Let’s make Victoria bikeable for everyone

Municipal elections are on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

We asked our local candidates about their thoughts on cycling in Victoria. Check out the the responses to the Bike Victoria Municipal Election Survey.

Bike Victoria Local Candidates Questions:

  1. As an elected official, what will you do to ensure that the projects listed in the five-year plan are built within the plan’s timeline or sooner?
  2. As an elected official, what will you do to ensure small, simple steps are quickly enacted to support cycling on an ongoing basis (e.g., turning stop signs 90 degrees in some places to improve the flow of bike traffic, improved bike access onto certain streets and shared pedestrian/cycling areas, and bicycle-designated zones at busy intersections such as the ones at Wharf and Johnson St.)?
  3. What should municipal government do to encourage more people of all ages and abilities to ride their bikes?

Now is the time to elect leaders who will take action to make Victoria a safer and more bikeable city for everybody.

Take action and go vote!


39 thoughts on “Let’s make Victoria bikeable for everyone

  1. Because Victoria is small enough to bikeable – just not safe enough. Better bike routes means changing the culture of our city to be more in step with the modern world where cycling is a well-integrated aspect of everyday life in a sustainable city. We can’t be sustainable without being SAFELY bikeable.

  2. Between the weather, the terrain and the size, Victoria should be the best biking city in Canada. With the right infrastructure biking could be safe and accessible to soooo many more riders. Cycling is my primary form of transport here in Victoria, and I want more people to join me!

  3. Victoria is perfect for biking, practically year round. But we are way behind other cities in terms of amenities for biking – bike lanes, floating parking, storage facilities, right of ways over cars in key areas. This is a no brainer, IMO. More bikes. Less cars. Better city.

  4. Biking should be a no-brainer in a city this compact and accessible. But with a lack of seperate bike lanes and bike lanes that end suddenly, the infrastructure is weak enough that I am not comfortable biking with my children down or across town. If you’re not on the Goose, biking feels dangerous enough to discourage. A shame– in a climate like ours, biking and walking are accessible and community-friendly ways to integrate sustainability into our community design: community first, then walking, then biking and public transit, THEN cars. How we plan and design creates the systems we all adhere to.

  5. I would like to be able to cycle downtown Victoria to shop but the lack of cycling lanes makes me worry about safety. I also wish that I could cycle to work at Uvic but there isn’t a bike lane after Shelbourne St along Mackenzie Rd.

  6. Victoria and region have an excellent climate for year round cycling – yet cycling is still seen (and can be) an activity for the brave and daring. What would it take to make cycling the easiest, safest and most sustainable option? Better for our health, better for planet – let’s improve Victoria and region’s cycling infrastructure!

  7. Green ways like it is done in Kelowna would be so wonderful to have in Victoria. Let’s create a safe walking, biking environment for young and old.

  8. Victoria needs concrete wall divided cycling lanes in its major arteries. The current dangers to riding in our short days are lack of light and tight lanes beside parked cars.

  9. I bike all year around and the 40 yrs worth of carbon I saved (and kilos of fat I am NOT packing around) are huge benefits to both our atmosphere and the health care system. So many of my friends would bike a whole lot more if they felt safer on the roads and their workplaces were more bike friendly. These are not insurmountable problems! When Victoria is more bike friendly, we all benefit.

  10. Now that I am a grandmother I would like to see more bike paths connecting to schools. Cordova Bay is an example, as the bike path ends before it reaches the school. I want to get kids back to biking to school.

  11. Great to see something like this, I hope it accomplishes the change it seeks to.
    Victoria is a great city but could be WAY better, especially the cycling infrastructure. I ride with my infant daughter on the ‘designated bike route’ along Vancouver St. and feel like I’m risking both of our lives doing it, yet I don’t want her to be trapped by thinking cars are the only way to get around, lots of change need to happen to support this. Be bold, please.

  12. It just makes sense to have a better cycling plan. More bikes, less cars – better for you, better for the planet, less congestion for those who have to use automobiles.

  13. Biking infrastructure is good for real estate values and lifestyles…. My partner and I chose our house because of its proximity to the Locheside trail. I cycle safely to work in downtown Victoria in 20 minutes and I know our house is more valuable and much easier to sell should the need arise.

  14. I wonder what the commercial businesses in Vancouver think of the new bike lanes……as an everyday bike commuter I have to say I don’t like bike lanes, they give a sense of false security which can lead to problems for the more inexperienced or less confident rider. In the last 15 years the only vehicles I have really had any close calls with have been Transit buses. You have to be confident, a good technical rider and always defensive – in the end no matter how “right of way” you may have been the four wheel vehicle will come out the winner. Personally I find one of the biggest hazzards is the riders who insist on pedaling in the dark down the Goose or Lochside with their 1000 lumen lights glaring and blinding approaching riders. This is totally unnecessary – dim the lights or use lower power. I commute all the way up the peninsula and I only need a 200 lumen light, with a dimmer.

