Take the CRD Regional Trails Survey

May 27, 2013

Victoria, BC- The Capital Regional District (CRD) is conducting a survey about our regional trails this summer to gather information on trail use, experiences and management. The survey is being launched during Bike to Work Week beginning May 27 and runs until August 9, 2013.

The survey is available on online at the CRD Regional Parks website. In addition, CRD Regional Parks’ attendants will administer the survey at several locations along the three trails beginning in late June. They will be located at various times at Colville Park (Esquimalt), Veterans Memorial Parkway (Langford), Mt. Newton Cross Road (Central Saanich), Switch Bridge (Saanich); Atkins Road Rest Stop (View Royal); and Roche Cove Regional Park (Sooke).

“The survey will help us prepare a trail management plan for the Galloping Goose, Lochside and E&N Rail Trail – Humpback Connector,” said Larisa Hutcheson, General Manager of Parks and Environmental Services. “The information we gather will provide insight into the public’s views on the management and development of these trails. We invite the public to share your experiences and insights with us.”

Those who take the survey may enter to win our draw prize - a $100 gift certificate at a local restaurant of your choice. A summary report will be available on-line.

The CRD regional trail system comprises about 80km. These trails connect regional communities and green spaces, promote the use of alternative, active transportation, and provide opportunities for recreation.

Additional Resources 
Regional Trails Map
E&N Rail Trail Map

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For media inquiries, please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks
250.360.3332 | cell: 250.889.8030

Backgrounder

CRD Regional Trails System

The CRD regional trail system comprises about 80km and includes the popular Galloping Goose and Lochside, as well as the new E&N Rail Trail – Humpback Connector (currently under construction). These multi-use trails connect regional communities and green spaces, and promote the use of alternative transportation.

The Galloping Goose Regional Trail spans 55 kilometres from the Johnson Street Bridge in Saanich to Kapoor Regional Park in Sooke. It is part of the Trans-Canada Trail, a national multi-use trail system linking trails from coast to coast. The Galloping Goose was originally a freight railway line built during the First World War.

The 29-kilometre Lochside Regional Trail runs from Swartz Bay in Sidney to the Switch Bridge in Saanich. It is also a former railway line.

The E&N Rail Trail is being built in phases. Phase 1 is underway and will provide a 14.3 kilometre contiguous route from Esquimalt Road in Victoria to Jacklin Road in Langford using rail trail and cycling lanes on streets. Eventually this trail will stretch from the Johnson Street Bridge in Victoria to Humpback Road in Langford.

Residents and visitors alike love traveling these pathways, on foot or by bicycle, through farmland, over forest, alongside ocean views, past nearby parks, all within a day’s travel of Victoria. The Galloping Goose and Lochside regional trails received approximately 2.7 million visits in 2012.

Shared Trails, Shared Experiences

Adopt these simple trail habits:

  • Share the trail and keep right except to pass.
  • When passing, alert other trail visitors and use caution, particularly around horses.
  • Cyclists yield to all other trail users, and hikers yield to equestrians.
  • Keep your dog on a leash on the Lochside and E&N; keep your dog under control and on the trail on the Galloping Goose.
  • Pick up after your pets so it doesn’t leave behind harmful health and environmental impacts.
  • Be alert and visible - wear reflective gear, use caution at road crossings.
  • Respect the trail environment and neighbouring lands; do not remove or disturb animals or plants, such as wildflowers.
  • Motorized vehicles, camping, open fires and alcohol are prohibited.