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[Bicycles] Regional Trails in Victoria: Galloping Goose, Lochside, Trans-Canada & E&N


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#961 Mike K.

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 10:31 AM

I have to wonder if the interchange mess is pushing people to leave their cars behind. I personally know one individual who can't handle the congested highway any longer and has ditched her car for a bicycle (transit isn't an option).

 

That intersection should have been dealt with a decade ago. It's a crying shame the Liberals took as long as they did to take action.


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#962 Bob Fugger

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 10:40 AM

The irony is that it will just push the choke point one intersection south to Tillicum Road.



#963 RFS

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 10:46 AM

The irony is that it will just push the choke point one intersection south to Tillicum Road.

Sort of. A lot of people get off at McKenzie and admirals

Edit: get off and get on

Edited by RFS, 07 November 2018 - 10:47 AM.


#964 nerka

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 10:46 AM

1) Construction delays are a mess

2) E-bikes seem to be exploding in popularity making a Westshore to Core commute much more accessible.

3) Gas is pretty damn pricey right now

4) New bridge and better bike infrastructure. Crossing the blue bridge in the traffic lanes was scary to many people



#965 lanforod

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 04:05 PM

Sort of. A lot of people get off at McKenzie and admirals

Edit: get off and get on

 

This is my standard response to the 'but Tillicum!!!!' whiners. Someone posted the stats a while back too.. like 40% or so! 

 

It will help. It's not a full fix, but it will help.



#966 Brantastic

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 06:48 PM

Yep, bike numbers have been up every single month this year, with some significantly up.

Numbers I crunched from the eco-public website (2018 vs 2017):
Jan +16.7%

Feb +20.2%
Mar +30.0%
Apr +16.7%
May +30.5%
Jun +8.3%
Jul +12.7%
Aug +6.4%
Sep +5.9%
Oct +17.6%

I would assume that this is due to a number of factors. Personally, I've only been consistently biking into downtown since the opening of the new bridge and Pandora/Fort bike lanes. However, I'm sure construction, slight population increases, congestion, gas prices, and a number of other factors have had additive effects.

I was curious how these changes in cycling correlated with weather. Most months this year had relatively less rainfall than last year, though January, April and September had more rainfall than last year but still had increases. What astounded me was that January of 2018 (the second rainiest month this decade after Oct 2016) had over 4x the total rainfall of January 2017, yet still managed an increase of 16.7% ridership!



#967 FogPub

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 07:35 PM

^ For the winter months, number of days with snow on the ground and-or high winds will probably represent a significant difference as well.  My memory could be off, but I seem to recall 2016-17 winter as having more snow days (and some of them quite late, well into March) than 2017-18.

 

As for wind - cycling in a calm-ish rain is one thing.  Cycling in a 30-knot southeaster with the rain falling almost sideways is quite another.  I know of what I speak, having done more than enough of both in my time. :)


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#968 Brantastic

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 10:45 PM

Very true! The 2017-2018 winter had much less snow than 2016-2017. Although this wouldn't have affected January as only 1 cm fell in 2017 vs. 0 in 2018. Certainly could have affected February and March.



 



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