Making Walking and Cycling Irresistible on Salt Spring Island

Dec 13, 2013

Victoria, BC–- The Salt Spring Island Edition of the Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan (PCMP) was accepted by the Capital Regional District (CRD) Board today after a year of planning with community stakeholders and government agencies.

Led by the CRD Salt Spring Island (SSI) Transportation Commission, with assistance from Regional Planning and Alta Planning + Design Group, the plan identifies network synergies that will make it easier for residents to walk and cycle around the island. Based on the Regional PCMP, the SSI plan offers an update to the existing cycling network and will help the CRD and other agencies identify and prioritize infrastructure investments over the next decade. 

“The PCMP: Salt Spring Island Edition recognizes our unique island context and helps identify short and long term investments that can improve community health and economic development,” says Wayne McIntyre, CRD Director. “It provides an excellent basis for future enhancements to pedestrian and cycling infrastructure and focuses on utilizing our existing roads to support active transportation for residents and visitors.”

The SSI Edition identifies a continuous Primary Inter-Community bikeway network that, when completed over time, will meet the needs of cyclists of all ages and abilities. The design guidelines for the network will also support pedestrians by making it more attractive to walk and will accommodate those with mobility challenges.

“The plan has a specific focus on investments that will enhance safety, increase connectivity between critical community destinations and support the tourism industry,” says John Wakefield, member of the project’s Technical Advisory Committee. “By making cycling and walking more attractive and convenient, we can improve safety, increase economic activity, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

Now that the plan is complete, the CRD Salt Spring Island Transportation Commission can begin investigating grants and funding opportunities for projects. The CRD will be using the SSI Edition as a part of its regional efforts in 2014 to expand innovative infrastructure, provide community education programming and encourage new cyclists and walkers.

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Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications
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