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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-use 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 prioritization 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.

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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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