Walking is a great way to get around Victoria. The City continues to invest in pedestrian-focused improvements to make all City Streets safer and more enjoyable.
The City’s Official Community Plan prioritizes pedestrians over all other travel modes. Each year the City continues to focus on improvements that make our streets safer and more enjoyable for walking.
Annual investments include new sidewalk construction, replacement and widening of existing sidewalks, new crosswalks, crosswalk safety upgrades, public seating, as well as changes to improve the built environment for people with disabilities. These investments advance priorities of the Official Community Plan, Climate Leadership Plan, Pedestrian Master Plan, and GOVictoria – the City’s Mobility Strategy.
When walking, remember to:
- Be mindful of other riders, drivers, and users with disabilities and remember to light up at night
- Use painted crosswalks when available. Remember that elephant’s feet crossings (those dotted with stripes) are shared with cyclists
- Plan for poor weather or low light conditions
- When walking with tots, hold hands as you cross intersections
- If with a pet, keep the leash close to you
- When walking on multi-use pathways, keep right except to pass
The City has more than 466 kms of sidewalks – they connect neighbourhoods and key destinations for Victoria’s residents and visitors. A variety of trails and pathways also provide great opportunities for pedestrians to explore the City. For more information on walking in Victoria, including some great pedestrian amenities, explore the sections below.
Dallas Rd Waterfront Pathway