TraC hosts clean a bike lane day

Staff writer
February 20, 2014 01:00 AM

Transportation Choices - Sunshine Coast (TraC) is organizing a Spring bike lane cleaning day at two locations tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 21)

The first location is at Halfmoon Bay Elementary School. Meet at corner of Northwood and Westwood roads by the school at 10 a.m. Bring a stiff broom, a willing pair of hands, and let's clean up a winters worth of gravel and dirt.

The second location is Roberts Creek Road. Meet at the Gumboot Café at 3 p.m. Bring a shovel, a broom, a safety vest and some gloves and a sense of fun.

Debris collecting on bike lanes and shoulders is a serious safety issue for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers alike. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) is responsible for road maintenance and cleaning for many of the main cycling routes on the Coast, but the debris often sits for months before it is cleared.

"Clean, safe bike lanes should be a priority for MOTI, and if they won't clean up the gravel and dirt, we will," said Martin Prestage, president of TraC. "We're going to start with roads near schools in Roberts Creek and Halfmoon Bay because they are used by children, and they deserve a clean, safe route for cycling."

TraC will measure the total amount of debris collected from the bike lane and present the data to MOTI and local governments, through the Sunshine Coast Regional District's transportation advisory committee.

For more information contact Prestage at 604-837-5943 or via email

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