The City is building a new network of all ages and abilities cycling infrastructure. The goal is to improve road safety for people on bikes and connect the downtown core with schools, parks, community centres and other destinations. Learn more about upcoming construction projects in 2019.
The City of Victoria is continuing to make investments in active transportation to improve safety and comfort for people walking and cycling. Vancouver Street is a planned 2019 project and extends from Bay Street to Park Boulevard. Throughout November and December 2018, City staff held engagement opportunities for residents, commuters, students and business owners about the corridor and collected feedback to help inform the designs. City staff will come back out to the public in the new year to present emerging concepts and designs based on public consultation feedback.
Underground infrastructure upgrades have started along Wharf and Humboldt Streets in order to continue to provide storm water and sanitary sewer services for our growing population. The second stage of the Wharf / Humboldt project will then begin, which will include enhanced crosswalks, new public plazas, protected bike lanes and traffic calmed street enhancements. Click to find out more about the revitalization taking place along Wharf and Humboldt Streets.
How did we get here and where are we going?
Cities in the 21st Century have to balance the needs of all road users. With a growing population and limited road space we have to find new ways to move people around Victoria.
Did You Know?
- In May 2017, we opened the city’s first protected bike lane along Pandora Avenue which sees an average of 1,150 cycling trips per day (34,500 cycling trips per month).
- In May 2018, a second protected bike lane opened on Fort Street which sees an average of 700 cycling trips per day.
- The next projects in the downtown core are Wharf Street, Vancouver Street and Humboldt Street.
When Phase 1 is complete 5.4 km of downtown streets will have All Ages and Abilities cycling infrastructure including protected bike lanes on busy streets and neighbourhood bikeways on traffic calmed streets.
The next phase will focus on connecting the downtown to the surrounding municipalities.
Looking for a primer on the new network, how we got here and what's next? Click the links below to expand the answer and be sure to visit the corridor pages in the navigation for a closer look at specific routes.