Esquimalt Lagoon in Colwood from above (@vsmcablester/ Instagram)

Whether or not Colwood’s scening Ocean Boulevard will be permanently closed to vehicles could be determined by the community at large.

The City of Colwood has launched an online survey seeking public opinion on whether or not the municipality should close the road to Esquimalt Lagoon to vehicles.

At the moment, vehicles are not permitted to drive along Ocean Blvd but whether this measure is permanent depends on community feedback and a council vote that will take place in the future.

“The closure of Ocean Boulevard during the COVID-19 pandemic has generated an interesting conversation among community members and created the opportunity to explore how this area is managed and enjoyed, while maintaining safe and convenient access for visitors in vehicles, on bicycles and on foot,” reads the survey, which can be found online.

Survey participants will be asked about how they enjoy the Lagoon area now, what makes the destination unique, and what opportunities they see for Ocean Blvd in the future.

In the wake of COVID-19, several parts of the city were closed to vehicles in an effort to provide pedestrians more opportunity to maintain physical distances when out and about.

Parking restrictions have been introduced at Beacon Hill Park and in high traffic areas in neighbourhoods across Victoria like James Bay and Hillside-Quadra.es