Bicycle Working Group 2018-02-15T06:04:42+00:00

The Bicycle Working Group (BWG) is dedicated to improving cycling on Salt Spring. A major focus is getting a bikeway through the island—the key reason Island Pathways started in 1988.

The BWG started in 2009, with a grant from the Salt Spring Island Transportation Commission to conduct a survey of resident and visitor cyclists on island, with the primary purpose of determining what route, indisputably, to build a bikeway through the island. The BWG then undertook a Cycling Forum, bikeway history presentation, Easter Bicycle Parade in Ganges (great fun with 90+ kids, but a one-off; too harrowing!), creation of a “Share the Road Brochure”, the Velo Village 2012 long-weekend extravaganza and winner of local, regional, and national awards, annual Bike to Work Week sponsorship, major inputs in the 2013 Pedestrian & Cycling Master Plan: Salt Spring Island Edition, quarterly bike counts, and more.

The BWG’s major thrust remains the completion of a multi-use, roadside regional trail through the island — the bikeway, that is, by a more accurate name. This involves working with the SSI Transportation Commission, the Capital Regional District Parks & Trails, and the B.C. government.


  1. Island Pathways Heritage Map with Bike Routes, including elevation profiles (PDF of our out-of-print map, still lots of useful information for cyclists).
  2. Share the Road” brochure for cyclists and drivers on Salt Spring, printed by Mainroad Contracting, which maintains Salt Spring’s roads, and carried by BC Ferries.
  3. Bike racks: Salt Spring Island bus service features bike racks on all busses at no extra charge.
  4. Bus schedules and information can be found on the transit website.
  5. Article for cycling tourists: “A Salt Spring Gander”Cycle Therapy magazine, Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition, Fall 2013, pages 8-9.

How to Build a Bikeway Through Salt Spring Island

The History of Efforts to Create a Multi-Use, Roadside Regional Trail Connecting the Three Salt Spring Island Ferry Terminals
adapted from a PowerPoint presentation for
Island Pathways 2017 Annual General Meeting

Click here or on the cover image to read.