Kris Nichols

Six bikes trump one car

Bike rack takes pride of place on the Ave

Six two-wheelers fit comfortably in the latest parking addition near Oak Bay Avenue.

At the corner of Hampshire Road a new bike rack fills the space of one car and can hold up to eight bikes.

“We are proud to introduce the first of what we hope will be several bike corrals located in key business areas in Oak Bay,” said Coun. Michelle Kirby, council liaison for the Active Transportation Advisory Committee. “Providing convenient and secure bicycle parking for our residents and visitors who cycle in our community is an important part of the ATAC’s planning work.”

“We see the value in the bike rack in that it adds the opportunity for people cycling to come downtown to the Oak Bay village to do some shopping. And we need to increase more and more of the awareness and ability for people to park their bikes downtown,” said Kris Nichols, chair of the active transportation advisory committee.

Biking infrastructure improvements will only add to the business bustle of the Avenue agreed Mayor Nils Jensen.

“We want to encourage biking. It helps people’s health, it’s great for the environment and of course, I think it really is good for business,” he said.

“It’s a win-win-win situation, great for health, great for the environment, great for business.”

Infrastructure and installation for the improvements cost about $1,572.

“This idea of having more bike parking on the Avenue came up at the parks and recreation commission a few months ago, and it’s been supported by staff, by council and the active transportation committee since then,” said Rick Marshall of the Oak Bay Parks and Recreation Commission. The Business Improvement Association suggested the site, he added. “People are coming to the village to shop, for dining, for entertainment and for recreation … and more and more they’re coming on foot, by bike or by transit. That’s calling for more bike parking than we’ve had in the past.”

Just Posted

Saanich police are looking for a man who exposed himself Saturday night

The incident exposure happened at the intersection of Feltham Road and Shelbourne Street

Readers Theatre returns to Victoria’s Emanu-El

Born at Congregation Emanu-El’s 2013 Arts Festival, Bema Productions is back for its fifth season

Victoria-bound plane slides off icy Edmonton runway

Crew, passengers had to disembark via bridge stairs

VIDEO: Hundreds gather in Victoria as part of global Women’s March for equality

‘End Violence Against Women’ march theme for 2019

Almost four of 10 Canadians have unlimited internet data at home

Fifty-four per cent say they telecommute at least sometimes

Students seen mocking Native Americans could face expulsion

One 11-minute video of the confrontation shows the Haka dance and students loudly chanting

B.C. VIEWS: Fact-checking the NDP’s speculation tax on empty homes

Negative-option billing is still legal for governments

May plans next move in Brexit fight as chances rise of delay

Some say a lack of action could trigger a ‘public tsunami’

Group challenges ruling for doctors to give referrals for services that clash with beliefs

A group of five Canadian doctors and three professional organizations is appealing

Major winter storm wreaks havoc on U.S. travel

Nearly 5,000 flights were cancelled Sunday around the country

Want to avoid the speculation tax on your vacant home? Rent it out, Horgan says

Premier John Horgan and Sheila Malcolmson say speculation and vacancy tax addresses homelessness

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

UPDATE: B.C. woman and boy, 6, found safe, RCMP confirm

Roseanne Supernault says both she and her six-year-old nephew are fine and she has contacted police

Most Read