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Langford & SD62 collaborate with MOTI & ICBC on active transportation

Eight projects are expected to be completed in 2024 and 2025.

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Langford Mayor & Council celebrate several active transportation projects, April 16, 2024. [City of Langford]

Tuesday April 16, 2024 | LANGFORD, BC [Updated with more photos – April 17, 2024[

by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends

On this bright sunny Tuesday in Langford, the City of Langford celebrated their collaborative efforts for bringing more active transportation opportunities to the west shore.

The city has partnered with Sooke School District 62 (SD62) which has many schools within Langford, Colwood and Sooke.

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Ruth King Elementary School is located in central Langford. [Oct 31/23 / Mary P Brooke / Island Social Trends]

Eight significant infrastructure upgrade projects were announced outdoors today behind Ruth King Elementary in central Langford.

The projects include six sidewalk infill projects, one multi-use path, and intersection upgrades at Veterans Memorial Parkway and Goldstream Avenue.

According to the City, these projects are focused on providing safer routes to schools and improved connectivity throughout the City, with funding from the City’s General Amenity Fund, SD62, and an Active Transportation Grant from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI).

Some projects are shovel-ready and nearing construction, while others are currently in the design phase.

All projects are expected to be completed in 2024 and 2025.

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Active transportation improvements at Veterans Memorial Parkway & Goldstream Avenue in Langford, BC. [Google map]
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Langford Mayor Scott Goodmanson at the AVICC convention April 14, 2024. [Mary P Brooke / Island Social Trends]

Mayor is on board:

“The City is pleased to be partnering with School District 62, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and ICBC to improve connectivity throughout the City and provide safer routes to school,” said Langford Mayor Scott Goodmanson.

“There are areas throughout the City where key sidewalk connections are either non-existent or incomplete, which discourages students of all ages and abilities from using alternative modes of transportation to get to and from school,” said Goodmanson.

“Council is committed to providing safe, active transportation infrastructure for all residents, especially for vulnerable users,” Goodmanson said today.

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Projects were identified by the City:

The six sidewalk infill projects and the multi-use path project were identified by the City as areas in need of sidewalks or pathways where development and frontage improvements are not likely to occur in the near future.

“Many of these projects are designed to help provide safer and more accessible routes to surrounding schools. Improving and expanding active transportation infrastructure and creating awareness and opportunities for transportation mode shift are two priorities included in the City’s first Strategic Plan. The projects announced today support these objectives,” according to the City.

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Langford Mayor Scott Goodmanson & Council celebrate several active transportation projects, April 16, 2024. Councillors with Goodmanson at the podium (from left): Keith Yacucha, Kimberley Guiry, Mary Wagner, Lillian Szpak, Colby Harder. [City of Langford]

SD62 pleased with progress:

“With the unveiling of enhanced infrastructure around schools and neighbouring communities, the City of Langford reinforces its commitment to safe and accessible active travel routes for both students and residents,” stated SD62 board chair Amanda Dowhy.

“The collaborative partnership between the School District and the City of Langford highlights the power of collective action in creating environments where safety and well-being flourish,” said Dowhy today.

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SD62 Board Chair Amanda Dowhy at Port Renfrew Elementary announcement, March 12, 2024. [Mary P Brooke / Island Social Trends]

Funding for these projects is provided through the City’s General Amenity Fund, with $3.195 million budgeted in 2024 and an additional $2.65 million budgeted in 2025. Council is committed to using general amenity funds with the lens of equity to build a more accessible and connected community for all. Whether walking your dog, riding a bike to school or work, going for a run, or meeting a friend or neighbour for a walk, investing in Langford’s long-term infrastructure, make these activities safer and more enjoyable.

Paved pathway at Ruth King Elementary:

In addition to City’s funds, SD62 contributed $250,000 for paved pathway connectivity along Ruth King Elementary School’s street frontage on Matson Road. The City and SD62 are working collaboratively to coordinate the timing of the new modular classroom construction underway at Ruth King with the addition of the new pathway.

ICBC has also provided funding through their Road Improvement Program to make school zones more visible and consistent throughout Langford.

“We’re proud to partner with the City of Langford on road improvements that make the community safer for all road users,” said Shabnem Afzal, ICBC’s director of road safety. “Road design is critical to reducing crashes and protecting vulnerable road users, and that’s why we’ll continue to invest in B.C. roads as part of our commitment to road safety.”

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MOTI grants:

Recently the City was awarded a $766,000 grant from the BC Active Transportation Infrastructure Grants Program (through the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure) for two important transportation infrastructure projects.

  • Bellamy Road Multi-Use Pathway, an extension of the Phelps connector trail connecting Thetis Lake Regional Park to Bellamy link;
  • Veterans Memorial Parkway intersection improvements at Goldstream Avenue.

Funding from these grant programs support the development of active transportation infrastructure for all ages and abilities.

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Treanor Avenue, from City Gate to 749 Treanor Avenue

  • Sidewalk infill connecting the City Gate community to Lakewood Elementary School
  • Addition of streetlights and drainage improvements
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Time capsule day at Lakewood Elementary School in Langford on February 3, 2020 [West Shore Voice News]

594 to 540 Atkins Road

  • Sidewalk infill in close proximity to Savory Elementary School

Matson Road, from Brock Avenue to Ruth King Elementary School

  • $250,000 contribution from SD62
  • Addition of more formalized parallel parking along Matson Road
  • Coincides with Ruth King Elementary School modular building construction
  • Path and sidewalk infill along Matson Road on Ruth King Elementary School property

Hoylake Avenue

  • Sidewalk Infill connecting to Millstream Elementary School
  • Additional formalized parking scallops
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French Immersion classroom at Millstream Elementary in Langford. [school website]

Happy Valley Road, from Englewood Avenue to 3422 Happy Valley Road

  • Sidewalk infill to support safe access to Happy Valley School and the Galloping Goose Trail
  • Crosswalk addition on Hazelwood Road
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Happy Valley Elementary School in Langford, BC [file photo: March 2023]

Glen Lake Road, from Alouette Avenue to Sooke Road

  • Sidewalk infill connecting to existing sidewalk at Belmont Secondary School
  • Bike lane improvements throughout
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Belmont Secondary School in Langford (May 2023 file photo). [Island Social Trends]

Bellamy Road, from Treanor Avenue to Bellamy Link

  • Multi-use path in close proximity to Millstream Elementary School

Veterans Memorial Parkway at Goldstream Avenue Intersection

  • Increased pedestrian and cyclist refuge areas
  • Elephant foot crossings for active transportation and micro-mobility riding
  • Review of signalization timing

ICBC’s Contributions for School Zone Consistency

  • Red school zone boxes
  • Vertical schools zone tabs

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