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[Bicycles] Bike lanes and cycling infrastructure in Victoria and the south Island


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#8101 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 08 May 2019 - 03:33 PM

oh 10 finalists:

 

https://www.infrastr...m-comp-eng.html



#8102 Nparker

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Posted 08 May 2019 - 03:39 PM

Winner to be announced on May 14, 2019; so we'll know soon if U-Bike is going to put out of its misery or not.



#8103 Mike K.

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Posted 08 May 2019 - 03:42 PM

Can someone explain who/what is funding u-bike, and who actually owns the entity that operates locally?

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#8104 Jackerbie

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Posted 08 May 2019 - 03:56 PM

In my opinion, U-bike is being kept minimally alive solely due to the smart cities challenge. If Victoria wins, the City will receive $10M and I am told that a good chunk of that has been committed to U-bike to build out their service to include electric bikes, scooters, and even ride-sharing. I think if any in the program actually took a look at the sorry state of what we have in Victoria then they would run away with their money but that isn't usually how it works when politicians are throwing bucks around.

 

The City of Victoria doesn't have an entry. The South Island Prosperity Partnership is leading the bid. CoV is a member of the Partnership, along with a bunch of other municipalities, FNs, schools, etc.



#8105 Mike K.

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Posted 08 May 2019 - 04:03 PM

So why does the Mayor of Victoria need to fly to Ottawa to attend the funding announcement in-person? Shouldn’t a delegate from the SIPP be sufficient?
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#8106 Midnightly

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Posted 08 May 2019 - 04:45 PM

So why does the Mayor of Victoria need to fly to Ottawa to attend the funding announcement in-person? Shouldn’t a delegate from the SIPP be sufficient?

 

 

because the mayor likes doing the fun stuff and putting her face out there for photo ops.. the delegate gets to do the boring practical stuff like attending school PAC meetings or meeting with citizens


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#8107 lanforod

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Posted 08 May 2019 - 09:49 PM

I like to see people on bikes, and I'm a fan of bike paths. We've seen it in this discussion before. Some motorists hate bikes, and some cyclists hate cars. So here's my experience just this afternoon.

I'm driving south on Cook Street, approaching Hillside. Sometimes a car is turning left onto Hillside, and so you have to go into the right lane to proceed straight. Also sometimes you are just approaching Hillside and the light turns red. I will often go into the right lane, so I can turn right onto Hillside. I can be down to Quadra by the time the light turns green on Cook to continue south.

So I notice that in the right lane is a cyclist who is riding smack in the middle of the lane. Okay. The light turns at Hillside and she is at the front of the right lane. She stops in the middle of the lane. I want to make a right turn. I have a small car and there was still just enough room to get around her. She starts to yell at me, "I'm a car!" In other words, she feels she has the right to take up the entire lane, even at the intersection. What is wrong with a modicum of cooperation? At the intersection, she could pull over a bit to the right to allow others to turn. It's that attitude which I find so annoying. Hope about "I'm a person!" "I can do things out of common courtesy!"


I did this today on my bike at Quadra and Chaterton, even had a car behind me signaling a right turn.
I get what you're saying about attitude but for me it's safer to stop in the middle of the lane than risk getting squeezed by someone making a right turn. My safety trumps your 30 seconds.
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#8108 Jackerbie

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 02:20 PM

The Canadian Institute of Planners has announced that UVic and Urban Systems have received an Award for Planning Excellence Merit for the "University of Victoria Campus Cycling Plan." via https://www.cip-icu....Recipients.aspx



#8109 lanforod

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 02:43 PM

The Canadian Institute of Planners has announced that UVic and Urban Systems have received an Award for Planning Excellence Merit for the "University of Victoria Campus Cycling Plan." via https://www.cip-icu....Recipients.aspx

 

I think it's kind of silly to award something for planning when the plan hasn't yet been implemented. How do you know its a good plan until its been implemented?


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#8110 DustMagnet

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 05:25 PM

It's an award for Planning Excellence, not Plan Excellence.



#8111 Matt R.

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 06:27 PM

Will property taxes go up 22.5% to cover this?

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#8112 Nparker

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 06:38 PM

Will property taxes go up 22.5% to cover this?...

Mine did.



#8113 Matt R.

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Posted 15 May 2019 - 07:28 PM

Oh really? I hadn’t heard.

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#8114 Jackerbie

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 07:41 AM

In other cycling awards news, Vélo Canada Bikes has recognized Saanich's "Moving Saanich Forward" plan and Victoria's Fort Street Bike Lanes as two of the top ten cycling projects in 2018. Lisa Helps was recognized with the National Advocacy Award.

 

The Canadian National Bike Summit was held in Ottawa, so it dovetailed with her Smart Cities trip.



 



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