Signs map bike route

Twenty-four new bicycle route signs are making it easier for cyclists to get around Hope.

Johanna Coughlin stands with one of the new bicycle route signs in Hope

Twenty-four new bicycle route signs are making it easier for cyclists to get around Hope.

Johanna Coughlin has been working on the idea for three years and approached council last fall with the proposal. The district agreed to finance the signs, which were erected May 28 by a public works crew.

“It’s great to see,” said Coughlin.

“I feel that bike route is a definite asset to the District of Hope. There’s so many people coming through town with bikes on their backs. I really think it will also get local people more into biking.”

The family-friendly route leads people around downtown Hope, starting and finishing at the Hope Visitor Centre. Cyclists travel past Memorial Park, the Fraser River, Rotary Trails, Hope Golf Club, the rec centre and Sixth Avenue Park.

After visiting the route with Coughlin, former director of operations Maurice Wutzke and Ross Blackwell, roads and drainage forman, decided on the exact sign locations. Bear Aware signs were also erected in conjunction with the bike signs to remind residents and visitors of nearby wildlife.

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