Colwood is optimistic about a grant that would pave the way for a bridge across Island Highway for pedestrians and cyclists.
“We haven’t heard back yet on our application for a federal Infrastructure Canada grant,” said Mayor Rob Martin. “We’re expecting it to come through in August, and we’re really excited about the concept of continuing on the journey to create an active transportation model for our community that really encourages more people to be walking and biking.”
The crossing is pivotal because it’s the only interruption on the Capital Regional District’s Galloping Goose Trail, which is highly valued and well used, Martin noted.
This would be a great addition to the trail..... this section of the trail averages over 800 trips daily (up around 1200 / day on nice summer days). That's a lot of people to be diverting onto sidewalks / on-street bike lanes to cross at Island Highway / Ocean Blvd intersection. And the number of trail users should increase substantially if this obstacle / detour is removed.