Mayor apologizes over lack of consultation on Fort Street bike lanes
Concept art for the Fort Street bike lane in Victoria. (City of Victoria)
CTV Vancouver Island
Published Friday, February 10, 2017 11:00AM PST
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps is saying sorry to business owners along Fort Street over a lack of consultation on protected bike lanes.
As part of the city’s “Biketoria” plan, it hopes to install a multi-million dollar cycling network by 2022.
The next phase of the project is to create new protected bike lanes on Fort Street, but some businesses have complained that they weren’t properly consulted on the plan.
“I am going to write a letter of apology to the Downtown Victoria Business Association, specifically to the members of their association on Fort Street,” Helps said.
“The corridor has been part of the network since early 2014, but that’s no excuse for when we’re actually going to go out and build to not just go and knock on doors, which we did, and leave flyers, which we did, but to take into consideration how their business operates and how we can build the bike corridor to make sure its enhancing and not inhibiting their businesses.”
Helps said the city will conduct more thorough and robust engagement with those on the street whose businesses may be impacted by construction.