Now that winter has hit, the bike lanes are covered in snow. The District of Squamish’s website does not include that the removal of snow from bike lanes is a priority. The bus schedules are delayed, there isn’t enough parking. What are we supposed to do now? Not go into the community to support our local businesses? Now more than ever, we need to be supporting our local community, but bike paths haven’t been cleared and there are giant snow piles in our already limited parking areas.

The District of Squamish council is persuading residents to bike in town instead of drive, which would be ideal if it didn’t have an average rainfall of is 2871 mm per year in our area. Or maybe it just doesn’t work to bike because you have kids who need to go to multiple activities around the same time, or you don’t feel comfortable biking on the streets in Squamish. Whatever the reason, you shouldn’t feel the only option is to bike because there isn’t enough parking.

Why isn’t there enough parking for everyone? “This sentiment is not new. The council has seemingly rubber-stamped reduced parking variance sought by developers of downtown projects and opted for cash-in-lieu, the thought process always rolling back to encouraging alternative modes of transportation and spending efforts on green policy,” Rebecca Aldous explains in her article, Got Parking Problems Squamish?

Now that winter has hit, the bike lanes are covered in snow. The District of Squamish’s website does not include that the removal of snow from bike lanes is a priority. The bus schedules are delayed, there isn’t enough parking. What are we supposed to do now? Not go into the community to support our local businesses? Now more than ever, we need to be supporting our local community, but bike paths haven’t been cleared and there are giant snow piles in our already limited parking areas.

Photo by Josh Mcgarel, JMC Photography

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