Langford seeks more bike lanes

Dunford Avenue and Bellamy Road identified as priorities

The City of Langford has elected Dunford Avenue and Bellamy Road as the most suitable candidates for a grant application to add bike lanes.

At last week’s meeting, council approved an application for a Bike B.C. grant to add bike lanes on both sides of Bellamy Road between Phelps and Hansen avenues, as well as Dunford Avenue between Leigh and Jacklin roads.

The decision to seek the grant was approved based on input from residents that identified those choices as the highest priority for more bike lanes, said Michelle Mahovlich, Langford’s director of engineering.

A staff report estimates the cost of the 425 metre bike lanes for Bellamy Road at just under $210,000. The work on Dunford Avenue was pegged at roughly $406,000, and includes the installation of drainage and repairs to asphalt along the roughly 800 metre section. The work would involve modifying perpendicular parking that would eliminate eight of the current spots. That could be addressed by a large area fronting the ICBC property where parking is currently under utilized, according to the report.

If approved by Bike B.C., the grant would cover roughly half of the cost of the work from $6 million in funding made available to communities.

Mahovlich said she hopes the grant is approved in time to get the work completed during the good weather in the summer.

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