Today we’ve got Sidney’s newly approved logo featuring the Bevan Pier, as well as updates to the pier’s structure. Maybe next time you’re in the mood for a big bike ride—which, according to the CRD, many Victorians are—you can check out Sidney’s beloved ocean fixture.
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Sidney’s logo and pier get a refresh
Sidney’s new logo. Photo: Courtesy of Town of Sidney
Sidney is betting on one of its most iconic structures, the Bevan Fishing Pier, making it central to its new logo and approving restoration work costing $550K.
Sidney announced it would revamp its logo earlier this year, citing the lack of accessibility of the hard-to-read turquoise text. The new design was approved on Monday and features a cartoon design of the Bevan Pier in the water, with mountains in the background. Though the mayor and two other councillors opposed the design, saying it was overly complex, public feedback showed the logo options with the pier were most popular, according to a staff report.
The new logo will soon appear on email signatures, advertisements, social media posts, news releases, and other official town documents, transitioning from the Sidney by the Sea logo that was initially created by a town staff member for unofficial promotional purposes eight years ago.
A report from town staff pointed to the connection Sidney residents have to the ocean, with the pier seen as a central structure to bring people closer to the water—roughly 150m out to be exact—leading to the decision to focus on it in the logo.
The importance of the pier has also pushed council to up the budget for its upcoming restoration, involving protective wrapping for the metal structures to reduce water corrosion.
Water main repairs on McTavish Road are complete: Sidney, North Saanich, W̱SIḴEM (Tseycum First Nation), and BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin First Nation) can return to normal water use.
More locals taking foot, bus, and bike trips, per new CRD stats
Photo: James MacDonald / Capital Daily
The recent funding for active transportation in Greater Victoria was not in vain—according to a newly released survey from the CRD, walking and cycling are “gaining traction” as key forms of travel in the region. According to the 2022 data, 29% of trips are made by walking, cycling, and transit use, up from 26.6% in 2017, with the CRD hoping to hit 45% by 2038.
“There's a significant reduction in driving in the densely populated core,” said Colin Plant, CRD board chair, in a statement explaining that the data will be used to connect with other governments to aid in future urban planning.
E-bikes have seen a boost in use, making up 30% of all bike trips despite only accounting for 11% of bikes.
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SD62 looking for part-time bus drivers: Sooke has 41 school bus drivers covering 41 routes to get 4.2K students to and from school daily. If a driver gets sick, their route is often cancelled. Backup needed. The district says it will train Class-2 drivers, who still would need to take their final ICBC test. [CTV]
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Wednesday headlines: Victoria’s Martel in contempt, Two Crows gets piece of Victoria Pie Co., Brentwood Bay hockey player signs with NYC, and more. [Capital Daily]
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