In my view, the Galloping Goose/Lochside trail system can no longer realistically be deemed a linear park. Instead, it should be recognized and managed for what it is — a major regional transportation corridor and therefore subject to the provincial laws that govern the use of such corridors by all users, be they cyclists, pedestrians or dog-walkers. Moreover, there needs to be better co-ordinated sign management of the trail and intersecting roads among the CRD and participating municipalities.
Given the limited resources and staffing the CRD and local municipalities face, I don’t think the focus should be on enforcement, but rather on signs and education to minimize the safety hazards on the trail system. Some key steps to minimize safety issues would be:
• Manage the Galloping Goose/Lochside Trail system not as a linear park but as the major regional transportation corridor it has come to be.
• Develop clear, concise user rules for cyclists, pedestrians and dog-walkers using the trail system.
• Develop and implement clear, consistent signs throughout the entire trail system outlining these rules and safety measures.
• Distribute pamphlets containing a trail map, highlights and user-safety guidelines to local bike shops, hotels and other outlets such as B.C. Ferries to educate the public on use of the trail system.
• Conduct user-information days periodically throughout the year by setting up kiosks at key trail locations where CRD staff and volunteers can provide information on the safe use of the trail system.
Edited by amor de cosmos, 20 July 2014 - 09:53 AM.