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.
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. Interim mobility options were created last fall to make biking and walking more comfortable sooner, rather than wait for redevelopment. The latest plan, known as Option 3, has just been created in response to public input on the plan.
The latest plan – Option 3
We believe that Version 3 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.
How you can help
- Complete Saanich’s online survey on the Shelbourne Street design options and let them know you want safe and comfortable bike facilities on Shelbourne.
- Attend Saanich’s open houses on the Shelbourne Street design options:
- Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 2pm-6pm at Gordon Head Recreation Centre
- Monday, October 3, 2016 from 7-9pm at Doncaster Elementary School
- Subscribe to our mailing list so that we can keep you informed about future developments for the Shelbourne Valley Action Plan.