Vast cycling upgrades on the horizon

City hopes to triple number of residents cycling to work

The City of Victoria hopes that a proposed upgrade to bike routes will triple the amount of residents cycling to work.

The top priorities for the “bicycle master plan” are two east-west routes along Pandora and Johnson streets, each projected to cost $1.3 million. The routes would run from Store Street to Cook Street, with planned upgrades including separating the bike lanes from traffic, which Coun. Ben Isitt said is the key to getting non-cyclists on the lanes.

While the highest estimate of regular cyclists is 11 per cent, Isitt said that the city’s current goal is to have 30 per cent of Victorians riding regularly.

Another upgrade, proposed by the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition, is creating a two-way lane across Pandora Street. The city is currently looking at this option, though not every councillor is in favour.

“It just seems unnatural to be riding the wrong way on a one-way street,” councillor Geoff Young said. “It could be dangerous for pedestrians, who are used to looking one way before crossing the street. Drivers often look one way before turning as well, and there would be extra costs for traffic signals.”

Young said that the cost of the project, along with reduced road or parking space for vehicles, is likely to draw criticism from drivers.

“A lot of drivers think they own the road, but funds are coming from general revenues — property taxes, not gas taxes — so it’s based on where you live, not what you drive,” Young said.

Young also noted that complaints regarding the Fort Street bike lane died down once drivers realized their commute times were barely affected, and that adding turning bays would limit the impact for drivers.

Four more routes were included in the plan, including Vancouver Street, Bay Street, Shelbourne Street and Wharf Street, which would be implemented between 2015 and 2019 pending approval.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Recent arrests skim surface of Victoria’s human trafficking problem

Port city makes desirable place for traffickers flying under the radar

Two-vehicle crash in Langford sends one to hospital Monday morning

Driver sent to hospital with unspecified injuries

Victoria Canadian Forces member honored with exceptional Rotary Club award

Capt. Jacqueline Zweng is the Western Canada Ambassador of Wounded Warriors Canada

Oak Bay athletes rule the slopes at Island ski and snowboard series

Oak Bay boys take top ski, snowboard honours

B.C. budget expected to stay the course as economic growth moderates

Finance minister said ICBC costs have affected budget

VIDEO: Ottawa wants quick, peaceful resolution to pipeline protests, Trudeau says

The protests have manifested themselves as blockades on different rail lines across the country

Canucks acquire forward Tyler Toffoli from Kings in push for playoffs

Vancouver sends Schaller, Madden, pick to L.A.

New highway proposed between Alberta and B.C.

The route would connect Red Deer to Kamloops

Wet’suwet’en and B.C. government have been talking Aboriginal title for a year

Coastal GasLink says it has agreements with all 20 elected First Nations councils along the 670-kilometre route

Trudeau tightlipped on plan to end protests ‘quickly and peacefully’

The prime minister, who cancelled a two-day trip to Barbados this week to deal with the crisis at home

Canadian standards for coronavirus protection to be reviewed, health agency says

The protocols set out how health workers should protect themselves and their patients

Monday marks one-year anniversary of man missing from Langley

42-year-old B.C. man, Searl Smith, was last seen leaving Langley Memorial Hospital on Feb. 17, 2019

Amtrak warns of delays as railways from Seattle to B.C. blocked by Wet’suwet’en supporters

Coastal GasLink said it’s signed benefits agreements with all 20 elected band councils along pipeline route

Federal emergency group meets on pipeline protests as rail blockades continue

There’s mounting political pressure for Trudeau to put an end to the blockades

Most Read