Southern Gulf Islands Transportation Integration

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What's it all about?
School Water Taxi at Miners Bay

This project proposes a new transportation function for the Capital Regional District (CRD) to support better mobility in the Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area: Galiano, Mayne, Saturna, and North & South Pender Islands (SGI). With a new service, the CRD could provide funding for the community buses (public transit), facilitate improvements to active transportation networks (for walking, cycling and rolling), and integrate with opportunities for additional inter-island travel between the islands (beyond BC Ferries). For more information, see the various links on the right.


Galiano Community Bus (2017-2019)
Why is the CRD doing this project?

Residents have asked the CRD to support the community buses and provide transportation alternatives that advance community goals of sustainability, livability, and mobility throughout the region. In 2018, the SGI Community Economic Sustainability Commission (CESC) requested the CRD Board create a Transportation Commission to achieve this.


Pender Island Community TrailWhat's going on?

This project is being led by a diverse group of islanders and professionals to develop solutions that have been grounded in local community experience and are guided by specialists in the field of planning, transportation, and all things SGI (See "Who is Involved?" in background resources, on right). Over the fall and winter, we are engaging the community and will develop and cost out options for review by the SGI Community Economic Sustainability Commission (CESC), and approval by the Electoral Areas Committee and CRD Board. In 2022, if there appears to be community support, we will propose a bylaw that would establish the service. There will be further consultation, and subject to CRD Board approval, voters get to decide in a referendum at the General Election in October 2022.


How do islanders provide input?

This fall, there are opportunities for islanders to take surveys and engage on this site, and in the late fall, we may be able to hold in person events. This project builds on a large amount of resident feedback and analysis already undertaken through past initiatives. See Background Resources on the right for more information, then get involved:

  • Complete the survey below
  • Use the map link below to tell us where you think specific changes are needed
  • Brainstorm in the ideas tool below
  • Look for upcoming events on your island
  • Subscribe for project updates using the 'Stay Informed' link at the top right
  • Contact us via the 'Staff Contact' link on the right.

What has happened so far?

In spring 2021, the project was initiated with analysis of past work, stakeholder interviews, mapping, and early input from the Transportation Advisory Groups (TAGs). The TAGs are ad-hoc groups made up of islanders already doing transportation: folks who run the community buses, build the trails, and operate some of the existing water taxis. In summer 2021, we engaged the TAGs again to discuss options and solutions (notes from these meetings are found on the right under background resources). The SGI team also set up information and community mapping tables at each island's community markets in late summer.


What's it all about?
School Water Taxi at Miners Bay

This project proposes a new transportation function for the Capital Regional District (CRD) to support better mobility in the Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area: Galiano, Mayne, Saturna, and North & South Pender Islands (SGI). With a new service, the CRD could provide funding for the community buses (public transit), facilitate improvements to active transportation networks (for walking, cycling and rolling), and integrate with opportunities for additional inter-island travel between the islands (beyond BC Ferries). For more information, see the various links on the right.


Galiano Community Bus (2017-2019)
Why is the CRD doing this project?

Residents have asked the CRD to support the community buses and provide transportation alternatives that advance community goals of sustainability, livability, and mobility throughout the region. In 2018, the SGI Community Economic Sustainability Commission (CESC) requested the CRD Board create a Transportation Commission to achieve this.


Pender Island Community TrailWhat's going on?

This project is being led by a diverse group of islanders and professionals to develop solutions that have been grounded in local community experience and are guided by specialists in the field of planning, transportation, and all things SGI (See "Who is Involved?" in background resources, on right). Over the fall and winter, we are engaging the community and will develop and cost out options for review by the SGI Community Economic Sustainability Commission (CESC), and approval by the Electoral Areas Committee and CRD Board. In 2022, if there appears to be community support, we will propose a bylaw that would establish the service. There will be further consultation, and subject to CRD Board approval, voters get to decide in a referendum at the General Election in October 2022.


How do islanders provide input?

This fall, there are opportunities for islanders to take surveys and engage on this site, and in the late fall, we may be able to hold in person events. This project builds on a large amount of resident feedback and analysis already undertaken through past initiatives. See Background Resources on the right for more information, then get involved:

  • Complete the survey below
  • Use the map link below to tell us where you think specific changes are needed
  • Brainstorm in the ideas tool below
  • Look for upcoming events on your island
  • Subscribe for project updates using the 'Stay Informed' link at the top right
  • Contact us via the 'Staff Contact' link on the right.

What has happened so far?

In spring 2021, the project was initiated with analysis of past work, stakeholder interviews, mapping, and early input from the Transportation Advisory Groups (TAGs). The TAGs are ad-hoc groups made up of islanders already doing transportation: folks who run the community buses, build the trails, and operate some of the existing water taxis. In summer 2021, we engaged the TAGs again to discuss options and solutions (notes from these meetings are found on the right under background resources). The SGI team also set up information and community mapping tables at each island's community markets in late summer.

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Southern Gulf Islands Map

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Help us map your needs!

What are your frequent travel destinations? Where do you want to see walking or cycling connections? Traffic calming signs? Bus stops? What about water taxi stops? Where do you need bike racks or benches? We are keen hear your thoughts! Click on the red pin for instructions.

Legend

The blue dotsin the map represent docks across the Southern Gulf Islands (i.e., Small Craft Harbours and BC Ferry Docks).

The orange lineworkin the map represents the existing trail network that can be found across the Islands.

The purple linework in the map represents the proposed CRD Gulf Islands Regional Trail

Note: An email address and screen name are required to be able to add locations to the map. Only your screen name will appear publicly.

Page last updated: 21 October 2021, 16:15