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.
GOOD THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT CYCLING ON SALT SPRING
- Island Pathways Heritage Map with Bike Routes, including elevation profiles (PDF of our out-of-print map, still lots of useful information for cyclists).
- 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.
- Bike racks: Salt Spring Island bus service features bike racks on all busses at no extra charge.
- Bus schedules and information can be found on the transit website.
- Article for cycling tourists: “A Salt Spring Gander”, Cycle Therapy magazine, Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition, Fall 2013, pages 8-9.
SALT SPRING’S PLACE IN THE (INFORMALLY NAMED) SALISH SEA TRAIL NETWORK
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