Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or in writing.

LETTER: Richardson bike lane an obstacle for Oak Bay commuters

Victoria’s now approved bike lane on Richardson will eliminate all east-west vehicle traffic from Foul Bay Road to Cook Street by installing five traffic diverters along the route.

Mayor Lisa Helps is telling South Oak Bay residents that they must now take an extra five to seven minutes per trip and take a longer route if they want to come downtown. She might as well tell us we’re not welcome. This plan is nothing more than an elaborate solution in search of a problem.

Proponents of the bike lane plan think of all through traffic along Richardson as rat running, a term for drivers looking to shortcut through quiet residential streets. What nonsense. Richardson is a collector street and has functioned as such for 75 years. It is not a residential side street. It is one of the widest streets in Victoria, accommodating drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, quite safely, for decades.

I am not aware of any traffic crash stats that say there is a problem on Richardson, not even a minor problem. If all road users cannot co-exist on Richardson then they should not be allowed to co-exist on any street in Victoria. Redirecting up to 4,000 vehicle trips a day onto quiet side streets and onto already busy Fairfield Road, Foul Bay and Oak Bay Avenue. Council is trading off these 4,000 daily vehicle trips in hopes of attracting a couple hundred new cycling trips a day. What a losing trade-off.

Victoria conveniently neglected to meaningfully consult Oak Bay on the bike plan. They didn’t bother because they knew what reaction they would get. If you are upset with this ridiculous bike route plan take the time to make your voice heard. If the five traffic diverters do get built you might want to contribute, like I will, to an inevitable ‘Rip it Out’ fund for Victoria’s next council to bring back some sanity to the neighbourhood and restore Richardson to its historical collector street status.

Chris Foord

Oak Bay

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Fire crews respond to the 3500-block of Blanshard Street in Saanich on April 16. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Saanich fire crews close road over smoking sidewalk

Police diverting traffic as Vernon Avenue is closed

This stretch of Highway 14 on Parkinson Hill near Port Renfrew is undergoing reconstruction following a road washout in 2018. (Ministry of Transportation photo)
22-hour Highway 14 road closure planned for Wednesday

Closure needed to install a temporary bridge structure near Port Renfrew

A weekend of sunny skies may have Victoria breaking temperature records, according to an Environment Canada meteorologist. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Temperature records eyed for Victoria with sunny weekend forcast

Victoria hit the highest April 14 temperature since 1926 on Wednesday

A man accused of sexual assault has resigned as a coach at Castaway Wanderers Rugby Club and has had his employment suspended at The Local. (Google Streetview/Screenshot)
Rugby coach resigns, is suspended from Victoria restaurant following sexual assault allegations

Social media page creates a safe space for survivors to share their stories

Smoke is visible from the Trans-Canada Highway, April 16 around 12:15 p.m. (Black Press Media photo)
UPDATED: Saanich fire crews truck in water as hog fuel fire smoulders

No injuries reported following fire at greenhouse near Burnside West and Prospect Lake roads

Rainbow trouts thrashing with life as they’re about to be transferred to the largest lake of their lives, even though it’s pretty small. These rainbows have a blue tinge because they matched the blue of their hatchery pen, but soon they’ll take on the green-browns of their new home at Lookout Lake. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
VIDEO: Lookout Lake stocked with hatchery trout to delight of a seniors fishing club

The Cherish Trout Scouts made plans to come back fishing soon

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepares a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic, April 21, 2020. (B.C. Government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate persists, 1,005 new cases Friday

Hospitalization up to 425, six more virus-related deaths

The Nautical Dog Cafe at Skaha marina is getting its patio ready in hopes Mother Nature will provide where provincial restrictions have taken away indoor dining. (Facebook)
‘A lot of instability’: B.C. restaurants in layoff limbo

As COVID-19 cases stay high, restaurants in British Columbia are closed to indoor dining

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland responds to a question during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Expectations high as Trudeau Liberals get ready to unveil first pandemic budget

The Liberals will look to thread an economic needle with Monday’s budget

John Furlong, Own The Podium board chairman and former CEO of the Vancouver Olympics, addresses a Vancouver Board of Trade luncheon in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday November 25, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
John Furlong presents 2030 Winter Games vision to Vancouver Board of Trade

Vancouver and Whistler would remain among host sites because of 2010 sport venues still operational

Photo by Metro Creative Connection
New campgrounds coming to B.C. parks as part of $83M provincial boost

This season alone, 185 campsites are being added to provincial parks, says Minister of Environment and Climate Change

The Nanaimo Clippers’ game against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs slated for Thursday, April 15, has been postponed due to a “potential positive COVID-19 test result,” says the BCHL. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo Clippers COVID-19 test negative, team can practise and play

Junior A hockey team had suspended activities the day before out of ‘abundance of caution’

Paper Excellence took over Catalyst Paper operations in B.C. in 2018. (Paper Excellence photo)
The plane blasted through an airport fence and down a hill, before stopping before a cement barrier on Highway 5A, right in front of a school bus. Photo submitted.
Student pilot crashes plane onto Highway 5A almost hitting school bus

Aircraft hit pavement right in front of school bus

Most Read