It’s one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, and already there have been delays on the ferries—though major cancellations were narrowly avoided yesterday.
With such a high volume of people moving, this is also one of the year’s most deadly weekends on the roads. More on that in today’s top story, and please be safe out there.
Today’s approx read time: 5 minutes
Saanich pedestrian killed in crosswalk crash
The crosswalk on Interurban at Grange. [Google Maps]
A woman, 55, was hit and killed by a driver while crossing a marked crosswalk before 9pm on Friday, Saanich police said in a release. The driver remained on the scene at Interurban and Grange, police said. Investigation is ongoing but has concluded that speed and impairment were not factors; police seek witnesses and dashcam footage.
Second Friday crash threatens life of motorcyclist
Saanich Police also announced that a motorcycle rider after life-threatening injuries after losing control and going off the Tillicum and Gorge Road West shortly before 11pm.
Outcry over crosswalk collisions in recent years
Last fall advocates staged street safety protests in Saanich after a child was hit, though not seriously injured, in a crosswalk.
And it was nearly two years ago when a driver struck and killed Kaydence Bourque, 16, at the crosswalk at Cedar Hill Cross and Merriman. Resulting outcry over safety led to changes both at that notorious crosswalk—including a new light, different flashing beacons, and signage—and in Saanich generally.
The driver who struck Bourque plans to plead guilty and spare herself and the family a trial, despite her lawyer’s emphasis on the crosswalk’s unsafety.
Street speed reductions continue
Cedar Hill Cross’s limit has dropped from 50 to 40km/h, as will eight other corridors’ limits, with other stretches reduced to 25 km/h as the district pursues a “Vision Zero” of ending all deaths and serious injuries on roadways.
Meanwhile Victoria has just completed reductions to 30km/h on residential streets in Quadra-Hillside and Burnside-Gorge as part of a planned neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood reduction. It cites evidence that dropping a car’s speed from 50 to 30 can cut a collision’s lethality from 80% to 10%.
On Tuesday, street safety becomes even more paramount as grade schools resume and school zones are back in effect.
Labour Day weekend one of deadliest times on BC roads
At least two Islanders were killed just on Friday. Near Parksville, a senior died after his SUV struck a garbage truck head-on.
Amazing Race samples Island food and attractions
Host Jon Montgomery pops out of the Tacofino food truck. Amazing Race Canada (Facebook)
As the summer winds down, many of us are trying to cram in as many classic Island attractions and activities as we can. But the people seeing the most on the Island in the least time are probably the Amazing Race Canada contestants rushing through the region as part of the cross-country TV competition.
The show has been all over Vancouver Island this summer, including the Malahat Skywalk, the Craigdarroch Castle, and the Bug Zoo. They’ve also been sampling some of the Island’s most popular food, including the memorable Tacofino food truck.
🚘 Do you have one of BC’s dirtiest cars? To encourage people to save water by limiting car washes, ICBC is running a contest for people who post their dirty vehicles on social media. [Details]
🍁 Fall community recreation: Register for cooking classes, gardening courses, art classes, and more.
🇻🇪 Popular food cart Los Panas now has food in stores, selling its Venezuelan arepas at Market on Yates. [Tasting Victoria]
Baby born in back of taxi: When it became clear the passenger wouldn’t make it to the hospital in time, a Nanaimo cab driver helped with delivery before paramedics arrived. He told CTV that unexpected new adventures like these make cab driving like being a “road pirate.” [CTV]
The cat came back—3 years later: Pet-reuniting group ROAM has a new record for longest absence after Colwood cat Smokey resurfaced 39 months after getting outside in his owners’ unfamiliar new neighbourhood. He was quickly back to being affectionate with his people again—though not so much with the new cat siblings they adopted when he was gone. [CHEK]
Pacific FC alone in second place for now, after yesterday’s 2-1 home win over Valour FC of Winnipeg pushed them back ahead of the pack (though still below Calgary’s Cavalry FC). Match highlights below:
🥇 BC Horseshoe Championships: Watch the horseshoe action and take part in the event today at the Victoria Horseshoe Club at Glanford Park.
🎉 Saanich Fair: Western Canada’s oldest continuous agricultural fair continues today.
👗 Vintage, retro, & collectible show/ sale: Shop second-hand gems today at the Mary Winspear Centre, 9:30am-4pm.
🥇 Pick of the Fringe Awards: Vote on the best performances of this year’s Victoria Fringe Festival. Voting ends 6:30pm, event starts 10pm.
Flair flight left 50 people behind at YYJ as staff struggled to manage a two-hour line. The budget airline is offering refunds after the “chaos” (and expensive re-bookings) that some passengers described to Capital Daily.
Rocket launcher found in house at estate sale; police were called, then they called CFB Esquimalt, whose crews determined the launcher was not a threat. [CTV]
Expanded Salt Spring ferry schedule will continue through Sept. with 10 sailings / day between Swartz Bay and Fulford Harbour.
New public washroom opens downtown on the corner of Broughton and Douglas.
Guide to Victoria farmers markets: Where to buy fresh produce, artisan crafts, and baked goods. [Tasting Victoria]