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Bike-blazing a bright, sustainable future for Sooke

Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012: Explore the alternatives to business as usual (read: cars, consumption and the unexamined life) at the second annual Sooke Slow Food Cycle – an all-volunteer, not-for-profit initiative of the Sooke Transition Town Society and the Juan de Fuca Cycling Coalition.

Pedal with friends, family or on your own while exploring this lovely, relatively sleepy and still undiscovered corner of the wild west coast.  It’s a great way to rally with the community and show your support for a sane, human-scaled approach to bike and pedestrian traffic in a town, region and culture almost exclusively reliant on fossil fuels.

Our objectives:

1. To create a grassroots, family friendly event that celebrates active lifestyles (bike & foot), locally grown food and the core values of the Transition Town movement (sustainability, resilience and community) as they apply in Sooke

2. To showcase ways of living smarter, more sustainable lifestyles and offer participants takeaway ideas they can apply in their own homes and gardens.

3. To support our local food producers – farmers and backyard gardeners alike – by promoting the “good, clean and fair” mandate of the Slow Food movement.

4. To highlight Sooke’s potential as a cycling destination and key stop on the Pacific Marine Circle Route.

5. To prioritize the development of an integrated off-road trail and pedestrian network running from Whiffen Spit Road east to the Galloping Goose trail (as per Sooke’s Official Community Plan).

6. To offer an awesome, inspiring day of fresh air, community and shared hope for a more sustainable future where it counts: in our homes, families, lifestyles & environmentally smart and respectful choices.