The Change.org petition is intended to gather overwhelming community support for the establishment of an off-road cycling area(s) in conjunction with multi-use trails in Haro Woods so that all visitors including mountain bikers can recreate in these woods.
“Personally, I have ridden off road in Haro and Finnerty Woods for 38 years and during that time have seen the number of other public mountain bike areas accessible without a car (think kids or going green) in Greater Victoria dwindle to none; all there is is Mt. Work-Hartland,” says Greg Cantelon, the petition owner. “I care deeply about improving access to any legal mountain bike areas in the Saanich/Victoria area for us local residents and more importantly for our children (who are proven to have become increasingly nature – deprived).”
According to Cantelon, local media have published stories detailing a special interest group’s drive to sway the District of Saanich’s decision-making process towards excluding off-road bicycling from the Haro Woods plan.
He is asking for you to sign the petition, “so we can show the general public and the District of Saanich how great a portion of the local population supports off-road bicycling in Haro Woods.”