Victoria, BC– A pilot project in the form of a demonstration trail is planned for Mayne Island as part of the Experience the Southern Gulf Islands Cycling and Pedestrian Trail Plan. The Capital Regional District (CRD), in collaboration with the Southern Gulf Islands Economic Development Commission, has prepared a draft cycling and pedestrian trail plan for Galiano, Mayne, Saturna and Pender islands.
The proposed demonstration trail on Mayne Island will be a 2.3 km trail route within the road right-of-way from the ferry terminal at Village Bay to Miners Bay. The CRD is working with Mayne Island residents to begin the detailed planning and design for the trail this year, which includes a survey of the boundary and location of the trail, trail design and trail development. $110,000 is allocated for the pilot project, including $50,000 from the CRD Regional Parks capital program and $60,000 from the Southern Gulf Islands portion of the Gas Tax Community Works Fund. There is no funding to construct the trail at this time; that will be undertaken once funding for that phase of the demonstration project is secured.
“Overall feedback from Mayne Island residents for this demonstration trail has been positive and supportive. The trail will provide a safe pathway for walking and cycling between the ferry terminal and commercial focus on the island,” said Southern Gulf Islands’ Electoral Area Director, Dave Howe. “This demonstration trail will be the first developed on the Southern Gulf Islands as part of a cycling and pedestrian trail network.”
The draft Southern Gulf Islands Cycling and Pedestrian Trail Plan is being reviewed by the communities as part of the public engagement process. The plan presents a vision for a trail system that will link people and places on each island and to Vancouver Island and the mainland. The trail system will also provide healthy and safe outdoor recreation opportunities for people to explore the islands and stay connected with nature.
The trail network will be developed over many years in phases. CRD Regional Parks is working with the Southern Gulf Islands Economic Development Commission and others to seek funding from a variety of government and non-government sources to advance implementation of the Southern Gulf Islands Cycling and Pedestrian Trail Plan.
The draft trail plan is one component of the Experience the Gulf Islands initiative of the Southern Gulf Islands and Saltspring Island Economic Development Commissions. It aims to build amenities for island residents and draw specialized tourism visitors to the islands.
Visit www.crd.bc.ca/project/sgi-cycling-pedestrian-draft-trail-plan to read the cycling and pedestrian draft trail plan.
The CRD is a local government that delivers 200+ regional, sub-regional and local services for residents of the region which includes 13 municipalities and three electoral areas within 2370 square kilometres on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD is working to serve the public, and build a vibrant, livable and sustainable region.
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Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks
Tel: 250.360.3332 | Cell: 250.889.8030