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More people cycling, more places, more often

Shelbourne Street

Thank You! Saanich council has approved the Shelbourne Valley Action Plan and it was all thanks to your support, letters and trips to council.

Shelbourne Street is a key north-route south in the region, forming a major part of connec

Map of Shelbourne area courtesy of the District of Saanich.

Map of Shelbourne area courtesy of the District of Saanich.

tors from downtown, UVic and Gordon Head as well as being a commercial destination.. For too long people on bikes have had to face multiple lanes of fast moving traffic with no bike lanes to keep them safe and comfortable, while sidewalks are narrow and right next to the street.

Saanich has been developing a strategy to redesign Shelbourne Street to make it a better place for people biking and walking – as well as revitalize the entire valley – as part of the Shelbourne Valley Action Plan.

The latest plan

We believe that latest plan is an excellent plan. It provides a continuous bike lane from North Diary all the way through to Feltham, about half of which can be considered suitable for All Ages and Abilities (AAA).. It also offers more trees – a key part of making the valley a more people-friendly place – and sidewalk improvements.

While we like the additional protection and continuous bike lane, there are some design changes that can help make biking or walking even safer and more comfortable:

  • Add barriers to the buffered bike lane sections to make the whole corridor meet the AA standard
  • Clearly mark and actively enforce the raised bike lane to ensure they are not used as parking or unloading zones for vehicles.