Have Your Say: Phase Two James Bay Cycling Network

Planning is continuing for the next phase of the 32km All Ages and Abilities (AAA) cycling network through James Bay.

“We heard diverse public feedback during the first phase. We’ve sharpened our pencils and have refined the design concepts. Now we invite the public to come back and review what has changed and how we’ve responded to public input,” said Mayor Lisa Helps. “With a growing population, the City is continuing to invest in walking, cycling and public transit to support safe, healthy and affordable transportation options for everyone.”

The City is currently seeking final input from residents, businesses and commuters on designs and route options for the James Bay neighbourhood. Two north-south routes are planned for implementation in 2022: Government Street and Montreal Street. Two east-west route options, Superior Street and Michigan Street, are also being considered – one of which will be pursued as part of priority investments in 2022. The priority routes were shortlisted after a technical analysis and candidate exploration with the community in 2020. 

During the first phase of consultation in February and March 2021, more than 600 people participated through surveys, mapping activities and virtual meetings. Designs have been modified based on public input and are now available for further feedback before recommendations are made to Council later this summer.

“The plans need community input to ensure staff and the community hear diverse ideas and wealth of knowledge from different road users,” said Councillor Stephen Andrew, Council Liaison to the James Bay Neighbourhood. “I’m confident this next round will be just as informative, present balanced initiatives and move us forward to make safety improvements on City streets.”

Participants can review the modified designs and a summary video and provide feedback by visiting the Cycling Network project at engage.victoria.ca from May 11 to June 11, 2021.

The 32km cycling network is an approved initiative, adopted in 2016 and intended to connect to destinations throughout the City and regional trails. Each project is designed with a “complete street” lens to improve overall road safety while also replacing aging infrastructure, improving accessibility, and contributing to placemaking and our urban forest.