This week, selected items and observations from a short trip to Victoria.
Back in 2016, Dan Ross reported on Victoria’s first protected bike lane on Pandora Street here.  Since then, as reported here, the City has moved towards a complete active transportation network in the core – notably on Fort Street, just now nearing completion.

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While I didn’t have a chance to get on a bike and explore it all, here are some shots which demonstrate the commitment the City is making:

IMG_6764Pandora at Government

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Pandora looking west to new Johnson Street Bridge

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Fort Street lane waiting to open

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Frontage lane at 525 Superior Street – a new provincial government office building

Inside the building, there are large bike rooms with lockers – but the designers provided parking capacity based on counts of use in other buildings with departments that were consolidated in this new one.  Guess what?  With better facilities, the numbers of cyclists so increased that the architects are trying to figure out to repurpose space for the demand.
Another lesson: this nicely designed bike ramp in the centre of the stairs leading to the bike rooms isn’t used all that much.  There’s a car ramp immediately to the left, and cyclists use it instead of having to dismount and carry their bike up the stair ramp.

 

Comments

  1. I like the generous fixed planting beds which lend a sense of permanence to the streetscape. Our plastic planters seem so temporary by comparison. And the red bike racks stand out proudly as the new kid on the block claiming her territory.
    Note that the new Johnson Street Bridge has generous outrigger bike and pedestrian walkways. I’m not sure if they separate pedestrians and bikes.
    One downside with the bridge project is that the sole connection to downtown Victoria with the historic E&N Railway was eliminated with the old bridge. If commuter rail is ever re-established on Van Isle (it seems so logical) it would be unconscionable if they never extend it to the central capitol. Therefore, any future connection (Bay Bridge alignment? Trans Canada route to Douglas?) would no doubt be very expensive.

  2. This shows that the movement to have more inclusive street design is wide spread and popular all over and not simply the hobby of one city’s mayor.

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