On September 16th Transportation Choices Sunshine Coast (TraC) partnered with Vancouver Coastal Health and the Sunshine Coast Regional District to put on an Active Transportation forum for rural and semi-rural communities at the Roberts Creek hall.
Forty two participants from the areas of Whistler, Squamish, Bowen Island, Sunshine Coast, Powell River, Bella Coola and Hawaii, USA convened for the day to learn, connect and share experiences to further active transportation efforts in their communities. Contributions from local government elected officials and staff, health, community cycling organizations, tourism, Ministry of Transportation, and private consultants combined to create an atmosphere of action-oriented conversation and idea-making.
Key messages from the forum:
- Transportation is the backbone of a community.
- When considering health costs and tourism and local economic benefits, investing in active transportation makes sense.
- Limited funds need to be used creatively and efficiently.
- We need to work collaboratively, say “yes”, take some risks, try out demonstration projects.
Tim Howard, TraC President was energized by the forum. “TraC would like to see active transportation embraced as part of our local culture here on the Sunshine Coast. Our goal is to build momentum towards better transportation choices and active, healthy communities, one success at a time.”
“One of TraC’s current projects is the Coastal Bike Route, which taps into the cyclo tourism economy”, says Tim. “As a spin off benefit, we’ll gain improvements in road infrastructure for all to be able to bike and walk safely on our roads”.