As one who has cycled in many countries, many cities, and in Vancouver while it developed a safe and respectful cycling infrastructure, I was shocked, dismayed, and discouraged from cycling when I moved to Saanich five years ago and discovered a deeply fragmented and dangerous cycling infrastructure.
However, this summer I was hopeful when witnessing the building of a new and very safe cycle path on the east side of Cedar Hill Road in the 3500 block. My hopes are now crushed.
This path is a one block wonder with no safe cycle path leading to or from the fabulous new path, and no cycle path on the west side of the street.
In fact the west side of Cedar Hill Road from Cedar Hill Cross Road south is extremely dangerous for cyclists as it has uneven shoulders with numerous infrastructure hazards, for example, a drain cover that could stop a bike dead and that is located in a tight traffic pattern.
I am a confident, experienced cyclist who holds my breath and prays when I head out for a ride from my home.