Wednesday, February 28, 2024

New bike lanes approved for Victoria and Oak Bay


Navigating the streets of Victoria is about to get a little bit easier for cyclists.

In two Greater Victoria municipalities, two different projects were approved, both of which involve the construction of designated bike lanes.

Here’s what’s going to happen:

City of Victoria – Dallas Road Bike Path

As a part of the CRD Wastewater Treatment Project, the City of Victoria has approved the implementation of a 2.8km protected bike path along Dallas Road between Ogden Point and Clover Point.

The project overall costs $765 million, funded by federal, provincial and municipal governments, most of which will be allocated to building the McLaughlin Point treatment plant and upgrading outfalls and pump stations at Clover Point, Ogden Point, and Macaulay Point.

But a part of this money has been earmarked to beautify and improve accessibility to that part of the neighbourhood. Along with the bike lane, workers will also be constructing two new public viewing areas and more accessible washrooms.

Construction on the bike path is anticipated to take place in late summer/early fall 2018, and there will be an open house this summer to showcase the city’s plans for the area. The CRD Wastewater Treatment project is expected to be completed by December 2020.

District of Oak Bay – Cadboro Bay Road Bike Lane

According to Mayor Nils Jensen, the budget for the construction of an 800m bike lane on Cadboro Bay Road from Foul Bay Road to Bowker Ave was approved at a preliminary meeting by the Estimates Committee of the district council.

The total expenditure for the project is estimated to be $230,000, of which $150,000 will be allocated to the bike lane and the rest will be reserved for general road improvements.

The final decision will be made at a council meeting in May, where the project is expected to be granted formal approval.

Brishti Basu
Former Senior Staff Writer and Content Manager at Victoria Buzz.

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