Project can’t leave cyclists in the dust

Cyclists needs must be considered for McKenzie interchange for the Trans-Canada Highway

Commuters throughout Greater Victoria breathed a sigh of relief last week when the long-awaited McKenzie interchange for the Trans-Canada Highway finally started to move ahead.

The provincial government has ponied up more than $52 million towards the $85 million interchange, with Ottawa agreeing to pick up the remaining costs.

Provincial Transportation Minister Todd Stone pointed to a recent survey showing that addressing the Colwood Crawl was the No. 1 concern of Vancouver Island residents from Victoria all the way to Campbell River. The traffic gridlock at the McKenzie interchange is the worst in the province outside of the George Massey Tunnel bottleneck in the Lower Mainland.

The project, expected to be completed by fall 2018, should reduce a significant portion of the commuting time for the 90,000 vehicles that travel through the intersection on an average day. We would hope that the project will not overlook another significant component of reducing traffic congestion.

The Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition is calling on the province to improve cycling safety at the proposed interchange, pointing specifically to the Galloping Goose Trail crossing at Mckenzie Avenue.

“The Galloping Goose Regional Trail is an essential connection for people riding bikes and walking,” said GVCC president Edward Pullman. “With many near-misses and crashes, this dangerous intersection needs a fully separated all-ages and abilities overpass, similar to the switch bridge near Uptown.”

The coalition is asking that Galloping Goose be maintained throughout construction and the new interchange contains protected bike lanes along Admirals Road through to McKenzie Avenue and easy access to the trail.

The coalition’s request seems like a common sense proposal, and one that would unlikely put much of a dent in the project’s $85 million price tag. The protected bike lanes and accessible trail will just be the finishing touches on a project the whole region can celebrate.


Just Posted

Fate of accused in Saanich couple’s 1987 killings in jury’s hands

William Talbott’s lawyer says DNA doesn’t prove murder

Local grocery store steps up to help resident after Saanich jams her stand

Pepper’s Foods will start selling jams previously sold through roadside stand

Brentwood Bay fruit stand plundered on first day of season

Leeanne and Jack Guthrie dismayed to find money and fruit stolen from roadside stand

Victoria woman accesses healing Burn Fund resources 45 years after injury

Stasi Manser was burned when she was five years old and now works as an adult burn survivor advocate

Federal government commits $9.1 million toward UVic Indigenous Law building

Contribution supports Canada’s first Canada’s first Indigenous Law program

VIDEO: Killer whale steals fisherman’s catch off North Coast

Fishing duel results in eager orca snagging salmon in Prince Rupert

POLL: Do you think the penalty should be increased for tossing a burning cigarette from a vehicle?

With grasslands and forests around Vancouver Island and across B.C. reaching tinder… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of June 25

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

PHOTOS: North Island home gutted in fire deemed ‘suspicious’

No injuries reported; firefighters prevented blaze from spreading

Child killed after being hit in driveway on Vancouver Island

The driver of the vehicle remained at the crash scene and is fully cooperating

Eating sandwiches, putting on makeup behind the wheel could land you a fine

RCMP say if you cause an accident while eating you could be penalized

Cat badly hurt in animal trap was likely stuck for days, B.C. owner says

Blu, a three-year-old house cat, suffered severe damage to his hind leg after being stuck in trap for days

Vancouver Island woman assaulted after confronting thief

RCMP warn residents to call for police assistance

40 cats surrendered in apparent hoarding at B.C. home

Officers found the cats living among piles of garbage and feces, suffering from fleas

Most Read