What is the City of Victoria's Pedestrian Master Plan?

The City of Victoria's Pedestrian Master Plan is a blueprint for improvements to sidewalks, pathways, crosswalks and lighting to make walking easier in Victoria. It prioritizes construction of new sidewalks, makes policy recommendations to ensure that pedestrians' needs are given higher consideration in all new road construction and development planning; and sets out new guidelines for sidewalk widths, streetscaping and accessibility.

Why is a Pedestrian Master Plan important?

Victoria's mild climate and compact urban area, make walking a popular mode of transportation for many residents, and contribute to the overall health and vibrancy of the city. Pedestrian-friendly pathways improve a person's health and well-being, and encourage people to leave their cars at home. A Pedestrian Master Plan helps identify pedestrian infrastructure that requires improvement, to make walking an easy and enjoyable activity and potential transportation method for all citizens.

What is the Sidewalk Priority Index?

The Sidewalk Priority Index is a new tool used to rate and prioritize the construction of missing sidewalk links, and forms part of the Pedestrian Master Plan. The draft plan recommends building sidewalks on both sides of every street, starting with those that are needed most.

How is the need for new sidewalks prioritized?

Within the Sidewalk Priority Index, the need for a new sidewalk on a city block is prioritized by a point system, with points allocated for specific characteristics, such as whether it is a transit route, if a school is nearby, and if there have been pedestrian-related collisions on the street. A total of 18 characteristics were used in this priority rating system. The more points, the higher the need.

What areas does the Pedestrian Master Plan include?

The Pedestrian Master Plan covers all areas within Victoria's boundaries.

Who will use the Pedestrian Master Plan?

City of Victoria staff will use the Pedestrian Master Plan to identify and prioritize where new sidewalks and/or improvements are required. The plan will also inform all new road construction and development planning.

What regulatory authority does the Pedestrian Master Plan have?

Now approved by Council, the Pedestrian Master Plan is the City's guiding document for improvements to the pedestrian infrastructure throughout Victoria's neighbourhoods and downtown.

Do other municipalities in the Capital Region have a Pedestrian Master Plan?

No. However, based on Victoria's lead, several municipalities have expressed an interest in developing their own plan.