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#101 Brantastic

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Posted 01 March 2021 - 09:50 PM

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!


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#102 Brantastic

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Posted 02 March 2021 - 12:02 AM

Also heavily used by locals in Brentwood with 12 month passes. Some walk their dogs there everyday.


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#103 Spy Black

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Posted 02 March 2021 - 08:47 AM

Sorry but staff have free parking on-site at Butchart and the bus goes right to the front gate. Nobody is walking from Wallace unless they choose to.

I stand by what I wrote.

You're free to disagree :)


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#104 spanky123

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Posted 02 March 2021 - 08:51 AM

I stand by what I wrote.

You're free to disagree :)

 

I can only go by my experience with family and friends who have worked at BG. Never had an issue with staff parking or the bus. Never saw staff having to walk from Wallace down to get to work. Not saying it never happened, just never saw it.



#105 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 06 March 2021 - 06:10 AM

Central Saanich is seeking public input on its first active transportation plan, which includes infrastructure projects as well as programs to encourage walking, cycling and transit.

The draft plan assigns top priority to filling gaps in the sidewalk, trail and cycling networks and improving road safety, ­particularly in more densely populated areas like Brentwood and Saanichton. It proposes new multi-use pathways, sidewalks, bike lanes and bike parking, and upgrades to crosswalks with flashing lights.

https://www.timescol...plan-1.24291018



#106 On the Level

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Posted 02 May 2021 - 12:18 PM

Went to Butcharts yesterday and it was spectacular.  Saw a hummingbird I hadn't seen before.  Much larger than normal and it had a purple head.  Anyways, if you like the gardens, now is a good time to go.


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#107 todd

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Posted 02 May 2021 - 06:33 PM

How were the crowds?

#108 On the Level

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Posted 02 May 2021 - 07:18 PM

How were the crowds?

 

The place was empty for a Saturday.....


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#109 todd

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 11:56 AM

It was delightful:
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#110 todd

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 05:56 PM

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