Friday, February 27, 2009

Be Car Free in the Comox Valley

Meeting report prepared by Tomiko Collins

On February 26th, the Courtenay Recreation Association hosted their Annual General Meeting at the Florence Filberg Centre. In conjunction with this meeting the CRA hosted a community forum entitled “Be Car Free”.

Approximately 80 valley residents gathered to hear presentations from various community groups. Presenting at this event was the Cycling Task Force, Active Comox Valley, GP Vanier Student Leadership, Access Comox Valley, Transit and the Cycling Coalition. The Mayor of Courtenay, Greg Phelps attended this event and the dialogue was chaired by Courtenay Council member Ronna-Rae Leonard.

The evenings activities focused on information exchange and dialogue. The night involved formal presentations, an open house and group work. Participants were asked to envision their ideal transportation system, suggest ways to celebrate their movement and imagine the situation for their fellow road sharers.

Many citizens shared their passion for cycling transportation, as well as walking. The desire for alternative cycling/walking pathways, as well as dedicated lanes for cyclist on major roadways was voiced.

This workshop was hosted to get citizens input and confirm the city’s commitment to healthy active lifestyles, and environmental sustainability.

The realization that alternative transportation is one of the components of a healthy community spring boarded this topic for the AGM.