This Saturday, Sept. 8, as many as 7,000 cyclists will ride the spectacular journey along Sea to Sky Highway 99 from downtown Vancouver to Whistler in the third annual RBC GranFondo Whistler.
Traffic modifications will be in effect and there will be impacts for motorists sailing on B.C. Ferries and disembarking at Horseshoe Bay between 6 and 9 a.m.
The eastbound lanes of the Upper Levels Highway 1 will be closed to traffic from Horseshoe Bay to Taylor Way Blvd. For this period of the morning eastbound motorists will be re-directed through West Vancouver along Marine Drive. Course marshals and signage will be in place to notify residents and direct riders.
These impacts will affect three sailings: the 6:20 a.m. from Nanaimo, the 6:20 a.m. from Langdale, and the 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. sailings from Bowen Island.
Disembarking trucks from these ferries that are three axles or more and heading eastbound will be stacked on Highway 1 at Exit 0 until 9 a.m.
To learn more about the event and traffic information go to www.september8.ca.
TELUS eases back-to-school burden
This year, the Sunshine Coast TELUS Community Ambassadors are easing some of that back-to-school financial strain for families in the area as 300 students will receive a free backpack filled with school supplies in time to start the new school year. This initiative is part of TELUS’ Kits for Kids program, an annual tradition through which thousands of backpacks are distributed to young students in need across Canada.
“Back-to-school preparation is a crucial step in our kids’ academic success. Each parent wants their child to have everything they need to start the school year on the right foot. Unfortunately, several of them are unable to do so due to financial hardships,” said Manjit Kang, local president of the TELUS Community Ambassadors. “Programs such as TELUS’ Kits for Kids are incredibly important for families in need.”
Since 2006, nearly 60,000 Kits for Kids backpacks have been given to kids in need. The backpacks are filled with the essential school supplies needed for each grade then the kits then are delivered to school districts in June to allow the schools to determine need and to be able to notify recipient children and parents before they break for the summer.