Pedestrian bridge advances a step

Mayba feels that the time is ripe for a non-vehicle crossing of the Roger Creek ravine.

A pedestrian and cycling crossing over the Roger Creek ravine just got a little closer to reality when council referred John Mayba’s proposal to the city’s strategic planning process on Monday.

According to Mayba, who presented his idea on behalf of the Alberni Valley Transition Town Society and the Alberni Environmental Coalition, his proposed crossing would benefit the whole community as well as being a draw for tourists.

Mayba feels that the time is ripe for a non-vehicle crossing of the Roger Creek ravine.

“The city has undertaken an Active Transportation Plan recently in recognition  of increased interest in trails, cycling and walking for health and commuting benefits,” he said, adding that “the city’s endorsement of the Active Transportation Plan brings it a step closer to being able to apply for grant programs” including the Bike BC Cycling Infrastructure program, grants from BC Hydro and the federal government.

The project also has seed funding in the amount of $4700 set aside by interested community members from former Premier Gordon Campbell’s carbon tax.

While Mayba doesn’t currently have a dollar figure for the bridge costs, city engineer Guy Cicon told council that the project cost would likely be in “the million dollar plus range… depending on the length and the width.”

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