'Cycling Santa' Unwraps Victoria's First Bike Barometer
December 18, 2014
New Bike Barometer
Victoria’s first bike barometer, displaying the number of cyclists per day and the total for the year, along with the temperature and time, is now in operation along the Galloping Goose Trail. This is one of a series of actions the City is taking to improve cycling in Victoria.
Bike barometers are used in Sweden, Denmark, Portland, Seattle. Victoria is the second municipality in BC to have one. The bike barometer will also give the City of Victoria accurate, real time data that can be used to plan future cycling improvements.
Updating the Bicycle Master Plan
In the spring of 2014, the City of Victoria engaged citizens to help update the Bicycle Master Plan that will guide cycling improvements for the next 25 years. Over 1,500 residents shared ideas over a two month period. Public input resulted in:
- A new bicycle network map to guide improvements for the next 25 years, including the identification of All Ages and Abilities routes which will be welcoming to all levels of cyclists,
- Six priority areas for cycling improvements for the next five years and,
- Four new short-term improvement projects, which are currently underway.
Work to update the City’s Bicycle Master Plan is continuing. Based on public input collected this spring and additional research, new strategies are being proposed to increase cycling in Victoria over the next 25 years. The City will be looking for feedback on the draft Bicycle Master Plan in the spring of 2015.
Other recent improvements include the widening and paving of the Galloping Goose Trail near the Selkirk Trestle, to provide more useable space for cyclists and pedestrians.
Work is currently underway on new bike lanes on Skinner Street, between Bay and Catherine streets. This is the last section of the bike lanes needed along Craigflower Road to connect Victoria, Esquimalt, View Royal and Colwood. Buffered bike lanes, with extra space marked between cars and bikes, are being added on the northbound side to provide more space for cyclists pedaling up hill. Regular bike lanes are being added on the southbound side.
This fall, a segment of bike lanes was added along Cook Street, close to Finlayson Street. This section helps cyclists maneuver into the Finlayson Street bike lanes while also connecting with Saanich’s new bike lanes along Cook Street.
Conceptual plans are being developed to explore options for Victoria’s first cycle track , a bike lane that is physically separated from moving traffic by a barrier or parked cars. For a complete listing of recent and upcoming cycling infrastructure improvements, click here.
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