What is a greenway?

    Greenways are multi-modal public transportation corridors that connect people and places together. They are often used by people walking, wheeling, and cycling to work, school, retail areas, parks, and other neighbourhoods. Greenways can also include space for additional landscaping and trees. The greenway will include protected bicycle infrastructure for people cycling, skateboarding and rollerblading, and improved pedestrian facilities for people walking and wheeling.

    What are the benefits of greenways?

    Greenways provide a variety of benefits that ultimately affect the sustainability of a community’s economic, environmental, and social health. For example, greenways create value and generate economic activity, make it easier for people to use sustainable modes of transportation, improve health by encouraging active living, and enhance the public realm and community identity.

    What types of users will be allowed on the greenway?

    The primary users of the greenway will be people walking and cycling, but could also include skateboarding, rollerblading, using a wheelchair or pushing a stroller, among other uses. Motor vehicles, including transit, will still be able to use 7th Avenue.

    Why is the City building a greenway along 7th Avenue?

    7th Avenue has long been identified as a high priority active transportation corridor during several planning processes, including the 2003 Bicycle Master Plan; 2009 Parks, Trails and Bicycle Master Plan; and 2016 Transportation Master Plan. It was selected based on the corridor’s direct, continuous, and relatively flat east-west connection across the city and proximity to school, parks, community facilities, and commercial businesses. In 2020, City Council directed staff to move forward with the design process for the 7th Avenue Greenway.

    The future greenway will enhance safety along 7th Avenue for all road users and make active modes of transportation, like walking and cycling, a more attractive option. This is an important step in reducing reliability on personal vehicles and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as mandated by various levels of government.

    Based on 2016 census data, Mission is falling short of meeting provincial targets set for transit, walking, and biking, while exceeding the target for vehicle use by 16%. Through Mission Mobility 2050, our new Transportation Master Plan, the City is looking to define new targets that work for our unique community. The 7th Avenue Greenway is just one opportunity for the City to create more sustainable, healthier, and equitable ways of moving.

    Isn’t 7th Avenue a truck route?

    7th Avenue is currently a designated truck route. The City is exploring the possibility of moving the truck route from 7th Avenue as part of the Transportation Master Plan, which is currently underway.

    Mission is a hilly commuter community. We need to drive! Why invest in walking and biking facilities?

    The topography in the city is diverse, presenting a significant opportunity to leverage Mission's flat areas, from the Cedar Valley to the the core commercial areas, for active transportation. City Council has a vision to create an active transportation network that takes advantage of the flat land for walking and cycling, and manage the hills with public transit, to provide connections to all areas of the city.

    Mission is also much more than a community that travels to work. We have an abundance of local parks, recreation facilities, shopping areas, and much more. It is time we think beyond our Monday to Friday commute and focus on how we can do better at providing safe and comfortable ways to walk to a park, restaurant or store, or bike to the playground, a friend's house, or the rec centre.

    Now, more than ever, it is important to look past our historic focus on moving people to other areas, like Maple Ridge and points beyond for work, or south to Abbotsford to shop. If the recent pandemic has shown us anything, it is a desire to look for local gems and treasures to explore close to home.

    What route will the greenway follow?

    The future 7th Avenue Greenway will extend from Wren Street in the west to Dewdney Trunk Road in the east and includes three distinct segments. The design process will focus on the east and west segments.

    • West Segment: 7th Avenue between Wren Street and Fraser River Heritage Park
    • Existing Segment: Existing pathways within Fraser River Heritage Park
    • East Segment: Residential streets between Fraser River Heritage Park and Dewdney Trunk Road



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    Are any changes planned within Fraser River Heritage Park?

    No changes are planned for the existing pathways within the park. Through consultation we will explore interest in possible beautification and amenities to the existing trails. This could include garbage bins and benches.  

    How will the 7th Avenue Greenway integrate into the existing and planned active transportation network in Mission?

    The City is working to bring a diversity of mobility choices through active transportation facilities that expand how residents get from A to B, and allow people the opportunity to be more active in their own community without sacrificing their sense of safety. 7th Avenue is envisioned to be a ‘spine’ in the City’s emerging active transportation network to create a facility that is comfortable for people of all ages and abilities, no matter what form of transportation they are using. The future greenway will be an extension of the East Mission Heritage Greenway, by providing a flat continuous east-west facility that spans the more populated areas of the city and combines both off-street and on-street active transportation infrastructure.


    How will the 7th Avenue Greenway connect with recreational and community facilities?

    7th Avenue was selected because it provides connections to many community destinations for people of all ages and abilities, including schools, recreation facilities, churches, parks, and community facilities.  In particular, the corridor provides direct access to:

    • Fraser River Heritage Page
    • Ecole Mission Senior Secondary School
    • Mission Leisure Centre
    • Mission Skatepark
    • Planned Mission Pumptrack

    By connecting these recreational and community facilities, the greenway will be integrated with these destinations and will make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to walk, wheel, and cycle to access these recreational and community facilities, whether for recreation or transportation.

    What are the objectives of the 7th Avenue Greenway?

    The greenway design will be guided by the following objectives:

    • Create a cycling route for people of all ages and abilities
    • Improve the experience and accessibility for people walking
    • Provide an alternative to driving/opportunity to use bicycles with the whole family
    • Expand the equity of mobility across the District
    • Connect neighbourhoods and popular destinations
    • Reduce pedestrian crossing distances
    • Enhance the public realm
    • Improve safety
    • Accommodate emergency access
    • Maintain motor vehicle access
    • Limit impacts to businesses and people who rely on on-street parking and loading

    Will the 7th Avenue Greenway involve parking changes?

    Specific parking changes are unknown at this time, but it is known that changes will be needed. We understand the removal of parking is a concern for some people. We will explore how to minimize changes to on-street parking and loading during the design process.

    Will the 7th Avenue Greenway impact transit?

    Public transit is an important part of ensuring mobility options for everyone. It is not anticipated the transit routes will be impacted, and opportunities to improve bus stops and access to transit will be considered through the design process. The City will work with BC Transit to proactively consider how changes to the corridor may impact transit service.

    Will the 7th Avenue Greenway impact garbage pick-up?

    Specific changes to garbage removal are unknown at this time. During the design process garbage removal will be considered to minimize impacts to this important service.

    How will the City consult with stakeholders and residents?

    Over the next several months, stakeholders and the public will be consulted at different stages of the design process. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the engagement process will take place virtually through the City’s Engage Mission platform and other virtual tools, including Zoom. The project team will continue to monitor Public Health guidelines and incorporate in-person engagement opportunities should the current situation improve. The engagement process is envisioned as a co-creative opportunity with input from the public and stakeholders. Ultimately, Council will decide which co-created design, of the two being formulated, to move forward with, as representatives of the public.

    The City has already consulted the community on this project. Why is the community being consulted again?

    Consultation first began in 2016 during the engagement process for the Transportation Master Plan. The process continues to be an iterative process with City Council more recently advising staff to proceed with the design process and continue to consult with stakeholders and the public. Previous input will be considered by the project team during the design process.