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NDP MLAs Dean and Lore say safer roads on the way for Greater Victoria

May 14, 2024 at 4:35 pm  Politics, Provincial

SONGHEES NATION – New Democrat MLAs Mitzi Dean and Grace Lore say people in Greater Victoria will benefit from safer roads thanks to another year of Vision Zero grants, that will help prevent serious injuries and deaths.

“Both drivers and pedestrians in the Songhees Nation and surrounding communities will be safer as a result of projects like these adding lighting on Lekwammen Drive,” said Mitzi Dean, MLA for Esquimalt-Metchosin. “This work is ongoing to make our roads, and communities, safer and easier to navigate for all.”

In Greater Victoria, the Songhees Nation is receiving $20,000 for lighting Lekwammen Drive, and Capital Bike is receiving $3,500 for Ride the Road: navigating road safety in Capital Region middle schools.

“Programs like this one from Capital Bike help youth get comfortable cycling and learning to cycle safely from the get-go,” said Grace Lore, MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill. “Investments in programs and projects like these will make our streets and neighbourhoods safer for everyone in the community.”

For the third year in a row, Vision Zero grants have been awarded to communities around British Columbia to improve road safety. A total of $866,657 has gone to 53 projects in 56 communities, including 22 projects in First Nations communities.

Projects include improved crosswalk infrastructure, traffic calming, speed limit reduction pilots, speed reader boards, improved lighting, road safety planning, and more.

Vision Zero is an international best practice in road safety. By adopting Vision Zero, the New Democrat government is working toward making roads in British Columbia safer for pedestrians, active transportation users and drivers. Making roads safer for all users also helps us tackle climate change, by encouraging lower carbon forms of transport, like walking, cycling, e-scooters, and e-bikes.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/30878

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