north side of Highway 1 between Capilano River and the entrance to Hugo Ray Park on 3rd Street in West Vancouver. The connector is paved and has a railing and retaining wall to separate the new path from traffic.
The Hugo Ray Connector is safe for all users, including commuter cyclists travelling across the North Shore, and provides better access to the Capilano Pacific Trail and Capilano River Regional Park. Previously, cyclists and pedestrians had to travel along an uneven shoulder adjacent to the highway.
This project is a result of a collaboration on transportation issues that began last year through the Integrated North Shore Transportation Planning Project, or INSTPP.
Council’s Strategic Objectives also include improving mobility by expanding transportation options in West Vancouver.
“Our vision is to reduce our reliance on vehicles and to support sustainable modes of transportation, including walking, cycling and using public transit. The Hugo Ray Connector is an excellent example of contributing to this vision,” said Mayor Mary-Ann Booth. “This path creates a safe and comfortable cycling and walking route between West Vancouver and North Vancouver that residents and visitors of all ages and abilities can enjoy.”
The project was co-funded by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
“As an active transportation enthusiast, I am happy to see the Hugo Ray Connector multi-use pathway open up to the public, as it will improve safety, mobility and accessibility for all active commuters,” said Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale. “People of all ages and abilities will be able to use this pathway both now and into the future, both for commuting and recreation.”
The opening ceremony for the Hugo Ray Connector is on Friday, November 8 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Hugo Ray Park, located at the base of 3rd Street, north of Highway 1. Everyone is welcome.