PenderBlog From The Pender Islands Of Canada

June 4, 2009

More car stops!

Filed under: Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 6:44 pm

From Moving Around Pender (MAP) Alternative Transportation Society:

Following the success of the pilot scheme, the Ministry of Transportation and Highways has agreed to a further 13 Car Stops, making a total of 29 between North and South Pender Islands.

The new stops will be in position at the end of June, and will enable more people to make use of them.  The new locations include Hope Bay, Harbour Hills, Poets’ Cove, Medicine Beach Market, and near Otter Bay Marina.  There will also be a number of new sites around Magic Lake, and on Port Washington Road.

MAP has received many helpful and enthusiastic comments on the first 16 Car Stops, and as a result, five of the original stops are to be moved, in most cases just a matter of a few yards.  The most important one is the stop situated at the mail boxes on Buccaneers and Schooner.  This stop will be moved around the corner to a place near the mail boxes by the Ball Park.  It will mean that everyone leaving Magic Lake will pass this spot.

The Car Stops program is being adopted by a number of the Southern Gulf Islands, and much of its success lies in the fact that it is entirely voluntary on both sides: you can either give a lift, take a lift or not as you see fit.

We hope you will occasionally leave your car at home and use this system of transportation which is ideal for small communities.  Fewer cars on the road equal safer roads, fewer parking problems at commercial centers, and an increase in community spirit.

See you at a Car Stop!

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