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2.17.2015

Distracted driving has become the number one issue in Canada. Their are now more accidents caused by distracted driving than from driving under the influence. Following the link below and some alarming statistics on how we have become the Worst Drivers on the Planet

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Trail Habits

Share the Trail

Keep right except to pass.

Alert Others

When passing, alert others and control your speed.

Yield to Others

Cyclists yield to all other trail users. Hikers yield to equestrians.

Respect the Trail

Do not remove or disturb animals or plants, such as wildflowers.

Be Alert and Visible

Wear reflective gear and use caution at road crossings.

Pet Etiquette

Dogs must be on the right hand side of the trail. On most multi-use such as the E&N trails dogs must be leashed.

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Cycling Route Planning Tool
Need to find the best route by bike? Check out the Cycling Route Planner, developed by a team of researchers at the University of British Columbia in cooperation with TransLink. This handy tool helps cyclists find bike routes anywhere in Metro Vancouver based on options such as designated cycling routes, distance, elevation gain and air quality. For more details, please visit UBC's Cycling in Cities website, or check out the cycling information on Google Maps.

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Nanaimo New Bicycle Map

You might have seen us walking around with bike maps from the CRD, Vancouver etc. You can find those in pdf format on our website as well as other bike maps. The GNCC has been advocating for a new more useful and consumer friendly bike map of Nanaimo. Here is what we have gotten so far in our talks.

Both the GNCC and the City would like to update the current Cycling Map. There is an opportunity to work with Nic (VIU GIS student) who would be interested in volunteering his time to assist with updating the map.

The Format
  • maintain the current z-card format, but seek to expand the length (similar to Vancouver) to create more space.
  • reformat the map to make better use of the page; goal to increase the scale of mapping such that we can see local streets for core portions of the City.
  • use insets to emphasis key areas at larger scales
  • for now we are assuming that we are keeping the transit mapping on the opposite side; but we'll see how the reformatting goes.
The Content
  • Cycling Network
  • On-Street Signed Routes (routes are signed but cycling facilities vary; in many cases cyclists share widened travel lanes with traffic)
  • On-Street Improved Cycling Facilities (such as bike lanes, shoulders, sharrows, cycle tracks)
  • Off-Street Multiuse Trails
  • Other Cycling Facilities
  • Other Off-Street Cycling Facilities
  • Other Improved On-Street Cycling Facilities
We (city and gncc) should try and identify key recreational facilities within Parks that are not part of the core cycling network.
  • Grades / Shaded Relief Background
  • Bicycle Services / Shops
  • Key Destinations (Key Transit Stops (Exchanges +),Commercial Areas, Schools, Hospital, Community Centres/Rec Facilities/Major Parks, Ferries, Tourism Info, VIU)
  • Information on Integration with other modes of Transportation (RDN Transit, Ferries, InterCity Bus)
  • Information on Cycling Markings / Wayfinding / Basic Bicycle Operation - Link to other resources.
  • Distances between key locations.

Bike Infrastructure and other transportation Projects up to 2015 will be marked as completed; projects in the next two years will be marked as planned (2016/17)

Outputs
We will develop data and information with idea that in addition to the z-map we may want to create other mapping products (ie regional tourism map, cycling tours) and digital resources with the base data in the future.

Next Steps
Work with Nic to create a base cycling network GIS file. If you have any suggestions or are willing to volunteer for data collecting, contact me direct at bikeshare@shaw.ca