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Say Yes! to Richardson and Haultain Bike Routes

Update: Council has approved these plans and they are now in the 2021 financial plan. Construction will likely take place in 2021, but support will be needed to ensure they remain in the 2021 Financial Plan

At long last the designs for all the 2020 bikeway projects, Richardson, Haultain, Government St North and Kimta, are headed to Victoria council this week and now is the time to say yes!

What’s changed?

Richardson is now All Ages and Abilities Route! The city is no longer pursing an “advisory bike lane”, changing it to a truly AAA shared bikeway with 500-1000 cars per day. Huge thanks to City of Victoria staff listening to your concerns and changing course.

Otherwise there are a few small tweaks elsewhere but nothing as big as Richardson. This leaves a few things that aren’t perfect, such as the gap between Kings St and Government, a lack of bike-traffic signals on Government St, and traffic circles on Haultain St, but all can be fixed after construction as needed.

What will be built?

A lot! There are four complete corridors up for approval this week: Richardson, Haultain, Government St North and Kimta Rd/E&N Rail Trail. Combined with the Vancouver St and Harbour Rd construction tender which just went out last month and the under-construction Dallas Rd Pathway, there are almost 25 km of AAA or near-AAA bikeway in the city.

  • Haultain/Kings and Richardson will be built as shared streets with extensive traffic calming
  • Government St north will be one-way protected bike lanes on each side of the road
  • Kimta/E&N will be a two-way protected bike lane from Songhees to Catherine St, then a trail connecting to the Esquimalt Rd intersection

You can see full designs on the City of Victoria’s website.

Victoria’s AAA bikeways as of June 2020

Dallas Rd path is nearly complete

The Dallas Rd pathway is nearly done but with it comes a small change due to COVID-19. Imagined as a bike-only space, the pathway will remain multi-use for the near future to allow physical distancing for those walking in the area

Live in Oak Bay? Say yes to your council too!

Both Haultain and Richardson will make life better to bike into Victoria if you live in Oak Bay. But We know some who currently drive along both streets, especially Richardson, will oppose this plan to both Victoria and Oak Bay councils.

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  1. I live on Richardson and I strongly support the bike lane and traffic calming measures. There are already many many bikes on the street, and too many cars using the street as a cut through, and going faster than is safe in this neighbourhood. Formalize the bike lanes that are well justified by high bike traffic on Richardson.

    • I agree wholeheartedly! I ride Richardson almost every day. Thank you.

  2. Richardson is my route of choice most days and I like cycling it as it’s generally quiet and safe. What’s proposed is money poorly spent. Simply putting in bike lanes would mitigate most peoples concerns.

    • Victorians who live on Richardson vehemently opposed bike lanes. This is the compromise.

  3. During Covis-19 the citizens of oak bay have benefited greatly by having more bikes and less cars

  4. I don’t support the Richardson Bikeway because it will push more traffic onto Fairfield Rd without any consideration for added noise, pollution or safety issues for those of us living close by. Bikes yes, but not at the expense of public health and safety and as the result of an undemocratic process.

    • What nonsense saying it’s not a democratic process. That is exactly what this is all about. “Democratic” does not mean that you will get your way.

  5. I whole heartedly support bike lanes and love the idea of one down Haultain but the diverter at Haultain and Fernwood road is terrible.
    The section of road between Bay and Haultain on Fernwood road is already a death trap the the city does not seem to care about. This is only going to make things far worse. The solution was put forward to make the traffic right turn only at that diverter with the exception of bike traffic and that is a way better idea. The city needs to seriously rethink this design before a child or pedestrian gets seriously hurt. The city should not be sacrificing peoples safety with this style of diverter.

  6. The revised plan for Richardson, the resulting reduction in traffic volumes and (sometimes excessive) speeds should create a sense of comfort for even the most reluctant bicyclist. Combined with Vancouver, Fort, Pandora; using a bike from the Rockland, Fairfield, Gonzales areas and even Oak Bay becomes a plausible transportation choice. It will be a delight to ride downtown to shop more and for lunch. And it will be so easy and safe to access the Goose, the E&N, our countryside. For us residents on Richardson, even those who are not inclined to bicycles, the improved safety and quiet will more than compensate for any slight variations in auto access for some.

  7. keep up the good work

  8. There is so much talk and promise about climate change – as there has been for the last 20 years. What’s so impressive about the current city of Victoria’s government leadership is action has followed. Standing against the easy ‘status quo’ takes courage and what is required over remaining neutral. I’m proud to live in this city progressing toward the right side of history

  9. I completely support Victoria’s cycling infrastructure improvements. All the lanes that have been built so far are now quite busy, and the more cycling infrastructure, the more bikes (and fewer cars) out there. I want Oak Bay’s council to get on board with this too.

  10. The proposed bicycle infrastructure is much needed. If the Victoria region is to make a change to support the use of bikes as part of daily transport needs, investment must be made in bike lanes. Kudos to the City of Victoria for finally having the courage and vision to act for change. Please stay the course. I live on the border of Oak Bay and Victoria and cycle Richardson as a through street to downtown, then use Vancouver Street.

  11. The proposed changes to Richardson St are well-intentioned but very problematic. The street is already fit for purpose. Sure, put in some traffic calming measures as cars do sometimes speed. However, I am not clear what the problem is that we are trying to solve?

    My parking lot opens out onto Richardson and I am concerned that creating a shared use road will create more danger than safe use. The middle line is helpful. Traffic needs a thoroughfare. Cars using Fort St mainly will cause huge congestion, and it is already so congested and gridlocked to drive on Cook Between Rockland Ave and Pandora St.

    What does your plan propose for the 2000+ cars daily that will be displaced from Richardson St? Where do they go?

    I can’t support this initiative. As much as I want us to be a greener, healthier city. I walk everywhere. But this plan is not a responsible use of money. Bikes already cycle on Rockland Ave. What problem are you solving?

    I missed the call for public opinion so here’s hoping we come up with a better solution.

  12. While “Democratic does not necessarily mean you will get your way” is a very true statement, the implication that this means democracy is alive and well in this city is as far from the truth as you can get. Democracy means majority rule and that is definitely not the case in this city particularly where decisions
    related to the bike lanes are concerned. Remember, 57% of tax payers voted against Lisa Helps and what she stands for.