Active Transportation Plan

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Are you ready to walk, cycle and roll?

The District of Central Saanich is launching its first Active Transportation Plan. Thank you for your feedback to date! The draft is now published for public comment.

The draft plan:

  • Includes extensive research and community feedback
  • Identifies priority projects, actions and policies that support and encourage walking, cycling, rolling and transit integration
  • Considers traffic safety
  • Identifies potential transit-related improvements
  • Will be designed to be financially reasonable for a small, rural community

Are you ready to walk, cycle and roll?

The District of Central Saanich is launching its first Active Transportation Plan. Thank you for your feedback to date! The draft is now published for public comment.

The draft plan:

  • Includes extensive research and community feedback
  • Identifies priority projects, actions and policies that support and encourage walking, cycling, rolling and transit integration
  • Considers traffic safety
  • Identifies potential transit-related improvements
  • Will be designed to be financially reasonable for a small, rural community

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    Why is there never anything done on Central saanich roads like sidewalks considering it is 1-busy rd even without the trucks etc that use road as shortcut which is supposely prohibited 2-parking allowed on Rd so pedestrians or cyclists cannot see esp in front of central saanich rd Country Park where that deadly accident was a few years ago .Same cars parked there everyday. This street has lots of pedestrians as there is no bus that comes down this rd so everyone that use the bus has to walk on road to east saanich or Mt Newton . Very unsafe for all walkers !

    Irene asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for taking the time to submit your question. The long list of projects was assessed based on safety, projected use by residents, and much more. Given the amount of projects requested, the District is not able to complete them all, and what is presented in the draft were the projects that ranked highest on the assessment criteria.

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    With the approval of seniors housing near West Saanich and Keating Crossroad there is likely to be a need for improved walking into downtown Brentwood Bay along West Saanich. Was this considered?

    Peter asked about 1 month ago

    Hello, There is not an approved seniors housing complex at this time; you may be thinking of an application that has not been considered by Council yet. There is not a plan to add a sidewalk down West Saanich. The projects included in the plans were all selected after a comprehensive analysis of many criteria.

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    The City of Victoria has been found by the BC Human Rights Tribunal to have discriminated against people who are blind with the installation of floating bus stops next to separated bike lanes, but this report recommends their use. How does Central Saanich plan to address the safety/accessibility issues identified in Victoria and avoid a similar outcome here?

    DBW asked 23 days ago

    Hello, Thank you for raising this concern. The draft document is based on current provincial design standards. While no floating bus stops are identified as projects in the plan, we would look to the latest best practices and the provincial standard.

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    With the large number of equine boarding facilities in Central Saanich and opportunities for agro-tourism, I'm surprised that more research, discussion and requirements about opportunities for bridleway was not covered in the draft report. As a primarily rural and agricultural area, to me this would be a no brainer and shows the lack of foresight. Personally, I don't have any interest in horses, but I'm well aware of the need. Can you explain the reason that this wasn't more thoroughly covered in the research?

    Kws asked about 1 month ago

    The long list of priorities was extensive; priority projects were selected based on a detailed analysis that looked at the following factors:

    • Level of support in policies, plans and community engagement

    • Anticipated use (land use, data)

    • Improving safety/addressing safety concerns

    • Helps build connected routes/addresses gaps

    • Addresses a known accessibly issue

    • Partnership opportunities

    • Represents good overall value

    Horseback riding facilities were not within the scope of this project; however equestrian uses will be considered on any multi-use pathways. Multi-use pathways are included in the Draft plan, mostly in the long-term network design, but for the short term there is a multi-use path proposed for Mt Newton Cross Road.

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    Are there any plans to improve the bicycle lane along Wallace dr ? The section needing the most attention is from West Saanich rd to Stellys cross rd. thanks

    Perry Freisinger asked 5 months ago

    This section was identified as a key priority for residents and it will be included in the draft plan, which will be available for public comment this winter. This section of Wallace Drive is scheduled to be reconstructed as part of the Brentwood Bay sewer replacement project, which is subject to grant funding due to the high costs. The scope of work includes reconfiguration of the roadway to include bike lanes.