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Eight Saanich cycling and pedestrian projects set for completion in months, not years

Eight Saanich cycling and pedestrian projects set for completion in months, not years

Changes include making a section of Tillicum Road safer and more welcoming for pedestrians. Check the map, showing where crosswalks will be improved, cycling lanes…

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Changes include making a section of Tillicum Road safer and more welcoming for pedestrians. Check the map, showing where crosswalks will be improved, cycling lanes built, and walkways made more hospitable. 1 / 2 Map: Pedestrian and bicycling projects in Saanich

The District of Saanich has been quick off the mark in implementing eight transportation projects that address pedestrian and cycling safety.

Unlike typical municipal infrastructure projects, which can take years of planning and often require tearing up roads to perform underground utility upgrades at the same time, the eight Quick Build Active Transportation projects are meant to be completed in a matter of months.

“This pilot project represents a bit of a departure — a different approach — as we build out the municipality’s infrastructure over the next 25 years,” said Coun. Rebecca Mersereau, chair of Saanich’s active transportation advisory committee.

The project, approved by council in March, includes improved crosswalks at 10 intersections, five kilometres of protected bicycle lanes, high-visibility road markings in school zones, and five kilometres of pedestrian walkways on 15 streets. The walkways will use existing pavement, with parking restricted to the other side of the street.

The work is the result of consultation with Saanich residents, who are represented on the committee, Mersereau said. Some elements, such as the streets where the pedestrian walkways will be introduced, were based on criteria laid down by staff, such as the volume of pedestrians in the area and routes leading to schools, parks or community centres.

“Long-term infrastructure projects […]

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