Editor’s note: This is part one of a five-part series from Coast Reporter and TraC (Transportation Choices) concerning commuter cycling on the Sunshine Coast during the annual Bike to Work Week set for May 26 to June 1.
Paving the way for a smoother ride for Sunshine Coast Regional District and Wilson Creek bike-to-work cyclists, TraC (Transportation Choices) volunteers were out once again recently clearing bike lanes to make for a safer ride.
An 800-metre stretch of downhill bike lane was cleared between the SCRD office and Cameo Road. This fast flowing section of bike lane is rarely cleared of buildup and debris, yet is the daily commuting route for regional district staff and other commuters.
“This bike lane had not been cleared in a very long time,” said TraC director Alun Woolliams, one of eight volunteers who completed the work.
This was plainly evidenced by the sometimes six-centimetre mud and gravel and thick turf creeping out over the paved surface: Fine for mountain bikers, but dangerous for someone on a commuter bike,” said TraC president Martin Prestage.
TraC’s facebook page at facebook.com/TraC SunshineCoastBC shows video of the sweeping in action.
With the annual Bike to Work Week coming up later this month, TraC will be guiding Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure as to which bike lanes are in the worst condition and need urgent attention. TraC members may step up the sweeping too, given more volunteers.
“We need more help. More members make light work on all matters regarding alternative transportation,” said Prestage. “Sign up for membership to TraC and join the Bike to Work Week movement.”
For free registration, check out www.biketowork.ca/sunshine-coast.
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