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Fort Street bike lane (Jay Wallace Images)

The City of Victoria is asking for the community’s feedback on the possible addition of a new Vancouver Street bike lane downtown.

The public will have three opportunities to talk to municipal staff this week, as the city is hoping to receive input from everyone, especially from people who live, work, and travel on Vancouver Street.

“Throughout the month of November and December there will be opportunities for the public to learn more about the objectives for Vancouver Street and provide feedback on different infrastructure design treatments and considerations,” says the city’s website.

An online survey is also available for those who want to make their voices heard but are unable to come out in person.

Opportunities to meet and talk with city staff will take place on three days this week:

  • Nov. 27 from 4-7 p.m. at the Fernwood Café, 1105 Caledonia Ave.
  • Nov. 28 from 4-7 p.m. at the Cook Street Activity Centre, 380 Cook St.
  • Nov. 29 from 4-7 p.m. at the City Hall, 1 Centennial Square

A Vancouver St bike lane would run from Bay St to Dallas Rd, and connect the already installed Humboldt, Fort, and Pandora network.

The preliminary designs include protected bike lanes for busy streets and shared-use neighbourhood bikeways for quieter ones.

After the feedback has been gathered, the city will make plan revisions and gather approvals. Construction for the new bike lane could begin as early as autumn 2019.

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