A Yellow Point Trail

Update

The community response to the Yellow Bikes, the article in Take 5 Magazine, and on the Cedar and Yellow Point Facebook groups has been very positive. 90% of the comments on Facebook are either enthusiastically supportive, or supportive as long is taxes are not raised to pay for a trail.

We have a strong committee guiding our way forward. Thanks to everyone who is helping!

On September 15th we presented to the RDN Board, where we received a very positive response. A Notice of Motion was proposed that the RDN name one person to join the Joint Management Committee, and offer its support for the project. This will be voted on at the next RDN Board Meeting on October 27th

On September 15th we presented to the CVRD Electoral Area Services Committee, where we received a similarly positive response, referring our request to the CVRD Board on October 14th. This is the slide deck that we presented:

Our Vision

We have a vision of safe, healthy, sustainable travel and recreation in the Yellow Point area – and everywhere.

We believe there is a strong need in Yellow Point for a safe separated trail that could be used by walkers, cyclists, mobility devices and, in some areas, horse riders.

Practically, there may need to be a combination of trail designs to suit local conditions and the cost of building, with a separated trail in some areas and a widened shoulder in others. The trail’s development could also be phased to address areas of higher need first. 

The Proposed Route

We propose a 22 kilometres multi-use trail connecting local parks, schools, businesses, markets and community centres, in a circular route around Yellow Point and Cedar roads, with 10 km of connectors: 

(a) from the Chuckwagon to the Highway 1 / Cedar Rd S. Park and Ride and to Nanaimo airport/bus stop

(b) From Cedar Road N. to Macmillan Road, on the way to the Duke Point Ferry.

The Tofino-Ucluelet Trail

Local Connections

The trail would connect users to nine parks, including Hemer, Roberts Memorial, Yellow Point Park, Wildwood Ecoforest, and the Ladysmith Bog Ecological Reserve, and to:

  • Farms, farm stands, agricultural recreation, McNab’s corn maze
  • Schools – Cedar Elementary and Secondary, North Oyster and Woobank
  • The softball fields in Cedar
  • Churches –  Cedar United and St Phillip’s Anglican
  • Cedar and North Oyster community centres
  • Businesses, stores and markets, including 49th Parallel Grocers and Friesen’s
  • Resorts and campsites, including Yellow Point Lodge, Zuiderzee, Inn on the Sea
  • Pubs, Cafes and Restaurants, including the Crow and Gate, Coco Café, Slice Resto, the Mahle House, the Wheatsheaf and the Cranberry Arms.
Lake Minnetonka Regional Park Trail, Minnesota

Where Should the Trail Go?

The path would be built within the existing Right of Way (ROW), on land that is owned by the province. The roads along the proposed route are typically 6 metres wide on a 20 metres ROW, allowing 7 metres of space on either side for a trail. In some areas, the property lines are wonky, so the layout may need to vary.

In many places the roads are unsafe for non-car users, with blind hills, blind bends, narrow shoulders, and some drivers who are just going TOO FAST!

Cedar Rd has a fog line and narrow paved shoulder, but Yellow Point Road is mostly without a paved shoulder and is probably more dangerous.

Potential Path Users

  • Our kids walking to school
  • Cyclists commuting, exercising and volunteering and touring
  • Neighbours visiting
  • Dogwalkers going to the parks
  • Horseriders
  • Businesses and community services – bike repair, coffee shops, farm stalls, softball players
  • And so much more
A trail on Salt Spring

Future Potential Connections

In the long run, the train could connect to other present and future multi-use trails:

East Bay Bike Path, Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Gathering Support

We are gathering letters of support, seeking community support, and consulting people who have experience planning paths, including:

  • Other communities that are building trails: Salt Spring, Gabriola, Mill Bay, Central Okanagan
  • BC Cycling Coalition (YES is a member)
  • Transport consultants

What’s Next?

We need to:

  • Demonstrate sufficient local support for the project 
  • Engage key stakeholders including MOTi, CVRD and RDN to plan the project
  • Form a broader committee and a RDN Area A/CVRD Area H partnership, to advance the project,
  • Obtain funding for an initial Feasibility Study
  • Complete the various project stages, including
    • Planning and conceptual design 
    • Preliminary design
    • Detailed design
    • Tender and construction
  • Timeline could be from 2 to 10 years

What Should We Call It?

We are using ‘The Yellow Point Trail’, but it could equally well be

  • The Yellow Point Path
  • The Yellow Point Way
  • The Yellow Point Greenway
  • The Yellow Brick Road

Finding the Funding

We are looking for funds that are available for green infrastructure projects:  

  • BC Active Transportation Infrastructure Grant 
  • Gas tax 
  • COVID Community Infrastructure Grant
  • Other grants and donors

The Annual Bike vs. Bear Race

If you are interested to help, please contact Pamela Walker, 250-245-9155. If you’d like to share your thoughts, or make a comment, scroll down below to “Leave a Reply”. Thanks!

Author: yellowpointecologicalsociety

We are a non-profit society. We work to understand, appreciate, protect and restore the ecosystems and watersheds in the Yellow Point area of Vancouver Island and to inspire and support local residents and visitors to do the same.

27 thoughts on “A Yellow Point Trail”

  1. Great idea…could you somehow annex the Cedar By the Sea neighborhood.? We have no safe access in and out of our community. Picked up a sight impaired man who was walking up the dark S curves on Barnes in the pouring rain. He was coming home from an eye exam and the bus dropped him at Holden Corso and Woobank! Kids on their bikes take their lives in their hands just to get to safe biking routes.

