I agree with Jennifer Margison and Jim Henshall from North Saanich that “pedestrian-only streets are vibrant places where shopping is a pleasure.”
A car free zone could revive business in Sidney. The summer market in Sidney is a great success. I grew up in Europe, where pedestrian only zones provided a relaxed atmosphere and attracted many shoppers.
Now with the plan to build a retail centre on Sandown land on the other side of the highway, Sidney is even more in danger to lose customers. If Beacon becomes a two way street, customers may prefer the new shopping experience or choose Amazon and other internet sources.
Why not introduce a trial period to keep cars out of Beacon so pedestrians and mobility scooters for seniors and handicapped people can enjoy a hassle free zone?
If you are constantly chased by cars you want to end your shopping as quickly as possible.
Sidney is a unique place with a relaxed atmosphere. Please don’t destroy this by bringing in more cars! People should come before cars.