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Connect the Coast

A multi-use path for the Sunshine Coast

What is Connect the Coast?

Connect the Coast is a project initiated by TraC to encourage the creation of All Ages and Abilities (AAA) cycling and pedestrian infrastructure to connect Sunshine Coast communities.

Why do we need a multi-us path?​

A multi-use trail will provide many benefits to residents, visitors and local businesses: 

  • Increased tourism and local business revenue 

  • Reduced use of, and reliance on, private motor vehicles 

  • Reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle kilometres travelled 

  • Safe transportation alternatives for those who cannot, or who choose not, to drive 

  • Greater equity of access to the transportation network 

  • Enhanced population health 

  • Increased recreational opportunities 

What is TraC doing to develop a multi-use path?

In 2022, TraC commissioned a preliminary design report for the implementation of an AAA multi-use path along the Highway 101 corridor from Langdale to West Sechelt.  The report presents recommendations for active transportation infrastructure along 25 corridor segments as well as high-level construction cost estimates and prioritisation of segments. This study was funded by a generous TraC member. A second phase of the study, funded by a $50,000-grant to Sunshine Coast Tourism, will review the highway from West Sechelt to Lund. 

What's next in the process?

The next step in the process is to study the feasibility of the recommendations made in the Preliminary Design Report.  This will include:

  • Assessing the technical feasibility of constructing the proposed infrastructure types, taking into account local geography and topography, legal property boundaries and the placement of existing infrastructure;

  • Undertaking conceptual and detailed infrastructure design work based on the above;

  • Obtaining more accurate cost estimates for construction based on the above, and assessing the financial feasibility of constructing and maintaining the infrastructure over its full life cycle;

  • Assessing the environmental, social and economic impacts of the proposed infrastructure;

  • Undertaking stakeholder engagement including with affected First Nations, local businesses, community organizations, and the public at large.

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