Oak Bay needs to get going on green initiatives

An astonishing number of students are now walking and biking to our elementary schools.

On a recent trip to the Oak Bay library I was unable to find an open parking spot – a bicycle parking spot that is. The two small bicycle racks were fully occupied.

Given that the citizens of Oak Bay-Gordon Head have just voted in the first Green Party MLA in B.C., it is time for Oak Bay council and its staff managers to forge ahead with some of the ‘green’ project proposals currently before them, such as: add more bicycle parking in public spaces – use creative designs as seen in other cities; improve cycle and pedestrian safety at key intersections (e.g. Haultain/Foul Bay); introduce non-vehicular pathways such as the Henderson corridor from Haultain to UVic; build a safe cycling route along Beach Drive; connect street cycling lanes with those in Saanich and Victoria; support safe walking and cycling to our schools; eliminate free car parking for municipal staff – an unnecessary and dubious perk.

An astonishing number of students are now walking and biking to our elementary schools.

These youngsters didn’t vote but their parents who are making the decision for them to walk and bike to school certainly did.

Phil Wynne

Oak Bay

 

Just Posted

Saanich seeks contractors for Shelbourne Street upgrade project

The three-phase project is expected to begin in 2020

Saanich allows retail sale of recreational cannabis for specific zones

Amendments to the 2003 bylaw allows retail sale of recreational cannabis in Saanich

Brotherston sentenced to three years in prison for Sooke home invasion

Home invasion took place on Feb. 9 and left one man with face and head injuries

Police impound 19 vehicles for excessive speed on Malahat

Excessive speed is classified as going more than 40 km/h over the limit in that stretch

VIDEO: Octopus, bald eagle battle after bird ‘bites off more than it can chew’ in B.C. waters

B.C. crew films fight between the two feisty animals in Quatsino off north Vancouver Island

Process to identify those killed in Gabriola plane crash could take days

Canadian flight museum suggests Alex Bahlsen of Mill Bay died in Tuesday’s crash

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of Dec. 10

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

POLL: Do you have a real or artificial Christmas tree?

The lights are up, holiday shoppers are bustling through the streets and… Continue reading

One man dead after car crash in Nanaimo

One person died, another was injured in the accident which happened Wednesday on Nanaimo Lakes Road

‘Honest mistake:’ RCMP says B.C. cannabis shop can keep image of infamous Mountie

Sam Steele wearing military, not RCMP uniform in image depicted in Jimmy’s Cannabis window

B.C. conservation officers put down fawn blinded by pellet gun on Vancouver Island

Young deer found near construction site in Hammond Bay area in Nanaimo, B.C.

Laid-off forest workers converge on B.C. legislature

Loggers call for action on strike, provincial stumpage

B.C. guide fined $2K in first conviction under new federal whale protection laws

Scott Babcock found guilty of approaching a North Pacific humpback whale at less than 100 metres

Most Read