Two lanes unnecessary

Only moderate traffic observed on Shelbourne during a busy shopping period

On the afternoon of Nov. 25 (a.k.a. “Black Friday”), from about 4:45 to 5:15 p.m., I was engaged in shopping, with several stops along Shelbourne Street, from North Dairy to Feltham roads. Although the time and day are often considered “heavy traffic” times, I observed generally moderate traffic conditions with most motorists occupying the right-hand lane, perhaps to avoid opposing / oncoming traffic separated by nothing more than one or two lines of yellow paint.

During this same time-period, there was a highly conspicuous, northbound cyclist riding in the middle of the right-hand (vehicle) lane. Vehicle traffic appeared to be only slightly inconvenienced by the cyclist’s presence. Two full vehicle lanes in each direction are completely unnecessary.

James Grayson

 

Saanich