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Coquitlam's $20K app upgrade maps Metro Vancouver streets for cyclists to safely conquer

The project was collaborated with HUB Cycling — a non-profit group that advocates biking to school, work and everywhere in between.
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Planning your bike route through Coquitlam — downtown or elsewhere — is set to be as simple with the help of a newly-developed app.

There's a new feature on Coquitlam's local app aimed to help cyclists get from 'A' to 'B' safely.

The CoquitlamConnect app now includes an interactive map that shows biking routes throughout the city as well as Metro Vancouver, thanks to a completed $20,000 project.

Funded by the city's Community Support and Recovery Plan (CSRP) — set to deliver more than $4 million in relief by early 2022 since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic — the goal is to provide and direct two-wheeled commuters safely, whether its for transportation or recreational purposes.

As of November, CoquitlamConnect will display route data collected by TransLink and HUB Cycling while indicating "skill levels" of off-, on- and major streets.

"This digital map augments existing cycling map handouts, allowing for a more accessible and up-to-date digital option," explains Coquitlam information and communication technology manager Danny Bandiera in a news release.

"The map is a valuable resource as the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for the City to invest in cycling infrastructure, education and promotion due to a surge in popularity. To build on this momentum, City staff are exploring more cost-effective and quickly deployable ways to fill gaps in its cycling and micromobility network."

Micromobility networks include bicycles and scooters, Bandiera adds.

This is the latest step in the City of Coquitlam's plan to promote active transportation and cycling, which has included increasing the number of bike parking spaces and maintenance stations.

On a daily basis, Coquitlam's app provides its users with information on services such as city facilities, events jobs and Wi-Fi hotspots.

For more information, you can visit the CoquitlamConnect page of the city's website.

The app can be downloaded through the App Store or Google Play.