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Multi-use trail touted for E&N line – Times Colonist

May 29, 2020

Developing a multi-use trail along the length of the old E&N corridor would benefit cycling commuters, boost tourism and small business and cost far less than reviving a defunct rail service, says a trail advocate.

Some people might prefer to cycle rather than ride public transit, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic, said Alastair Craighead, chairman of Friends of Rails to Trails Vancouver Island.

“It would be very beneficial in terms of providing an alternative transportation mode for many people,” he said, adding that cycling on trails is a safe way to travel.

Electric bicycles could be used to go from community to community, as the old E&N train used to do, Craighead said. “The electric bike is something that is really revolutionizing commuting.”

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