Velo Village…What to Expect

After more than a year of preparations, we’re looking forward to a lovely rural cycling festival on Salt Spring. We expect anywhere from 300 to 700 cyclists on Salt Spring roads during Velo Village. Good weather will mean more cyclists, poor weather will mean lower numbers.

Cyclists will begin and end their journey at one of the three ferry terminals. We’ve created three cycle routes that will take cyclists away from busy or dangerous sections of roadway. These are the Fulford, Vesuvius and Long Harbour routes. You can view the detailed route maps or download an overview map.

A number of local cyclists will take the 9:15 am ferry from Fulford to Swartz Bay so that they can sail on the BIKE FERRY (Skeena Queen) back to Salt Spring at 10:00 am. The BIKE FERRY arrives at Fulford Harbour at 10:35 am. When it docks up to 400 cyclists will ride about 15kms to Ganges.

FUN RIDE participants will be given the northbound lane along this route from Beaver Point Rd to Stewart Road, then east on Cusheon Lake Rd and north on Beddis Rd to Fulford-Ganges Road. This lane will be closed to all but bike traffic for about 3 hours.

While the FUN RIDE lane closure is in effect, motor vehicles will be able to move unimpeded in a southbound direction along this route. Motorists are advised to drive at moderate speeds and exercise extra caution.

Islanders planning to take Beddis Road northbound into Ganges will use Cusheon Lake Road to get to town. Those who usually take Beaver Point Road north towards Ganges will need to detour south to Fulford-Ganges Road. If you must drive along this route on June 23rd, please consider completing your trip before 10:30am or starting after 1:30pm.

Fulford Ganges Road will remain open to two-way motor vehicle traffic at all times and motorists are encouraged to use Fulford-Ganges Road as their primary north-south route Saturday morning. Expect some delays.

Should large groups of cyclists arrive at Vesuvius on Saturday, we’re prepared to control traffic between Mobrae Avenue and Central along Vesuvius Bay Road from 10:30 until about 2:00 pm. Motorists may experience some delays.

Once cyclists arrive In Ganges we’ll be directing them to the Bike Park at Art Spring.

Most cyclists participating in the festival will go home on Sunday. While it’s difficult to gauge exactly when cyclists will leave on Sunday, June 24th, we expect that most will arrive at ferry terminals between 12:00pm and 6:00pm. BC Ferries has added an extra sailing at Fulford on Sunday.

Motorists:

  • Expect some delays on Saturday between Beddis and Seaview from 11:30 to 1:30pm
  • Expect some congestion at the three ferry terminals, and leave extra time to ensure you make your connections.
  • Drive defensively: reduce your speed, exercise caution and share the road with cyclists
  • Wave to cyclists, show them they’re welcome here and that you support carbon-free, healthy, human-powered transportation on Salt Spring Island.

Greg Slakov is an island resident and is leading the Cycling Safety and Security Team for Velo Village.

 

 

June 13, 2012 3:18 PM