Concept art for the Fort Street bike lane in Victoria. (City of Victoria)

Victoria’s transition to being a more bike-friendly city will take its next big step this month. Construction is set to begin on the Fort St two-way bike lanes.

Similar to the Pandora two-way bike lanes (unveiled in May) the Fort Street cycling corridor will be separated from motor traffic using a combination of paint, bollards, parked vehicles, and concrete barriers.

Fort St Bike Lanes

Cyclists will also be given dedicated traffic signals. Additionally, at intersections and driveways, green paint will mark out the bike lanes.

According to Scott Cunningham of CTV News, the “traffic snarls (and) parking headaches” begin on September 25.

Another Chapter in Victoria’s Ongoing Bike Lane Saga

Victoria has a notoriously turbulent relationship with two-way bike lanes, and the Fort St installment is no different. This project, in particular, garnered opponents due to its removal of parking spots along a business-heavy downtown corridor.

Other citizens raised concerns about the project’s implementation so soon after the addition of the Pandora two-way bike lanes.

However, at the City Council meeting during which the Fort St project was approved, Lisa Helps argued that the importance of a “complete network” of bike lanes is important in the long-term.

“People want us to just wait for Pandora and see how that goes,” Helps said. “The real point of this project is that we have a complete network… A network doesn’t work with just one spoke. We need the entire network to be built.”

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  • Tiger Al

    When will Victoria’s car-hating politicians be held responsible for the millions of dollars they have wasted and the mess they have left behind? Hopping on your bike used to mean Freedom but now riders are pawns in this ridiculously exaggerated “green” scam. How many self-appointed and un-elected “experts” have picked our pockets over the past few years? Wake up everybody! We have been riding our bikes forever, without lanes and networks. Bikes can go anywhere and do not need to be corralled by million dollar schemes. And the “rider education” these “experts” offer is equally astounding: why would a biker want to mix with traffic? Dozens of fender benders occur every day at intersections everywhere; why would you want to get involved in these, on your bike? Biking advocates/activists put your life at risk, just to keep their paychecks coming. Common sense would tell you to take care of yourself out there; and why would you want to line up with cars, anyway? We ride our bikes to get away from line-ups and waits.
    So get over it, bikes will never replace cars. They are even planning driver-less ones as we speak. So stop living in a dream world. Keep your head up, don’t be an entitled Nanny State baby and look out for yourself.

    • tom Beattie

      Totally agreed.To add insult to injury they are being financed entirely by gas transfer taxes from Otowa.