Letter to the Minister – Active Transportation Infrastructure – Response


Alun Woolliams, President

TraC

coasttrac@gmail.com

286536 – Sunshine Coast Cycling Infrastructure

Dear Mr. Woolliams,

Thank you for your email regarding cycling infrastructure on the Sunshine Coast.

We are committed to investing in cycling infrastructure across B.C. to promote a safe transportation alternative that reduces traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions while supporting healthier living.

Through our well-established BikeBC program, we help towns, cities, First Nations and local governments create and maintain their cycling networks. BikeBC is a partnered program that shares the cost of municipal cycling infrastructure projects, such as separated bike paths and bicycle/pedestrian overpasses, with local governments. Since 2001, the ministry has invested almost $250 million in cycling grants and infrastructure projects across the province.

As you may have heard, we recently released a new active transportation strategy—Move. Commute. Connect.—which is designed to encourage active transportation use with a variety of incentives, build on the success of BikeBC program and work with communities to create policies and plans that support complete active transportation networks around the province. The strategy was developed following an extensive public consultation process and aims to double the percentage of trips taken with active transportation by 2030. You can find more details about the strategy on the ministry’s website.

The stretch of Marine Drive between the Langdale Ferry Terminal and the Town of Gibsons passes over some challenging terrain and through settlements that were developed 50 or more years ago. Filling in the gaps along Marine Drive with widened shoulders would be very costly in some areas as there is no room to construct without purchasing private properties and realigning existing roads. However, we will continue to work with local governments to find ways to make cycling an attractive option for commuting and recreation.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Elena Farmer, District Manager, Lower Mainland District, at 604 527-2272 or Elena.Farmer@gov.bc.ca. She would be happy to hear from you.

Thank you again for taking the time to write.
Yours sincerely,
Claire Trevena
Minister

Copy to:          Nicholas Simons

                        MLA, Powell River-Sunshine Coast

                        Elena Farmer, District Manager

                        Lower Mainland District