Update, December 18th 2020
The RDN, CVRD and Ministry of Transportation have approved YES leadership of the new Joint Management Committee, and our goal now is to find $28,000 to pay for a Feasibility Study for the proposed trail.
Thanks to all the Yellow Bikes publicity and community support, the Ministry of Transportation decided to prioritize adding a paved bike lane to Cedar Road between Code Road and Haslam Road, which is now complete, and just awaits painting. We have asked if they can extend it up into Cedar, but that will depend on their next year’s budget. We asked if they could paint a double white line to separate the bike path from the road to create more safety for cyclists, but they resisted, saying it would cost an extra $50,000, which was not in their budget. We still aspire to have a properly separated multi-purpose trail along that stretch.
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:
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 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.
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
- Businesses and community services – bike repair, coffee shops, farm stalls, softball players
- And so much more
Future Potential Connections
In the long run, the train could connect to other present and future trails:
- The Great Trail (Trans Canada Way)
- The Salish Sea Trail
- Great Blue Heron Way (Tsawwassen)
- E&N trail
- Cowichan Valley Trail
- Ladysmith Heritage Waterfront
- Chemainus Trail
We have received letters of support from
- Paul Manly MP
- Doug Routley ML
- School District 68
- Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce
- Nanaimo Airport
- Mahle House
- North Oyster School PAC
- Yonder Wood
- McNab’s Corn Maze
- 49th Parallel Grocery
- Cedar United Church
- Diane Andrews, Mid-Island Horse Country
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
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
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!