LETTER: Expensive and confused muddle

Many think two-way protected lanes will result in an expensive and confused muddle.

Re: Protected bike lanes eyed for Pandora (News, March 4)

While there’s no issue with protected lanes as such, there will be several unintended consequences to adding two-way cycle traffic on a one-way street.

By eliminating 10 parking spots considerable parking revenue is foregone year after year after year.

Secondly, much of the traffic in downtown Victoria is from outside the area, including the Lower Mainland and tourists from everywhere, who will be unfamiliar with an unusual two-way cycle lane.

Thirdly, what are the implications for delivery trucks and vans servicing the area? Maybe the Victoria Downtown Business Association has some thoughts about that.

Finally, pedestrians on a one-way street usually look in one direction only when crossing. Imagine there surprise when they see bikes coming toward them on a one-way.

In short, many think two-way protected lanes will result in an expensive and confused muddle.

Stan Bartlett, Victoria



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