A few years ago, a number of local municipalities wanted to do a pilot project that would lower street speeds for the majority of Greater Victorians all at once.
The province didn’t want them to use that structure, so they’ve each been pursuing bylaw changes to drop speeds. Today’s story looks at the latest one to enter that process.
Today’s approx. read time: 6 minutes
Sidney looking at lowering local speeds to 30km/h
Sidney’s downtown is already 30km/h. Photo: Martin Bauman / Capital Daily
The municipality already limits speeds to 30 in its downtown and some other roads, by bylaw. The new option could reduce all “Local” (i.e. not arterial or collector) roads to the same.
Council voted in mid-Nov. to have staff prepare a report on the drop for 2024, and may choose to have a public consultation period following that report. Streets default to 50km/h in BC, and while some Sidney signs list specific speeds they are unenforceable without a bylaw backbone.
The process syncs up with Sidney looking at other road speeds and uses; collector and arterial roads could be revised down to 40km/h, and some are already slated to drop to 30 due to sharing space with bikes. Sidney’s Active Transportation Plan would have Bicycle Boulevards on Weiler Ave West, Fifth north of Sidney Ave, and Bowerbank.
Several munis have recently gone to 30 on residential roads
Victoria, Saanich, and Esquimalt are in the process of shifting. Those changes have cited research indicating that pedestrians survive 90% of such crashes vs. just 15% at 50km/h.
Sidney was originally going to join those and other local municipalities in a speed-reduction pilot project, but had to pivot to its own process due to the province’s lack of interest in these multi-muni safety pilots.
Weighing what it would take (and cost) to make the change
The staff document also looks at what it would take to implement changes. Physical traffic calming measures like speed bumps are floated, and several signage options are presented. Those include:
$150K to add 300 signs advising of individual streets’ speeds
Targeted signage on priority streets
Targeted signage at the entrance to Sidney (if it makes all its streets the same speed) at $10K for 20 signs
Targeted signage at neighbourhood entrances, at $30K for 60 signs
Staff also suggested getting funding from BC’s active transportation grants.
Fog continues this morning, and may return tonight. Sunday’s advisory for Greater Victoria, the Malahat, the East Island, and Southern Gulf Islands warns of near-zero visibility and possible slipperiness.
Sooke’s Church Road closed tomorrow and Weds. from Wadams Way to Throup Road for work on upcoming roundabout.
Weather this week: Sun and cloud, then a rainy weekend. All around 7C.
Langford auctions Canada soccer game suite to help food bank
Christine Sinclair. Photo: Ray Terrill/Wikimedia commons
To raise money for the Goldstream Food Bank, the city is taking bids on access to its stadium suite at Canada’s women’s national soccer game vs. Australia on Friday. Until 8pm tonight, the city is taking bids on a package of the suite, 30 VIP tickets, and a $1,000 food-and-drink credit.
Mayor Scott Goodmanson said that the food bank, which serves people throughout the Westshore, “needs the community’s support now more than ever.”
More people are using the food bank every year, president Gayle Ireland says, and they expect to distribute around 700 Christmas hampers this winter. Overall food bank use is up 57% since 2019, per Food Bank BC, while donations are down 30%.
The two-game series—here and then in Vancouver—is a warm-up for the Paris 2024 Olympics and marks the end of international soccer-star Christine Sinclair’s career with the women’s national team. Canada Soccer announced its 25-player roster last week.
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