Initiatives

Sunshine Coast Bike Route


What is the Sunshine Coast Bike Route?

The Sunshine Coast Bike Route (SCBR) is a TraC project in partnership with the Sunshine Coast Tourism Association, local government, the Powell River Cycling Association and the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The SC Bike Route is a designated bike-touring route linking the entire Sunshine Coast from Langdale to Powell River. It has been designed to draw more cyclo-tourists to the region, while also serving the needs of local cyclists. The more pedals on the road, the stronger the case for investment in bike lanes!

App & Map

Download the Sunshine Coast Bike Route app! The app contains everything local and visiting cyclists need to enjoy a ride on the Coast: direct and scenic route options, hill profiles, restaurants and craft breweries and other sites of interest.

Cyclists coming off the Langdale ferry are also greeted by a large Sunshine Coast Bike Route sign located in the overflow parking lot. The sign includes an overview map, directions on downloading the app, and custom made iron artwork.

Stay tuned for printed maps developed in partnership with the Sunshine Coast Tourism Association .

Why a Coastal Bike Route?

Gibsons to Earl’s Cove

Cycling is one of the fastest growing recreational activities in North America, and cyclo-touring is a growing sector of the tourism economy.   Some facts to consider:

  • Québec’s La Route Verte generates an estimated $200 million in economic benefits for communities along the route.
  • Oregon’s bike touring infrastructure is attracting up to 1.2 million visitors/year, with average expenditures of $83/day.
  • In 2008 cyclo-tourists contributed $40 million to the economies of communities along the Great Allegheny Passage between Marlyland and Pennsylvania.
  • The BC Cycling Coalition estimates the potential for $20,000 expenditure per year per kilometer of developed bike route.

The Sunshine Coast is ideally situated to capitalize on this growing market.  We are the closest daytrip and multi-day destination to the Lower Mainland, easily accessible by visitors arriving via the Vancouver International Airport, and a natural part of a larger Circle Route that connects to Vancouver Island via Horseshoe Bay or Powell River.

Sponsors

TraC would like to thank the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation, Sunshine Coast Conservation Association, Sunshine Coast Cycling Association, BC Ferries, MOTI, TrailMapps, Phitted Designs, Beth Hawthorn Design, Tree Studios and countless volunteers for their time, skill, funding and support.

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