From the Times Colonist – 30 Oct 11
Urban planners have an ambitious strategy to increase walking and cycling along 900 kilometres of roadways throughout Greater Victoria, but the costsharing plan comes with a hefty price tag of about $275 million.
The scope and cost of the strategy indicate communities will need to slowly roll it out over the next decade or two, depending on the support from the various jurisdictions, according to Capital Regional District planners who commissioned the report in 2009.
Designs in the Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan push for pathways that make cycling and walking more comfortable for all users. If accomplished, the changes could achieve cycling rates of up to 25 per cent in highdensity areas and 15 per cent region-wide, which is far higher than the current nine per cent in high density and 3.2 per cent overall, the report says.
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