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Construction progress on Pandora protected bike lane

Construction progress on Pandora protected bike lane

Construction on Victoria’s first fully-protected bike lane is moving speedily along, with signals now being installed and concrete poured.

We were enjoying the sun, taking pictures and observing the progress yesterday. If you haven’t been downtown recently, take a look below. Photos start in the 900-block of Pandora Ave (between Vancouver St and Quadra St), and head west towards Store St & the Johnson St Bridge.

Can’t wait to ride on it? Neither can we! City staff say that it is expected to be open in April, with a possible soft-opening of the first two blocks a bit earlier.

The GVCC is planning a celebration as part of the opening. If you are interested in helping, drop us an email.

New mid-block crossing sign for the 900 block of Pandora Ave (Shatterbox Coffee, Relish, Our Place)

New mid-block crossing sign for the 900 block of Pandora Ave, looking west towards Quadra St. (Shatterbox Coffee, Relish, Our Place)

New mid-block crossing at Amelia St (800 block of Pandora) with the Central Baptist Church behind

New mid-block crossing at Amelia St looking east (800 block of Pandora), with the Central Baptist Church behind

New bike and right-turn lane lights at Blanshard St with the new curb work below

New bike and right-turn lane lights at Blanshard St looking west, with the new curb work that will give pedestrians greater protection from right-turning vehicles

Looking down on the new curb work in the 700-block of Pandora. Ocean Island Backpackers Inn is to the right of the picture.

New curb work on the north-west corner of the intersection at Pandora and Blanshard. The Ocean Island Backpackers Inn is to the right of the picture.

The site of the pilot in 2015, the bike lane is now permanent. City Hall to the left with Douglas St in the background

The stretch just in front of City Hall, site of the pilot project in 2015. The bike lane is now permanent.

Looking north-west at Broad St with the McPherson Theatre in the background. Paint markings & bollards still to come here.

Looking north-west from Broad St towards Government, along Pandora Ave. McPherson Theatre in the background. Paint markings and bollards will soon be installed along this section.

Looking west with Government St in the background, this is the future bike rider's view as you pass Broad St

Looking west towards Government St. This is your future view as you pass Broad St

A rider waiting in the lane for the light to get onto the Johnson St Bridge at Store

A rider waiting in the lane at Store St to cross the intersection and onto the Johnson St Bridge