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June 7, 2009

Pedal for the planet…

Filed under: Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 11:26 am

Dust off your bike, get your brakes working, stretch your muscles and come out for a ride on Sunday, June 28th (not July 1st as written in the Pender Post)!

We’re cycling for two reasons;  to raise awareness about climate change and to encourage people to cycle and use other modes of sustainable transportation on Pender.  There will be two meeting points; the front of Magic Lake and at Hope Bay, both will arrive at the Driftwood centre.  It is best if we meet at 11:00,  give ourselves half an hour to get organized, and hit the pavement at 11:30!  Estimated arrival time at the Driftwood will be 12:00.

At the Driftwood, we will walk our bikes around the centre, gather on the grass and be given a short talk on climate change, climate action and sustainable transportation on Pender Island.  Everyone is welcome to join;  children and families are especially encouraged to participate.  If you can’t come by bicycle, please try to arrive by foot, car-stop or carpool!  See you out there!

If you would like to participate or need further information please email or call Nadia Nowak. E-mail: northern@campusclimatenetwork.org  Phone: 250-886-9669.

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!

June 2, 2009

Free online community classifieds launched…

Filed under: Services — Jocko @ 6:18 pm

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A highly successful model for classified ads using a voluntary email subscriber list has been popular on Salt Spring Island since last February.  Users find they get quick responses to services, items posted for sale, available for free, or requests to find that sought after blender, lawnmower or record player.  And subscribers have found it to be a lot of fun.  Over 1500 people are now signed up and the numbers keep growing.  Everyday, new things crop up and efficient transactions made.

Because of the big success of the Salt Spring group, we have started a similar free, voluntarily moderated service for us Pender Islanders.  It may take a little while to get going, but as more people catch on and join the email group, then who knows!

Share the PIE!

Simply join the PIE (Pender Islands Email) free classifieds and messaging group by emailing alphapest@shaw.ca to join, then send your messages to the entire group (now over 60 members) using pender-island@googlegroups.com as the ‘send to’ email address.  You can then send out whatever you want as long as it’s of relevance to the Pender community.  As a member, you could also just sit back and see what others have to offer or need.  Group members may unsubscribe at any time.

(photo: Jocko)

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