Our trails can be better, help us get there

Our trails can be better, help us get there

The regional trails are a well-loved, well-used and highly important part of the CRD’s transportation and recreational network, but as they enter their third decade, changes are needed to keep up with use and meet expectations. Read on and tell the CRD Board about what you would like to the see below.

The regional trails are a well-loved, well-used and important part of the CRD’s transportation and recreational network, but as they enter their third decade, changes are needed to keep up with use and meet expectations. Read on and tell the CRD Board about what you would like to the see below.

Lighting

In order to improve safety & comfort,  the entire urban portions of the Galloping Goose, Lochside & E&N trails should be lit, to provide a safe environment for walking and biking at all hours, especially during the winter months when there is limited daylight.

Unlit trails are a barrier to people. Unlit E&N Rail Trail
Unlit trails are a barrier to people

Separation of pedestrian and bike traffic

As the trails continue to get busier, further separation of bike riders from pedestrians is required. Mixing of the different speeds of pedestrians and bike riders inevitably leads to conflict. Two parallel paths, as the city has done south of the Selkirk Trestle, needs to built.

Rider on Galloping Goose Regional Trail with walking path
Walking on the edges of the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. Photo Credit: RA Patterson https://www.flickr.com/photos/bcpaterson/29635299467/

Trail Surface

Our trails are starting to show their age – paving is cracking, wooden trestles are bumpy and more maintenance dollars are needed. One major trestle, Todd Creek, has been closed for years due to emergency repairs, something that could happen to other bridges & trestles.

Closed sign on the Todd Creek Trestle on the Galloping Goose Regional Trail
The Todd Creek Trestle has been closed for almost three years

What are we asking for?

  • Develop plan to light & separate the urban portions of the Goose & Lochside in 2019, as well as light the E&N
  • Commit that by the end of the 2020:
    • Urban trails are lit
      • E&N from downtown to downtown Langford
      • Galloping Goose to Wale Rd
      • Lochside to McKenzie Ave
    • Galloping Goose to Wale Rd & Lochside to Mckenzie Ave have been separated
    • Replace all wooden trestle surfaces with better surface within 2 years
  • Increase maintenance dollars to keep all trails in better repair

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