Letters March 18: Richardson Road Division; congratulations on the alternate; Flag of the Coronary heart Appreciated – Occasions Colonist

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Bottleneck coming quickly if Richardson's job is finished

Re: “Why the Richardson Road Biking Plan Must be Redesigned,” commentary, March 16.

I completely agree with Chris Foord's article on the proposed disastrous cycle path for Richardson Road.

This plan will stop everybody in South Oak Bay from touring downtown and can create an enormous bottleneck in site visitors on the small residential streets. It's a plan that creates a giant transportation downside.

I urge the board to rethink this plan. Oak Bay cyclists not have an issue driving their bikes downtown, however they are going to when this bike lane is constructed, as automobile site visitors will happen on all the smaller lanes of the town. Oak Bay making an attempt to maneuver across the bike path.

Victoria Council, save your cash and make investments it in one thing you want, like low lease housing.

Lynne milnes
Victoria

Full assist for the Richardson plan

Re: “Why the Richardson Road Biking Plan Must be Redesigned,” commentary, March 16.

We reside on Richardson Road and would be the most affected by the brand new plans, which we totally assist. The Oak Bay resident & # 39; s hysterical rant, foaming in his mouth about what Victoria's recommendation is "doing" to us, was utter nonsense.

Richardson Road has been a quick lane for commuters for many years, making it unsafe for pedestrians and cyclists.

We have been each struck by autos whereas driving over them. This route can be a part of a community that can promote energetic transportation all through the area, and plenty of consultations have been held previous to its approval.

We participated in a number of engagement alternatives together with a two hour stroll with neighbors and city planners.

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The pandemic has revealed a latent demand for biking and strolling infrastructure that cities around the globe are actually struggling to fulfill. We’re lucky that our metropolis council had the foresight to place the protection of kids aged eight to 80 first.

Janet Simpson and William Scott
Victoria

Go away him alone he feels protected now

Re: “Why the Richardson Road Biking Plan Must be Redesigned,” commentary, March 16.

I'm a senior bike owner (however not fairly the 80s they declare to fulfill!) And I discover no downside driving all the size of Richardson Road frequently.

In my expertise, motorists and cyclists respect one another on this street and it feels protected. I reside on Moss Road which is already an artery of autos going too quick (accelerating away from these annoying four-lane stops!) And I dread the rise in site visitors because of the proposed detours.

As Chris Foord put it in his current touch upon Richardson: "There isn’t any downside on this avenue and there by no means has been."

Recommendation from Victoria, please depart Richardson to be just about alone.

Louise Mcgillivray
Victoria

Don't be afraid of the bicycle and curler routes

Re: “Why the Richardson Road Biking Plan Must be Redesigned,” commentary, March 16.

The proof is overwhelming that creating cycle and rolling routes for all ages and talents (AAA), 24/7 bus lanes and precedence pedestrian zones makes cities more healthy, extra satisfying and reduces greenhouse gasoline air pollution.

Jane Jacobs wrote about how closing a street by way of a New York Metropolis park diminished site visitors to the encompassing space in her 1961 traditional The Loss of life and Lifetime of America's Nice Cities. Now we’ve got a great deal of research and plenty of examples of 'evaporating' or 'disappearing' site visitors.

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Once I lived in Vancouver, the primary AAA bike lanes have been very controversial and plenty of specialists predicted site visitors chaos. As a substitute, cycle and rolling routes have change into highly regarded, and site visitors volumes have dropped on routes to the middle.

For those who make it protected and satisfying to journey by bike, mobility scooter and on foot, that is what folks select to do. And driving normally takes about the identical time as earlier than.

Our selections must be primarily based on proof and expertise, not irrational fears.

Eric Doherty
Victoria

Try extra, don't construct it but

Re: “Why the Richardson Road Biking Plan Must be Redesigned,” commentary, March 16.

I’m in favor of safer streets for cyclists and pedestrians, however the Richardson Road plan will create security issues elsewhere in Fairfield, Gonzales and Rockland.

This stage of neighborhood overhaul additionally deserves a minimum of the identical discover and alternative to remark as a public listening to on the rezoning of a property. It's not too late.

Town ought to pause the plan, develop a revised plan that’s protected for bicycles, pedestrians and autos for all customers, and maintain a public assembly to get suggestions on the plan.

Steve New
Fairfield

Site visitors will transfer to different streets

Re: “Why the Richardson Road Biking Plan Must be Redesigned,” commentary, March 16.

As a resident who lives throughout from one of many Fairfield Highway faculties, I’m very involved in regards to the impression the Richardson Road change could have on site visitors ranges on an already busy street.

I voiced my issues to the town about Richardson's plans, solely to search out out that the plan had been accredited. Accepted primarily based on what? There has by no means been any session with me or any of my neighbors.

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The plan is ridiculous and of little or no concern to the neighborhood.

Thomas lacey
Victoria

Reward for the brand new McKenzie interchange

Congratulations to everybody who participated within the planning and development of the McKenzie Avenue Interchange.

Building was delayed, however we perceive this has saved prices near price range throughout a interval of quickly rising prices. The freeway flows nicely in all instructions and the landscaping and bus stops are nicely carried out.

All of this was achieved whereas retaining site visitors flowing all through the development interval. A very good job throughout.

Mike Martyn
Victoria

The brand new coronary heart flag is appreciated

Due to The Occasions Colonist for the refresh of the Coronary heart Flag. I’ve my authentic and it nonetheless appears fairly good.

I'll simply add the brand new copy to my assortment of hearts on our home windows. As you say, we want a 'refresh' after a 12 months of COVID-19 and even with the vaccine rolling out, we nonetheless have a approach to go.

The Occasions Colonist has been a “lifeline” for us all through this pandemic. Throughout this 12 months, the informative, reassuring and compassionate columns that you just and all your employees editors have written have been significantly appreciated.

Can't wait to see the entrance web page assertion that COVID-19 is over!

Hopefully, it's not too far.

Thanks once more. ♥

Glenn and Carolyn Parks
Nanaimo

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