There are several examples in Metro Vancouver of what a greenway can be, and here’s one on the North Shore. It’s called the North Shore Spirit Trail, and is described this way by one of many involved in making it happen, the City of North Vancouver:
Greenways are a key component of the City’s Official Community Plan. To achieve its vision of a liveable, sustainable, diverse, complete community, the City saw the need to integrate its parks and streets systems and create “linear greenways”. This vision was recognized with the 2002 Parks & Greenways Strategic Plan.
The Parks and Greenways Strategic Plan complements both City’s Bicycle Master Plan and Traffic Calming Program by adding to the choices and ways in which people move through the City. Greenways also incorporate a variety of other civic infrastructure in innovative ways. Sidewalks, innovative storm water management, urban forestry, naturalized landscapes, habitat corridors and recreation amenities are all integrated as part of a sustainable approach to connect an increasingly dense community.
Under the Parks & Greenways Strategic Plan, the City aims to provide greenway systems that are accessible to all, including cyclists, inline skaters, pedestrians, seniors and people who use mobility aids.
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