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    1. If this proposed 22 kms of gravel bicycle trail is going to be used by walkers, cyclists, mobility devices, electric scooters, and horse back riders, the trail is going to require regular maintenance. Who’s going to pay for the regular maintenance fees. Is this another fee that’s going to end up on our property taxes? or is the Ministry of Highways going to pay for this? I would support the Ministry of Highways upgrading Yellow Point Road with road grade paved shoulders for each side of the road because there would be no maintenance work involved or additional fees for property owners. I think the largest user group, the Nanaimo Bicycle Club, could possibly consider taking on another local upgrade project by working to turn the defunct E&N railway line into a functional cycling trail. This is currently being considered in Victoria and makes a lot of sense to me… a bicycle trail from Nanaimo to Victoria!

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      1. These are all important questions that we need to address. We understand that although the Ministry of Highways owns the right-of-way, the two regional districts will be responsible for maintenance and upkeep. We are hoping that the work of building the trails will be paid for by means of a provincial grant for active transportation. There are many bike lanes and trails in BC.

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  2. I like the idea of a safe place to bike, walk, and hike while still leaving Cedar a rural community , but please remember to make the trails horse accessible as well.

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  3. Great idea and one badly needed for safety reasons. It should include a route from Nanaimo. As such it would attract many tourists such as Whistler does with its 60+km of paved bike paths. It would include more bikers and help reduce cars.
    Tom Hutton
    ps How about a side branch from Morden mine, a bridge over Nanaimo River, along Hemer Park and back up to Yellowpoint.

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  4. I support this initiative in principle. I would want to know where exactly the walking/hiking portions would be and with how many different user groups it would be shared.

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  5. i do not live in the Cedar area but i think it is a wonderful and safe idea and perhaps (due to cost n taxes) it could be done in phases. i would def use this trail as i love the area. i would also volunteer some of my time to help with what ever you feel you need help with.

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  6. Really not a fan of the ideal. Appears to be a pipe dream. For example on yellow point road theyre multiple pull offs for communal mailboxes, how would this be incorporated into a trail or subsequent driveways that are back to back. The additional traffic now backing onto former private yards. Who pays and supports the cleaning, upkeep and maintenance? Many blind corners on yellow point make this difficult to conceptualize. Pulling out of the many dipped and raised side streets to cross a potentially busy walking, biking trail that will attract people to the area concerns me.

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  7. I have raised two boys on the S-bend on Holden Corso/Barnes Rd. They are currently 12 and 14 and I STILL do not feel ok with letting them ride their bikes anywhere as they would have to navigate the no-shoulder/ blind corners on the S bend. I have lost 2 pets on this road over the years, even though our property is completely fenced, and there are frequent accidents there (I hear them all) as the roads that enter onto Holden corso (Lantern and Barnes) are in blind spots for the main traffic. I grew up in the city, and I rode my bike everywhere. Sadly, here I am in the country, in beautiful Ceda and the roads are not safe for children, or even adults. Not too long ago, an elderly man riding his bike, was driven off the road, nearly costing him his life. My neighbor actually trailers her horses 5 minutes down the road to ride at Hemer Park!

    I would like to do everything I can to help, and also add a route from MacMillan to Cedar-by-the-Sea. Jan is right, people from there are isolated. Kids can not walk to high-school, or ride to the bike-park safely. Adults would like to go to town or to enjoy Hemer trail by walking/biking/ riding their horse… We live in the most beautiful area ever, without this freedom! All because there is no safe way to navigate the S-bend on Barnes safely. At a minimum, or as a starting point, we need this. This would also connect the Yellow Point routes to the Cable Bay trail, too.

    I appreciate the research you are doing to make this a reality and together, Yellow Point/Cedar residents can make it happen!

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  8. I like ‘The Yellow Brick Road’ as this isn’t exclusive of the rest of Cedar, and everyone is familiar with the name. It has great fame, for a famous tourist area.

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  9. I am so thrilled that this is being considered! We have lived in the area a few years now, and I’ve always said that the one thing I’d love is to have better walking and biking paths. What a great way to connect the area, and for everyone to get out and be active. Also, our oldest is just starting to learn to drive, and trying to teach him to navigate the cyclists around Cedar and Yellow Point is a bit of a nightmare, a multi use path is a great idea.

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  10. I agree with Tom Hutton and with Karen Jones(but prefer the name currently being used -NOT Yellow Brick/confusing, misleading) I was the Vice-chair to previous RDN Area’A’ Director Alec McPherson on the RDN P,R & Culture committee. keith.wilson@rdn.bc.ca is the current Area’A’ Director. Call me when you have a minute Pam, I will help in whatever way possible as this has been part of my vision for years!
    Patti Grand, I will leave you a VM at 9155 Key person to contact is Jim Fiddick, he and other local riders organized the Horse Trail/signage & the ‘Bridge’ over the Nanaimo River is part of that endeavour when we both sat on the Area’A’ P,R & C Committee. There is a Grant application Online, that should be submitted now!

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  11. if you are having safety concerns along your proposed route, go to the RCMP and ask to talk to their liaison officer to the ministry of transportation, and be prepared to explain things to them, such as inadequate lighting at dangerous intersections, improper signage, indaequate sidewalks, etc etc etc

    for example go look at the intersection on cedar road at yellowpoint road by the north cedar fire department, and just look at how dangerous it is, and i mean really look at it and think of how it can be improved to almost olympic level standards, 21st century street lighting, reflectors, street sweeping, properly painted crosswalks, cutting away bushes that are to close to the road, etc etc etc

    i did this once and they dropped over 4 million $$$ on my suggestion
    best of luck

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