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Strathcona Regional District wants feedback on Cortes Island’s active transportation needs

Two workshops and survey taking place in April will inform Official Community Plan update this year
Active transportation means any kind of human-powered transportation — including walking. Photo courtesy Strathcona Regional District

The Strathcona Regional District will be updating its official community plan for Cortes Island in the next year, and is asking islanders for some feedback related to active transportation on the island.

The SRD has retained Urban Systems Ltd. to do a study and collect data on active transporation networks, facilities and challenges on Cortes Island. An online survey has been set up and will be open until May 1. There will also be a series of workshops, one virtual and one in person, sharing an overview of the project and to hear islanders’ thoughts on active transportation policies for the island, as well as opportunities for collaboration with Cortes Island organizations.

“If you, or another representative from your organization, are interested in participating in the workshop(s), please RSVP to and include your preference (virtual or in-person attendance on Cortes Island),” says a release from the SRD. “We will be sure to provide the information necessary for your participation.”

Active transportation includes a range of human-powered modes of transport like walking and cycling.

“Through this project, the SRD hopes to better understand how residents and visitors move across the island and how the regional district can encourage more trips by active transport modes,” the release says. “We know that local knowledge and input is critical, so hope you will share with us!”

The survey is available on the SRD website. The virtual workshop will be on April 21 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The in person workshop will be the following Tuesday (April 26) from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Manson’s Hall, 983 Beasley Road.

The project will be funded through the Union of B.C. Municipalities’ Active Transportation Planning grant program. The goal of the program is to help local governments add active transportation elements into planning documents like Official Community Plans, as well as identify ways to improve existing networks.

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