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Gabriola ferry proposals flawed

To the Editor,

Re: Opportunities for change begin with Island ferry system, Green Living, Sept. 29.

Ian Gartshore’s idea for the Gabriola Island ferry has a serious flaw.

Moving the car ferry to the Duke Point terminal would require most of the cars/trucks to travel more than 10 kilometre extra each way. Multiply this by 100 cars an hour during peak times and you’re burnng an awful lot of fuel, plus adding more to the already high cost of commuting.

The added distance to electric scooters and bikes makes their use unfeasible. Also, normal bicycles may not be allowed on the passenger-only ferry. This was witnessed not too long ago when the ferry ramp was damaged.

Besides, unless a second berth is added to Duke Point for the Gabriola ferry, congestion and schedule disruption would occur.

It’s good that people think about these things, but it’s also good that people have experience to put ideas into perspective.

Al Strano


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