Cadboro Bay Road Bike Lanes
Building bike lanes on Cadboro Bay Road from Foul Bay Road to Bowker Avenue was one of Oak Bay Council’s Strategic Priorities. Oak Bay’s Official Community Plan (OCP) captures the District’s intent to develop pedestrian and cycling networks that connect with multi-modal transportation systems within Oak Bay and with our neighbouring communities. The Capital Regional District’s Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan (PCMP), published in March 2011, also describes the vision for Cadboro Bay Road, designating the street as a “separated on-street” bike facility route.
The District engaged Opus International Consultants (Canada) Limited to complete the Cadboro Bay Road Bike Lane Cycle Feasibility Study, which included analysis of options for the Foul Bay to Bee Street area, and options for bike lanes from Bee Street to Bowker. Residents seeking a greater understanding of the background, assumptions, decision criteria, and other factors regarding the options for bike lanes in this corridor are highly encouraged to read the Feasibility Study.
Unfortunately, the Feasibility Study points out that the road width along Cadboro Bay Road in this area is too narrow to provide the desired all-ages and all-access criteria. Further options were developed and are recommended that provide as good a solution as possible considering the constraints of road width.
Design Options (considered during pre-approval stage)
Option 1: Curbside Cycle Lanes on Both Sides of Road, Partially Protected Cycle Lane on North Side
Option 2: Curbside Cycle Lanes on South Side of Road, Cycle Lane Outside of Curbside Parking on North Side
Options Analysis - Decision Making Factors Table (updated October 11, 2017)
Public Feedback Site Available – 18 September 2017
Letters to Residents & Business Owners Sent – 18 September 2017
Public Feedback Period – 18 September – 13 October 2017
Committee of the Whole – 16 October 2017 (Note: This meeting was open to the public. Agenda and minutes can be found here.)
On October 23, 2017, Council adoped the recommendation of the Committee of the Whole, namely "...that it be recommended to Council that the District move forward with Option 2 for the Cadboro Bay Bike Lanes and that staff come forward with further detail in this regard to a future meeting." That means that a buffered bicycle lane was selected as Council's preferred option for bicycle lanes on Cadboro Bay Road, and that staff have been directed to return to the Committee of the Whole with further information regarding alternatives within option 2, particularly related to expected project costs due to green conflict zone treatment and road asphalt rehabilitation.
On March 26, 2018, Council adopted the recommendation of the Commitee of the Whole (of March 19, 2018) that final approval of the project be referred to the Estimates Committee. The report related to this issue can be found here.
On June 13, 2018, the Province of British Columbia announced that Oak Bay would receive up to $78,160 of Bike BC grant funding to defray the costs of the Cadboro Bay Bike lanes project.
Council approved the Cadboro Bay Bike Lanes project for 2018 both in the Estimates process and at Council on June 25, 2018. A final report to Council was presented on June 25, 2018 (you can find that here, with the accompanying design drawing here). Council passed a resolution to accept staff's recommendation that the full scope design (with full green conflict treatment) be implemented.
July 26, 2018 - Construction notices issues for the project - see here.
August 9-10, 2018 - Construction begins with asphalt rehabiltation, particularly in major intersection at Foul Bay Road and Cadboro Bay Road.
August 16, 2018 - A new design drawing was produced showing an update to the design, in particular showing a dashed centre line on the eastbound lane between Foul Bay Road and Bee Street. That drawing is available here. A guiding line for the two lanes of eastbound traffic has been added across the Foul Bay Road intersection.
August 30, 2018 - Construction has been paused until after the first week of school. The majority of the project in the vicinity of the Oak Bay High School is now complete. The north side of Cadboro Bay Road east of the high school has not yet been completed; this work will continue starting September 10, 2018. District staff will be observing traffic patterns during the first few weeks of September in order to assess post-construction traffic queues and intersection levels of service against the expectations set out in the Feasibility Study. Upon completion of that data collection, District staff will conduct an analysis to determine if further adjustments (such as changes to traffic signal timings) are required to maintain safety while obtaining the best possible level of service.
October 2, 2018 - The majority of the bike lanes project is complete, with some lines and markings remaining to be painted between Eastdowne and Christie Way, once construction at the condo building complex is completed. The District intends to install reflective markers in some key areas in order to aid drivers during low visibility conditions, such as sunset or during wet weather.
December 10, 2018 - Reflective markers have been installed. District staff continue to work with the City of Victoria to coordinate the planned updates required west of Foul Bay Road (to improve alignment for east-west vehicle travel). The District is also completing an analysis of traffic signalling at Foul Bay Road/Cadboro Bay Road and Bee Street in order to reduce queues for vehicles during peak hours.
The fundamental aim of the Cadboro Bay bike lane project was to create safer routes for cyclists in this very busy area, maximizing the safety benefits of new bike lanes while minimizing any impact on the performance of the road network. The District's feasiblity study concluded that bike lanes could be created to increase safety for cyclists, but that there would be a decrease in peak hour vehicle level of service (meaning longer expected queue times). District staff have indeed observed the expected increase in queue times for vehicles during peak hours. Potential changes to traffic signals at both intersections (Foul Bay Road/Cadboro Bay Road and Bee Street/Cadboro Bay Road) are being assessed, with the aim of eventually improving traffic flow during peak hours. The District considers the Willows School to Oak Bay High School to Foul Bay Road corridor as an extremely busy region where the safety of pedestrians and cyclists is paramount. Drivers are encouraged to slow down and proceed with caution.
Project point of contact: Richard Ding, P.Eng
Last updated - December 10, 2018