Island Cycles - News from the Vancouver Island Cycle Tourism Alliance
  1. A Storied Island
  2. Tracking Visitors
  3. Map to Print
  4. Web Traffic Congestion
  5. Trail Updates 
  6. Blue Streak
Island Cycling Stories Go to Press:
"Parliament, Perennials and Pedal Power"
 
"Swoosh. That was the only sound giving them away.
 
In a flurry of spandex, a blur of colour and a rhythmic clicking of gears; five finely toned speed-cyclists brushed past me towards the highway in mechanical synchronicity. Me? I am not a cyclist. I am a bike rider. I would be choosing the road less traveled.
 
I warily eyed the vehicle that was to be my main mode of transportation for the next five days. Victoria was recently declared the "Cycle Capital of Canada". My friend and I were here to discover why."
 
Journalist Paula Steele jumped on a rented bike to discover Victoria and the Island.  Her story will appear in more than 20 newspapers around BC, Alberta and Washington State.  It's not the last time she will visit and it's likely more will follow.  For the complete story, and a list of newspapers it will appear in, visit www.cyclevancouverisland.ca
 
Tracking Visitors:  What cycle tourists have been looking for.
Recent inquiries on cycling the island include:  How do I get to French Beach? (it's out past Sooke), and what's the road like? (hilly but quiet).  Can you give me the lowdown on riding the Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Island's east coast between Parksville and Comox, to Ucluelet, Tofino and back (ambitious eh? - moderate traffic, a quieter coastal highway, and a big climb over to the spectacular west coast - you'll need 5,000 calories a day). How do I get my bike to Port Hardy? ($10 on the bus and it's a nice ride back).  More and more interested travellers are finding us every day.  Follow the buzz to: www.cyclevancouverisland.ca
 
Information on cycle tourism demographics can be found at www.cycletourism.com
 
Map Goes to Press:
The Vancouver Island Map and Guide is finally going to press.  30,000 copies will be distributed around the Pacific Northwest to show visitors what's cyclable on the Island.  Missed the map?  You can still advertise on our website. Info at http://www.cyclevancouverisland.ca/cviweb.htm
 
Web Traffic Growing:
Travellers looking for a good ride are clicking in.  Traffic at www.cyclevancouverisland.ca peaked at over 500 hits a day last month.  Direct links to bike friendly businesses and services, map sources and selections, tour profiles, photo galleries of island cycling, travel tips and today's Island cycling weather are what folks are after.  Visit often for new information.
 
Trail Update:  Galloping Goose Projects Nearing Completion
Three projects on the Goose from Langford west to Sooke will be finished later in July.  Capital Regional District Parks has completed work on a new bridge west of Jacklin Road.  Sewer line installation in Langford and a gas pipeline project in Sooke are continuing.  Don't despair, work will be suspended during the holiday weekend and those looking to ride on Canada Day will have access to the entire trail.    Bed and Breakfast operators along the Goose remind visitors that they are still open!  For more information:  www.crd.bc.ca/parks
 
Blue Streak:  Victoria's New "Bicycle Box"
Cyclists leaving downtown Victoria for the Capital's Galloping Goose trail just got a boost from the city.  A "bicycle box" to get a head start over the Johnson Street Blue Bridge.  The box is a advanced stop bar refuge for cyclists that allows them to get a head start on traffic heading across the busy bridge.  The new facility was laid down at the end of June and is filling up with local and visiting cyclists.  It's just one of the many special features found in the capital and all over the Island where cyclists are hitting the road.  See photos in the Gallery at www.cyclevancouverisland.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

This issue's events:
Zero Traffic Cycling: The B.C. Provincial Track Championships are being held at the Juan de Fuca Velodrome July  4-6 followed by the first annual American Track Riders Association meet on July 12-13.These two events will bring high calibre racers to Victoria.  It's a great spectator event for the cycling enthusiast and right off the Galloping Goose regional trail.  For more infowww.gvva.bc.ca/
 
Gettin' Down - Gettin' Dirty – Port Alberni Downhill July 27th
The 2003 Island Cup Regional Series features cross country and downhill races. These are fun races and the entry fees are $10.00 (downhill may have a shuttle charge). Contact Hugh Fletcher of the Arrowsmith Mountain Bike Club for more information.  250-248-5575 or visit:  www.nanaimomountainbikeclub.com/
 
Island Cycles is published by 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) johnluton@shaw.ca For more information on the Vancouver Island Cycle Tourism Alliance, visit: www.cyclevancouverisland.ca