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02.23.2016

The Inside Passage Route News

The proposed bike route on Vancouver Island and the "$1 Billion for Bikes ask" to the government of BC has been getting enormous media attention. In the last week the GNCC has done 6 interviews including the one below with Gloria Macarenko of CBC, BlackPress, IslandRadio and CBC TV- Radio Canada. See links belwo to articles.

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Inside Passage Bike Route Project

The Inside Passage Bike Route is a proposed cycling touring linking Comox, Courtenay, Qualicum Beach, Parksville, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Chemainus, Duncan, Mill Bay and communities in-between. It will also connect with BC Ferries to Hornby Island, Denman Island, Gabriola Island, Saltspring Island and Thetis Island. The Route is a project of the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition and the Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition. The goal is to establish a continuous trail for cycling along the beautiful eastern shore of Vancouver Island. The upgraded cycling facilities will also enable locals to cycle more for their daily trips.

The Vancouver Island cycling coalitions are working with other cycling groups and the BC Cycling Coalition to help create a designated bike-touring route linking the whole of the Island with the Sunshine Coast and the Lower Mainland.

Economic Benefits

The Inside Passage Bike Route will enable cycling tourists to safely and conveniently access hotels, stores, bakeries, pubs, restaurants, farms, wineries and tourist attractions thereby greatly enhancing their vacation experience and benefiting local businesses, the economy and increasing tax revenue for the Provincial and Federal Governments.

Québec's Route Verte, a province wide network of cycling routes, has proven to be very effective in attracting tourists from around the world and nearby states and provinces. In 2006 it is estimated that Route Verte users spent 134 million supporting over 2,800 jobs. This economic activity is estimated to generate more than $36 million in tax revenue for the Provincial and Federal Governments.

Progress

The Inside Passage Bike Route project is at end of Stage 1 which involved the route selection and mapping. Each coalition partner has established the best route through their area, created a map and identified alternative routes and points of interest.

Currently, in Stage 2, each partner organization is identifying sections that need infrastructure upgrades. Stage 3 is the development signage and wayfinding methods, including printed and digital maps. The end goal will be a continues signed recreational bike route all along the island with options for site excursions and alternative routes and point of interests.

Help Make it Happen

The $1 billion for cycling and walking proposed by the BC Cycling Coalition would greatly speed the completion of Inside Passage Bike Route and other cycling improvements on Vancouver Island thus enabling residents and visitors to experience the economic, health and environmental benefits of cycling sooner. Please sign the petition and share it with your friends, family and co-workers.