Sustainable Gabriola Initiatives
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Cyclepaths - A group of Gabriolans starting working on island cycle paths following a Sustainable Gabriola community discussion about transporation priorities . The Cyclepaths group created a report that outlined a proposed cycling route, together with a corresponding Land Use Bylaw. Stretches of the route that have safety risks were identified together with recommendations regarding addressing those risks. The focus of the report is on side of road cycle paths. Pedestrians, young children, people using electric carts, strollers, and walkers are also users of these paths. The Islands Trust LTC used the report as the basis for incorporating cycle paths into the Official Community Plan. Work is now underway to make these paths a reality. To view report - /uploads/3/4/4/3/34431970/cyclepaths_of_gabriola_report.pdf
Community Bus Project - For many years, a keen interest in public transit for Gabriola has been evidenced in numerous petitions, surveys and our last two Official Community Plans. From discussion at forums initiated by Sustainable Gabriola, a core community group has emerged committed to carrying this interest forward. In late spring 2013, a 2-year pilot study will be started to demonstrate whether there is sufficient ridership on the Island to justify a public transit system. The pilot study has been supported by community donations of Climate Action Dividends and by Federal Gas Tax funding of the Community Works allocation for Gabriola, Mudge and DeCourcy Islands.
Photo credit: Victor Anthony
Ferry Consultation Community Workshop - Sustainable Gabriola, in collaboration with the Ferry Advisory Committee, hosted a public ferry consultation on December 8th, 2012 to ensure that Gabriolans had the opportunity to provide thoughtful comprehensive feedback to the narrowly focused BC ferry consultation process. The three hour community workshop attended by 35 people resulted in a joint submission to the provincial government outlining 15 recommendations on all aspects of the ferry service including: purpose and focus of service; accountability; governance; service delivery models; and, planning for the future.
Heat Pump Social Enterprise - Based on heat pumps using approximately 1/3 the amount of electricity that baseboard heaters do to produce the same amount of heat, a social enterprise has been established whereby Gabriola homeowners can acquire heat pumps at cost in return for a donation to Sustainable Gabriola. Improving heating efficiency by replacing baseboard heaters with a heat pump has the potential to save the average homeowner who heats (only) with electricity an estimated 1100 kWh or $1000 per year. For more information - http://islandfutures.ca/ideas.html or send and email to firstname.lastname@example.org