    • @Brian omg! Why are some bike and car lights SO BRIGHT? They almost blind me. I can’t help but think they unintentionally will cause accidents. There ought to be a law about how bright a light can be. Don’t get me started on B L I N K I N G lights….

  15. Build urban cities by design, including Victoria, that include the bicycle as a transport is key. Working together with the city, urban & city planners to create friendly livable place for all its citizens where cycling to the shops, the café, the market, cinema and to work is the norm and that cycling isn’t just for sport. If we build it, they will come. We are living in a car centric city, it’s time to take the streets back. That includes giving Government St. up to bikes and delivery trucks (mornings). I know local business’s find this thought scary, but people on bikes shop. They make more trips to shops then car drivers because they have less room to carry products. Add more bike racks to the streets, remove cars and build an infrastructure that includes bicycles as a transport will build safer communities and local shops will reap the benefits. There are plenty of studies to support this. Check out Copenhagenize.com. Not long ago the Netherlands was like Victoria, car centric. It was in the 60’s that children were being hit by cars and they revolted in the streets. They had enough political will to make significant changes in city infrastructure and it is on-going today. So when you hear that we (meaning Victoria) can’t be like Amsterdam or Copenhagen you can tell them that it can and has been done. No more excuses. Let’s make Victoria bikeable for everyone!

  16. Commuting by cycling is one way to combat the burden of chronic disease that is related to inactivity. By having more infrastructure, more people will feel safer to ride their bikes and this will contribute to improving their health.

  17. Let’s make Vancouver St and View St real north-south, east-west bike thoroughfares to make downtown easily and safely accessible on traffic-tamed streets!

  18. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for trying to make Victoria better! There is always room for improvement everywhere but please do not forget how wonderful we already are. Here in Victoria many automobile drivers also ride bikes in their free time so it can be easier to work together. If there was an area that could be improved I would look at Vancouver and View Street, many people use these routes and they are both very dangerous. In some instances dedicated streets may need to be implemented for cars or bikes through overly congested areas.

  19. Thank you for considering infrastructure improvements it would be greatly appreciated. Problem spots for me are Vancouver Street and the Downtown Core. I would like to visit these areas more often but find it difficult to safely navigate.

  20. Better cycling facilities will encourage more cycling. More cycling will reduce motor vehicle use. Less motor vehicles use means significantly less street maintenance and repair, which eventually means better use of lower taxes.

  21. Biking and walking are important for personal health, environmental health, social and community health, spiritual health. Do I need to go on??

  22. Important to let local businesses know when you are using bike racks and other bike infrastructure they have installed. There is a common impression by some businesses that on-street car parking is paramount and is often used to argue against expanding transit and active transportation infrastructure. Make sure they know why or why not cyclists are supporting them!

  23. Victoria is so well situated to be a great cycling city. Let’s keep moving forward to make it safer and saner for cyclists …. for those of us who are avid, and for those who will be invited to become avid. It’s my tax money well spent!

  24. To the Council of the City of Victoria (and all Greater Victoria Municipal Councils)

    Please take advantage of the opportunity we have now to make this city (region) safer and more pedestrian and bicycle friendly. We are still “small” enough to implement some changes that will benefit the present and next couple of generations of citizens. Spend big now for huge future rewards that all the people of this city deserve.

  25. I would like to feel safer when biking with my two small children. Victoria would benefit with more/wider bike lanes that don’t end abruptly with no options of where to go next. How about a car-free street downtown and more traffic calming on residential streets.

  26. I feel we are moving in the right direction – though sowly – and that works for the CRD …… we need to support more routes for cyclying to reduce our dependence on CARBON BASED resources and reduce stress and improve healthly activity.

  27. Victoria is now a silver standard bicycling City and has great potential to break through to gold and then to platinum by increasing the number of cyclists commuting and recreating. The entire City and region needs to get behind the initiative to improve the infrastructure, information and promote Victoria as an eco-tourism destination. It’s a natural and there is a lot already completed.

  28. It’s a built in exercise routine! And exercise improves your mood. Therefore, I am hypothesizing that Victoria would be happier if we had better cycling facilities!

  29. I bike in this city everyday. The roads good, but the motorists that use them are dangerous! This could be the best cycling city. Start building bike only protected laneways and taxing car owners who want to drive in this city.

  30. In Copenhagen and Belgium, people receive about 0.25 euro per km pedalled to work.
    Since Canadians taking the bus to work get a tax deduction, it is high time that Canadian cyclists also get benefits for not polluting the air and not exhausting the health budget of the government by staying healthy.

    We also need to progressively reduce the space allocated to car parking in Victoria and reclaim it for parks, as is done is Copenhagen.

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