More than one way to get to Comox Air Show

There will be several ways to get to the Comox Air Show at CFB Comox on Aug. 17 that don't require a car.

As people begin making their plans to visit the 2013 Comox Armed Forces Day (AFD) and Air Show, organizers are reminding people there will be several ways to get to CFB Comox on Aug. 17 that don’t require a car.

“From the outset, we recognized that traffic congestion will be a major factor for people attending the air show,” said Maj. Dwayne Kerr, Air Show director. “We received tremendous support from the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition, the Comox Valley Regional District and BC Transit to develop ways for people to take transit, bike or even walk to this great family event.”

BC Transit will provide two artery routes to and from the Air Show.

For those who live far from the main bus routes in the Comox Valley, buses will service two ‘park and rides’ at North Island College and the Comox Valley Fair Grounds. More information on bus routes and schedules will be available before Aug. 17, as will information for those who choose to cycle or walk.

The Comox Valley Cycling Coalition (CVCC) will make the day cyclist-friendly by organizing a free and secure bike lockup.

“Bicycles take up a lot less space than cars, so cycling instead of driving will reduce parking pressure,” said Sue Vince of the CVCC. “Cycling is a fun and social way to get somewhere, so biking to this event is a good way to ensure the entire AFD is an enjoyable experience.”

“We hope that people who live in the Comox Valley and have the means to do so will look at alternatives to driving their cars on Aug. 17,” said Maj Kerr. “By reducing congestion on our roads, it means more time for everyone to enjoy the day at the Air Show.”

Tickets are available at all Thrifty Foods locations, CFB Comox’s Canex retail store and online at www.comoxairshow.ca.

In order to make this Air Show a reality, it takes the support of organizations and businesses in our community such as CTV, The Comox Valley Record, Thrifty Foods, 97.3 The Eagle, The Comox Valley Regional District, Sunwest Auto & RV Centre, WestJet, Royal Lepage, RE/MAX Ocean Pacific Realty, Coast Outdoor Advertising, Brian McLean Chevrolet, Courtenay Mazda, Primetek, Coast Environment, Shaw Cable, The Westerly Hotel and Convention Centre, Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, Harbour Air Seaplanes, The Old House Village Hotel & Spa, Western One Rentals, CIBC, All in One Party Rentals, Mt Washington Alpine Resort, Labatt Breweries of Canada, BC Ferries, Slegg Lumber, General Dynamics, Ambassador Shuttle, Georgia Straight Towing, the Comox Valley Airport and Comox Valley Economic Development. The Comox Air Show thanks all sponsors and patrons who have contributed to making this event a success.

BC Ferries is offering an extra round trip sailing to accommodate traffic returning from the Comox Air Show. A revised sailing schedule is in place for Aug. 17 on the Comox-Powell River route at 10:30 p.m. Visit www.bcferries.com/bcfservicenotice?id=806275 for more information.

Users of the Comox Valley Airport between Aug. 16 and 18 are encouraged to check the Comox Valley Airport website at www.comoxairport.com for updates and information on how and when to get to the airport.

For more information on the 2013 Comox Armed Forces Day and Air Show, visit www.comoxairshow.ca or follow it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/comoxairshow.

— Comox Air Show