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The Trail of the Okanagans - Help Complete this Spectacular Cycling & Walking Trail

One of the key natural features of the Okanagan Valley is a chain of lakes that are connected by the Okanagan River. Many small and medium-sized communities dot their shorelines. Vineyards and orchards welcome visitors and residents. It is a remarkably beautiful region.

Over the last few years trail development for hikers and cyclists has progressed to a point where it becomes feasible to connect all communities of the Okanagan Valley including Osoyoos, Penticton, Kelowna, Lake Country and Vernon with a continuous 250km pathway. Over 70% will follow abandoned rail trails along beautiful lakeshores, valleys and rivers. Only a very small portion will follow Highway 97 on a separate bike lane or go through suburban areas on residential roads.

The Okanagan Valley has established an international reputation as a cycling paradise. Unfortunately many cycling events are at the local level since there currently is no safe way of cycling from community to community. Several local governments and volunteer groups including The Trail of the OkanagansThe Okanagan Rail Trail InitiativeThe Gellatly Bay Trails and Parks Society and The Shuswap Trail Alliance have developed plans to address this situation. 

The vision of a valley-wide cycling corridor includes the development of loops and spurs that provide access to communities, vineyards, beaches, parks, the Trans Canada Trail and the many single-track mountain bike areas. Various studies have shown that significant economic benefits can be realized by encouraging cycling-tourism. In addition a safe, affordable, green transportation option is required for commuters and students visiting UBC Okanagan and the various facilities of the Okanagan College.

Though significant investments have already been made by local municipalities, regional districts and the Provincial Government, additional funding is required to build safe cycling lanes along sections of Highway 97, to acquire land leases from private owners and the Okanagan Nation bands, and to construct trails or to improve the surface of existing trails.

These infrastructure investments are expected to yield significant returns by extending the short summer tourist season into the spring and fall shoulder seasons, which is required to make additional private investment for businesses including hotels, restaurants viable. 

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The $1 billion for cycling and walking proposed by the BC Cycling Coalition would greatly speed the completion of Trail of the Okanagans and other cycling improvements in the Okanagan thus enabling residents and visitors to experience the economic, health and environmental benefits of cycling sooner. Please sign the petition and share it with your friends, family and co-workers.

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A Billion for Bikes - Cycling for Everyone Petition

I call upon the Government of BC to enable everyone in BC to cycle & walk in safety as part of their daily lives by implementing an Active Transportation Strategy that includes:

  • Investing $1 billion over the next ten years to:
    • Upgrade cycling & walking facilities on provincial roads & bridges
    • Complete cycling & walking networks in communities across BC
    • Provide safe routes to school for children
    • Build trails & routes for cycling & walking tourism
  • Ensuring that paths & protected bike lanes can be safely shared by people using wheelchairs, skateboards & in-line skates
  • Enhancing cycling education for children & adults
  • Promoting cycling & walking
  • Encouraging electric bike use by eliminating the PST & providing rebates
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Your generous contribution will help us mobilize the support needed to convince the Provincial and Federal Governments to make bold investments in cycling & walking through:

  • Outreach to organizations and businesses 
  • Petitioning to show the government that a lot of people support better cycling
  • Meeting with politicians and staff
  • Press releases and op-eds

Please support our efforts by making an on-going contribution of $5, $10, $15 or $20 per month or a one-time donation.

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  • Save the Trans Canada Trail in BC from Motorized Vehicles

