Victoria BC city council last weekapproved the “Biketoria” plan for a 24 km city-wide cycling network. With a budget of $7.75 million, the first phase will see a minimum grid of 5.4 km of protected bike lanes in the downtown core by the end of 2018. At least one downtown corridor will feature a two-way parking-protected bike lane.
“The city is a 21st century city and we want it to be easy for people to move around whether they’re walking, cycling or driving and this Biketoria network will enhance everybody’s experience,” says Victoria mayor Lisa Helps.
When questioned about the cost by critics pointing out the city’s 4% cycling modal share, Mayor Helps responded, “If you build this infrastructure, congestion will go down — car congestion will go down and it will be better for everyone. That’s what’s been proven everywhere else these infrastructure investments have been made.”
Read about the plan here.