The Rusty Spoke

News and Views from the Vancouver Island Cycle Tourism Alliance

February 2003

1.        Seaside Touring Route inventory released

2.        Map and Guide available in time for Bike to Work Week

3.        Stats Can says Victoria is still tops

4.        Trail Tourism Gets a Boost

5.        Vancouver Votes Yes

See the Seaside

VICTA Chair Brian Hobson and Coordinator John Luton have created a route sign database for planning, analysis and promotions. Created after and inquiry from a Colorado journalist, the MS Excel spreadsheet pinpoints sign locations and identifies prominent features along a spectacular route directionally signed through 3 municipalities and salted with more than 20 public beaches over 30 km. For a copy of the inventory, contact: jluton@horizon.bc.ca

The Seaside Route can be traced on the recreational ride maps produced by volunteers of the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition. http://www.gvcc.bc.ca/

Map and Guide Targets May Release

Vancouver Island's cycling hotspots and supportive businesses will be profiled in the 1st edition of the Islands Cycling Guide under assembly by the Vancouver Island Cycle Tourism Alliance. The product will aim to highlight services and destinations around the Georgia Basin in easy reach of cycle tourists and day trippers visiting the region For information on VICTA's Map and Guide and supportive membership program, contact jluton@horizon.bc.ca or see rates at www.cycletourism.com Deadline is April 15th, 2003.

Census Figures on Transportation Released

Victoria is still the cycling capital of Canada. Figures released in February show that 1.2% of Canadians bicycle to work compared to .4% in the US. Victoria out-pedals every major city in North America with 4.8% of the population bicycling as the primary commute mode. View the numbers at:
http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census01/Products/Analytic/companion/pow/ftorbike.cfm

Province Plans More Trail Work

Trail planning work to support tourism objectives will focus on BC's Kettle Valley Rail Trail says a BC government news release.

The Ministry has identified 2,000 kilometres of abandoned rail corridors that could be converted to trails. Under the pilot project work will be done to develop a management plan for opening up 273 kilometres of rail corridors near Penticton and Princeton, including funding, implementation and maintenance. Tourism BC will be a partner in developing strategic marketing for the Rails to Trails program. Cowichan Valley and Grand Forks will also be considered for similar projects. http://www.gov.bc.ca/

Olympic Bid Endorsed

64% of Vancouver residents voted yes to the 2010 Winter Games bid. Turnout was a strong 46% of city voters. Whistler, central to the Games, is also a popular summer destination for mountain bikers and bound to attract the active travel market exposed through the Olympics.


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

Got an event or tourism tip? Favourite Ride? Share it with The Rusty Spoke. jluton@horizon.bc.ca

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Bike to Work Week 2003

In 2002, more than 300 teams and 3,500 cyclists participated in the 4th annual commuter challenge. 500 cyclists an hour passed over the Selkirk Trestle every weekday morning. A restored timber rail trestle, the bridge links downtown Victoria to 100 kilometres of regional trails popular with locals and visitors alike. For more information on Bike to Work Week visit http://biketoworkvictoria.ca/

The Rusty Spoke is John Luton, Coordinator of the Vancouver Island Cycle Tourism Alliance and Chair of the Victoria Host Committee for Pro Bike - Pro Walk 2004. 22 Philippa Place; Victoria, BC; V8S 1S6; 250-592-4753/250-886-4166 (cell) jluton@horizon.bc.ca