Alternative Transportation Meeting Jan 14
On Thursday, Jan. 14, Susan Jersak and I attended a meeting called by Stewart Alsgard for residents interested in transportation.Â Susan and I were there to represent Transition Town Powell River. Â Below are some of the issues discussed:
1.Â Powell River is under pressure to develop a Greenhouse Reduction Plan and has signed onto a Climate Action Charter to become carbon neutral.
2. “Active Transportation” now means all means of transportation except driving cars
3. The BC Transit Authority is actively promoting communities that promote more walking and cycling
4. Community wide bus use has steadily increased and last year stood at 201,000 rides
5. A “Transit Fuel Tax” similar to Vancouver was discussed as a way to raise money to promote more local “active transportation”
6. Marked bike lanes for municipal roads was discussed and is a definite possibility with the annual repainting of the roads.
7. A road paving grant is to be used this year and the widening of Manson when it is repaved could allow for proper bike lanes
8. There is pressure to implement “active transportation” proposals before the Official Community Plans is finished
9. A “Bike to WorkÂ Day” was discussed as well as the B.C. Bike Race due here on June 30th as ways to promote bike safety and use
10. Walking paths were discussed with the idea to promote corridors between Westview, Cranberry Lake and the Townsite.Â Concerns were raised about how to safely share walking and biking paths.
11. Mayor Alsgard strongly recommends that groups interested in alternative transportation lobby city council as soon as possible with their concerns and suggestions.
Submitted by Owen Gaskell, Initiating Group member for Transition Town Powell River