Why aren't we building more bike paths?
Active transportation is a subject that I and many in Roberts Creek are passionate about. In the past, we have been able to use gas tax funding provided by the federal government to build bike paths, like the section of Lower Road between Joe Rd and the Heart of the Creek. Unfortunately, somebody at some point noticed that gas tax funding is only eligible on capital projects on property owned or controlled by the SCRD. Since roads are the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI), we can no longer use gas tax funds to expand our bike paths. But wait, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. After several years of back and forth, as I write this in December of 2020, we are close to a Memoranda of Understanding with MoTI, enabling us to recommence bike path building in the near future. Let's keep our fingers crossed.