Johnson Street Bridge suggestion aimed at cycling safety

Future bridge head proposed to include ‘elephant’s feet’

Cyclists travelling over new Johnson Street Bridge could benefit from proposed new markings at one entrance to the strutcure.

If crosswalks are for walking, then what is the intended use of “elephant’s feet” crossings?

If you guessed cycling, you’re right. The Transportation Association of Canada recently introduced this new type of roadway intersection crossing, dedicated to bicycles.

And Victoria, hoping to be one of the first cities in the province to create one, is considering placing it by the Johnson Street Bridge entrance.

The staff proposal is in response to public feedback about how best to plan for the public land and pathways on both sides of the new bridge.

More than 200 people attended public meetings on the topic this spring. Additionally, 124 people filled out a survey on their preferences. In summary, people asked for better walking and cycling routes, plazas where city events and festivals can be held, and new green space.

People also wanted traffic-calming measures.

The city has allocated $1.3 million for these public-realm features.

Elephant’s feet crossings are marked by large squares of white paint on both sides of the crossing. The city proposes to place one of these bicycle crossings at the northeast end of the new Johnson Street Bridge.

rholmen@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Trudeau announces $79M investment for 118 more public transit buses across B.C.

Contributions from municipal to federal level to fund more buses in a bid to cut commutes

Sun on its way after Greater Victoria sees wettest July in six years

Environment Canada meteorologists say the drizzle is likely to end soon

Mayor’s charity tournament sells out both Bear Mountain courses

23rd annual event raises funds to make ‘a positive difference in Langford’

After Victoria dad’s death, Technical Safety BC wants changes to trampoline park rules

Jay Greenwood, 46, did ‘a series of acrobatic manoeuvres prior to a fall that caused serious injury and cardiac arrest’

VIDEO: 1,400 classic cars roll into Victoria for Deuce Days

The four-day festival highlights classic hot rods, with a special emphasis on cars built in 1932

POLL: Do you carry reusable shopping bags?

While a court ruling determined the City of Victoria’s plastic bag ban… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of July 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs have been sold

Victoria company has purchased BCHL team, but will keep it in Port Alberni

“Does Kirby care?” B.C. First Nation’s group using geo-targeted ads in Houston, Texas for justice

The Heiltsuk Tribal Council has called out Kirby Corporation for the Nathan E. Stewart oil spill

B.C. woman wins record $2.1 million on casino slot machine

‘That night was so surreal … I wasn’t able to sleep or eat for the first two days,’ she said

$900M settlement reached in class action on sexual misconduct in Canadian military

After facing criticism, the government moved to begin settlement proceedings in early 2018

Tax take stays ahead of increased B.C. government spending

Tax revenue $2.1 billion higher than budget in 2018-19

Most Read