New pedestrian and bike crossing on Cook Street receives rave reviews

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(Victoria Buzz)

Red light, green light!

A new crosswalk for pedestrians and cyclists on Cook Street at Richardson Street is now in service, near the village of Cook Street.

The City of Victoria says improved curbs and sidewalks have also been installed, along with an audible level crossing tone to improve safety and accessibility for walkers and cyclists.

For someone who has lived in the area for a decade, the new infrastructure is a “fantastic” addition, especially given the heavy vehicle traffic Cook Street sees daily.

“I’ve lived in this area for 10 years and have seen a lot of near misses like cars not slowing down for people in the crosswalk or not seeing cyclists turning,” they posted on Facebook.

“I appreciate the lights – it’s a fairly pedestrian corridor, and that will make it clearer for drivers and walkers,” added another.

The improvements build on the Richardson Corridor project, approved by City Council in 2020, to provide cycling connections between Oak Bay, Fairfield and downtown while enabling transit and commercial services.

Corridor construction began last year, bringing new pedestrian crossings, road paving, a neighborhood plaza, new trees and landscaping, and additional street parking from Vancouver Street to Foul Bay Road, depending on the city.

Still, some are expressing frustration about the new Cook and Richardson Street crossing. One person called it “super ridiculous”.

“…especially since we already have two brake lights fully on. There aren’t enough bike users to install this type of light out there,” they wrote.

“[The city makes] all those plush accessories but leave the roads on their ‘bike lanes’ with worse pavement than forest roads,” another added.

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