Sunshine Coast Coastal Bike Route
The Coastal Bike Route is a joint project of Transportation Choices – Sunshine Coast (“TraC”) and the Gibsons and District Chamber of Commerce. Our vision is a designated bike-touring route linking the whole Sunshine Coast from Langdale to Earls Cove and on to Powell River that will draw cyclo-tourists to the Sunshine Coast, while also serving the needs of local cyclists in those communities as well as Gibsons, Secret Cove, Halfmoon Bay and Roberts Creek.
Why the Coastal Bike Route?
- 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. It’s not a question of whether to build a destination bike route, by why not?
Help Make it Happen
TraC strongly supports the Cycling and Walking for Everyone - Billion for Bikes campaign. The dramatically increased investment in cycling will really help move forward the Coastal Bike Route and other cycling and walking improvements on the Coast.
More on TraC and the Coastal Bike Route here.
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