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Victoria wants final input on Beacon Hill Park changes

 Jim Gibson stops along one of the temporary pedestrian and bike paths in Beacon Hill Park. A former critic of the pilot program, Gibson has come to appreciate the closed streets since taking up cycling last week. - Daniel Palmer/News staff
Jim Gibson stops along one of the temporary pedestrian and bike paths in Beacon Hill Park. A former critic of the pilot program, Gibson has come to appreciate the closed streets since taking up cycling last week.
— image credit: Daniel Palmer/News staff

Temporary road changes in Beacon Hill Park are set to return to Victoria city council this fall, but there's still time to provide public input.

Staff will be accepting public surveys until Aug. 31 on the restrictions to vehicle traffic in the park. The City made the changes to allow pedestrians, cyclists and people with mobility and disability problems easier access to the paved areas of the park.

"I haven't seen the summary of public input feedback so far, but I think it's important when you go and consult with the public that you go and honour public input," said Mayor Dean Fortin.

Jim Gibson, who lives in James Bay, was cycling through Beacon Hill Park on Tuesday. Initially a critic of the road restrictions, Gibson appreciates the bike-friendly lanes since taking up cycling last week.

"I used to drive my car through the park to Starbucks to get a coffee," said Gibson, smiling. "Not a good carbon footprint."

Parks staff will be available to answer questions on the driving and parking changes at the sun dial in the ornamental garden, across from the public washrooms on Bridge Way, July 10 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Print surveys are available at the Beacon Hill Park maintenance yard at the end of Nursery Road, and at City Hall.

To complete an online survey on the road alterations, visit victoria.ca/pilotroadchanges.

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