The Municipality of Central Saanich is quite aware of the non-stop vehicle and pedestrian activity on Benvenuto Ave, especially during the long tourist season.
Benvenuto is quite narrow, and walking on it is somewhat precarious what with no sidewalks of any kind to be found.
Additionally, and alluded to in the article, with over 300 workers, most of the Gardens employees arrive at work via bus, or after being dropped off on Wallace.
It's only managers and the most senior employees that benefit from on-site parking ... the guy who serves you your hot dog has to walk down Benvenuto (along with a couple of hundred other employees) ... thus the new path.
Actually, in peak season (pre-pandemic) it's around 600 workers. 300 workers is closer to winter staffing numbers, and maybe current Covid numbers. I worked at The Butchart Gardens for 3.5 years until early last year.
The bus doesn't go down the hill to Butchart Gardens outside of BG's operating hours. So, if you work an opening or closing shift and you take transit to work, you need to walk up and down that hill, which people drive very quickly along despite the lower speed limit. Also, plenty of tourists take transit from Downtown, and if they leave right when The Gardens close, they're stuck walking up the hill too. I used to catch the bus back from the top of the hill after they closed and there'd be quite a few tourists catching that bus.
I also sometimes biked to The Gardens and worked with several others who biked to work. I'd say 40-50% of the people who work there live in Brentwood Bay and lots of them walked to work along Benvenuto. There are a ton of students from Stelly's that work there too. Staff parking is constrained in the summer time, and there'd often be overflow parking an extra 5 minute walk away. They have "ride reduction" incentives there to encourage active transportation to work.
So I think this is very worthwhile!