Island Cycles: Trail Tales

October 23, 2003

  1. Goose Restored
  2. Lochside Chasing Airport Connection
  3. Hot data: Bikes by numbers
  4. Media Files: Trash Talk in the Globe and Mail
  5. Business Profile: Howard Johnson’s doorstep trail

Goose Restored:

The Capital Region’s Galloping Goose trail between Victoria and Sooke is open to traffic. A short section in View Royal is detoured for installation of new water services (between Atkins Rd parking lot and 6 Mile Rd). West through Langford and Sooke, the Terasen Gas project has left the trail with fresh and functional surfaces through most of the corridor. CRD Parks will polish up rough spots soon. A new bridge west of Jacklin Road accommodates two-way traffic and improvements to other intersections are being studied for future projects. Visit CRD Parks at www.crd.bc.ca/parks/

Lochside Chasing Airport Connections

Central Saanich Council is planning bike lanes for Lochside Drive north of Mount Newton Crossroad across the verdant farmland of the region’s peninsula countryside. Alternating between trail and road, the bike lane project proposed for 2004 would strengthen links between the trail and Sidney by the Sea, a bookish little town close to ferries and airport. Management at Victoria’s International Airport is keen on adding bike lanes to their access road and are researching locations on site for a bicycle assembly station.

Visit Central Saanich at: http://district.central-saanich.bc.ca/

See Victoria’s Airport at: http://www.victoriaairport.com/

Hot Data:

Reliable sources are counting 5,000 to 6,000 bicyclists a day using Victoria’s downtown connector to the Galloping Goose multi-use trail. New homes along the trail are selling faster than they can be built. Over $4 million dollars worth of housing sold in one year using the Goose as a carrot. U.S. studies show home values increase by 6% in neighbourhoods served by bike trails.

Personal Events:

Visitor from New York wants info on local trails for visit during Pro Walk/Pro Bike next year. Engineer from Michigan wants to get a head start on bike rentals. Cyclist in Texas wants maps to plan two week island tour. Calories a day needed to fuel average touring cyclist: 5,000.

See the Map and Guide at: www.cyclevancouverisland.ca Order yours from johnluton@shaw.ca

Media Buzz: Trash Talk in the Globe and Mail:

A summer issue of Canada’s national newspaper covered off-road playground at Victoria’s Hartland Mountain Bike Park. Trails designed by local mountain bike riders have claimed surplus land not used by the region’s landfill next door. You’d never know it was there. Some of the Island’s hottest trails run alongside more gentle routes for riders new to mountain biking. The source of all knowledge is the South Island Mountain Bike Society at www.simbs.com

Cycling on Vancouver Island has also been noted in Flare Magazine, the Seattle Post Intelligencer, Islands Magazine and Pedal Magazine.

Business Profiles:

Howard Johnson’s two Island locations are well situated for cycling and other active visitors. In Victoria HoJo’s Elk Lake locale keeps guests close to the region’s Commonwealth Pool complex and frequently home bases local triathlons. In Nanaimo step or ride from your room directly to the Millstone trail, gateway to Nanaimo’s waterfront trail. HoJo also includes bike tours among a selection of activities tailored to take advantage of the outdoors Island.

Visit HoJo at: www.hojonanaimo.com/ and in Victoria at: www.hojovictoria.ca/

Visit Commonwealth Pool at: http://www.gov.saanich.bc.ca/resident/recreation/scp.html

Find Nanaimo at: www.city.nanaimo.bc.ca

Get Maps: VICTA will carry an extensive library of local maps and information guides covering Vancouver Island. Contact: johnluton@shaw.ca

Got an event or tourism tip? Favourite Ride? Share it with VICTA. Contact johnluton@shaw.ca

Island Cycles is published for 800 readers by: John Luton, 22 Philippa Place; Victoria, BC; V8S 1S6; 250-592-4753/886-4166 (cell) johnluton@shaw.ca Coordinator, Vancouver Island Cycle Tourism Alliance & Chair, Victoria Host Committee for Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004