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Bowen’s New Mountain Trike has Arrived!

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Many of you will remember Sally Fitz-Gibbon’s great idea, and her successful application to the Bowen Island Community Foundation for a grant enabling the Bowen Island Library Foundation to buy a Push Mountain Trike.

Just recently, the eagerly-anticipated mountain trike arrived on the Island! The trike will enable people with mobility issues to experience our beautiful trails. It will be available to Bowen Island residents to borrow from the Library for the day in the same way they borrow items for the Med Shed (however, in this case, with a credit card deposit). The Library will also assume responsibility for maintaining and storing the bike, and will insure it as part of their insurance policy through the Municipality.

Caring Circle approaches BC Ferries about Assured Loading for Sick Bowen Islanders

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ferry5Ferry upgrades will help with wheelchair access and strollers.

Published: October 25, 2013

Bowen Island Undercurrent

The Bowen Island Municipality Transportation Advisory Committee (BIMTAC) meets twice a year, with senior officials from BC Ferries (BCF). We met last week, and there were a number of positive outcomes.

The Queen of Capilano will go in for an extended five-month refit (the mid-life upgrade, or MLU) in early 2015. BIMTAC has been working with BCF about both the issue of a replacement vessel (or vessels) and the work to be done on the Capilano. BCF have agreed that car carrying capacity will not be reduced during the MLU. BIMTAC will be presented with an analysis of options by the end of November.

The major construction item of interest to passengers will be provision for direct boarding at HSB on to the lounge deck for all foot passengers, including those in wheelchairs, baby carriages, etc. by cutting a new entry port into the vessel on the lounge deck. No more boarding at HSB on the sundeck! We will still have to get off from the car deck at Snug Cove, but the possibility will exist for second deck loading if and when BCF rebuilds the Snug Cove terminal.

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Driver Initiative Launched – September 28, 2013

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happy driverThe Caring Circle Advisory Committee is happy to announce their Driver Initiative Program. This program will be phased in over the next few weeks. In late spring, Barry Adams enthusiastically approached Colleen O’Neil, our volunteer Navigator/Coordinator, with the idea of starting a driving support team to help people on island who have no reliable means of getting to medical appointments (laboratory, physician, tests or procedures) both on Bowen and the Mainland.

Sixteen people have volunteered to be part of this driver team. As well, a Volunteer Support Team for this program has been formed; they are Mary Ellen deGrace, John Morrison and Diane Marshall. They have developed a Volunteer Driver Manual of guidelines for the drivers. All drivers must have completed a criminal record check, submitted a Driver’s Abstract from ICBC and attended a Driver Orientation to be a part of the Driver Team.
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New Facebook Ride Share Program on Bowen

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facebook logoThere is a new Facebook page which may be useful to people looking for rides to medical appointments or other errands https://www.facebook.com/groups/bowenislandrideshare/