    Large sections of the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) Rail Trails in BC are being threatened by motorized use including ATVs, dual sport bikes, motorcycles, automobiles and 4x4s. The use of these Rail Trails by motorised vehicles is ruining the surface of the trails making it very difficult if not impossible to cycle, walk or use wheelchairs comfortably on them. The noise and pollution of gas-powered vehicles makes using these trails much less pleasant for other trail users and the speed of these vehicles pose a safety risk. These rail trails, which include the Kettle Valley Rail Trail and the Columbia and Western Rail Trail form a significant portion of the Trans Canada Trail in BC, linking rural and urban residents with health and fitness benefits, active transportation opportunities and have great low-carbon tourism and recreational potential. For the past 20 years, volunteers across BC have worked to obtain the Provincial and Federal dollars and public donations necessary to assemble the TCT in British Columbia as a recreational greenway for cyclists, walkers and equestrians across British Columbia. The rail corridors were reserved and funded with the expectation that they were for cycling, walking and equestrians.  Adjacent landowners supported rails to trails on this condition because motorised uses are often incompatible or disruptive to farming and ranching. Because rail trail gradients are ideal for cycling, they are also highly attractive to cycle tourists who want to travel long distances on a pathway without highway traffic.  When the cycling tourism potential of these trails is developed, they will offer a superior trail product that would provide good family-wage jobs through trail related services and products and improve the livability of adjacent trail communities.  The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association completed in 2015 a strategy plan supported by Destination BC describing how these rail trails could be developed into a tourism product. We need to have money invested in natural resource management and transportation to solve the impasse with motorized recreation users.  Communities along the rail trail corridor deserve to benefit from gains in health and fitness, active transportation, and cycle tourism initiatives, as has been done elsewhere in North America.  One of the suggested ways to move ahead is to consider designating the TCT a linear park or greenway officially so that cultural, historical and natural resources are protected to the full extent possible, such as under the BC Heritage Act.   The status quo is not acceptable making it necessary that something must be done.  People cycling are being routed off the rail trails due to their poor condition onto highways.  These rail trails are often the only safe options for travelling between communities for those who can’t or don’t want to drive. The only other options are roads with high speed traffic that often don’t even have shoulders. We recognize that in addition to recreation, ATVs and other gas powered vehicles are used as low cost transportation by some who can’t afford to drive or are unable to drive. With rural poverty being a challenge around BC, we will work with groups and individuals to help address these issues with solutions that do not involve the use of motorized vehicles on rail trails. While improving cycling and walking will help many, we realize that not everyone can or wants to cycle or walk longer distances. Possible measures to consider are: Encourage the government to fund and build motorised trails that provide needed access without the use of rail trails Allowing ATVs to use road shoulders Allowing ATVs to use roads in a community Show Emails Show Mailing Addresses Email Some Note that your postal code may not always return your correct riding, MLA, MP and candidates. Contact Elections BC to verify your riding and candidates. Thanks to OpenNorth for the representative and candidate database. Write BC's Leaders to Save the Trans Canada Trail Tell them your experiences on trails damaged by ATVs and 4x4s. Let them know what great cycling and trails connecting communities would mean to your friends and family Optional email code to: John Horgan Premier M premier@gov.bc.ca PO BOX 9041 STN PROV GOVT Victoria BC V8W 9E1 Andrew Weaver Leader, Green Party of BC M andrew.weaver.mla@leg.bc.ca Victoria BC Rich Coleman Leader of the Opposition rich.coleman.MLA@leg.bc.ca Langley BC Doug Donaldson Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development FLNR.Minister@gov.bc.ca Letter writing tips Dear Friend Don't post this publicly Sincerely, If you have an account, sign in with Facebook, Twitter or email. Send me email updates Send me text messages I want to volunteer Yes. I Want to Help Save the Trans Canada Trail! cc: Claire Trevena Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure F Minister.Transportation@gov.bc.ca Adam Olsen adam.olsen.mla@leg.bc.ca Sannich BC V8X Jordan Sturdy Opposition Critic for Transportation and Infrastructure jordan.sturdy.mla@leg.bc.ca West Vancouver, BC V7W 2G9 Lisa Beare Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture lisa.beare.MLA@leg.bc.ca PO Box 9071 Stn Prov Govt Victoria BC V8V 1X4 Adrian Dix Minister of Health hlth.minister@gov.bc.ca Vancouver BC Sonia Furstenau Environment Spokesperson, Green Party of BC F sonia.furstenau.mla@leg.bc.ca Cowichan BC V0R 3E1 George Heyman Minister of Environment & Climate Change Strategy M george.heyman.mla@leg.bc.ca 642 W Broadway Vancouver BC V5Z 1G1 Find using: Current Location | Riding and Name | Postal Code Enter your Postal Code above to find your MP Loading... Loading... Lookup Your MLA Add another MLA Trails BC trailsbc@trailsbc.ca BC British Columbia Cycling Coalition info@bccycling.ca PO Box 47104 RPO City Square Vancouver BC V5Z 4L6 Send Email By entering your email, you consent to receive essential updates critical to making cycling safer for your family & friends from British Columbia Cycling Coalition. We respect your privacy. Your info will not be shared. You may unsubscribe at any time. By checking Send me email updates, you will receive action updates (1 or 2 per month) critical to making cycling safer for your family & friends from British Columbia Cycling Coalition. The larger our email list, the more likely the Province will improve cycling. You may unsubscribe at any time. We 100% guarentee privacy. Your info will not be shared. Privacy policy. Photo: www.castanet.net BC Cycling:supporters@bccc.bc.ca Thank You for Helping to Save the Trans Canada Trail Dear recipient.first_name_or_friendThank you for helping to save the Trans Canada Trail from motorized vehicles. Your letter really helps!Your message below has been sent to mailer.to and copied to mailer.cc Please help with this campaign: Share with your Facebook friends  Tweet to your followers Email your friends. A sample email is below Your donation will help us reach more people who are passionate great cycling: $5 per month $10 per month $15 per month $20 per month A one time contribution Best RegardsRichard BC Cycling Coalition Hi Please join me in helping to save the Trans Canada Trail and other trails from motorized vehicles. Send a email and let the political leaders know you want cycling and walking great trails in BC for residents and visitors. Here is the message I just sent: mailer.message.body Tell them about your experiences of trying to ride on trails wrecked by ATVs. It only takes a minute or two and will really help make a difference!  Yes. I Want Great Trails for Cycling and Walking! Thanks recipient.first_name_or_friend   

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