News and Views from the Vancouver Island Cycle Tourism Alliance

March 1, 2003

1.        New Website Up and Running

2.        City Looks at Signs

3.        CRD Planning Trail Connections

4.        Goose Gaps Need Closing

Web Spreads

VICTA's new web site will expand coverage of cycle tourism across Vancouver Island. The site has already been advertised through a special cycling supplement in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. First new story was all about the capital's Seaside Route. Promotion courtesy of Sport Host who came through to pay for the Seattle ad thanks to VICTA member Hugh Macdonald. Check out the site at: www.cyclevancouverisland.ca

Sign Kiosk Planned

Victoria City Council has respond to a request by VICTA to link the downtown terminus of the Seaside Route to the Galloping Goose trail. Finding the trail is often a challenge for visitors who don't often venture across the blue bridge. Seaside route signage was envisioned to incorporate information at the trailhead adjacent to the E&N train station and at the link to the Lochside trail in Saanich. City staff will work with VICTA to design an information kiosk highlighting the Seaside Touring Route and linking it to the trail. For more information on the issue contact: jluton@horizon.bc.ca

Goose Links to Cowichan Valley

CRD Parks is planning trail connections north through the Sooke Hills to connect the Galloping Goose to the Cowichan Valley, an important link to support regional recreational and touring cycling. A gateway at Humpback Road is being planned and stakeholders, including VICTA, will be invited to review design concepts and route plans for the new trail links. VICTA invites you to share your ideas on the proposal. Send comments to jluton@horizon.bc.ca


Closing the Gaps on the Galloping Goose

Connecting the trail north to the Cowichan Valley is good news. Gaps remaining in urbanized areas will still need to be addressed for many visitors and local cyclists to link to any new facilities. Overpasses at Juan de Fuca and at Kelly Road/Millstream are two projects that are needed to open up the trail system to the north and west to Sooke. At Jacklin Road in Langford, a push button crossing would likley work for trail users trying to cross a busy arterial. You can help make it happen: Write to the CRD, Colwood, Langford and MLA Arnie Hamilton. Recent expresssions of provincial interest in supporting cycle tourism through trail projects should be explored for project support. For further information on who to write and draft letter templates, contact: jluton@horizon.bc.ca

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 VICTA. Contact jluton@horizon.bc.ca

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This issue's event profile:

Seattle International Bike Expo

Every year the Cascade Bicycle Club hosts the International Bicycle Expo. Hundreds of suppliers and cycling industry specialists gather to show their stuff. The expo runs this weekend from Friday, February 28th through Sunday March 2nd at the Seahawks Exhibition Centre. VICTA will plan a major presence for 2004 to showcase Vancouver Island to an eager market. For more information visit: www.cascade.org

News and Views are 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) jluton@horizon.bc.ca