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  1. Also there appears to be a missing speed limit sign on McKenzie Ave near Rainbow St. In the eastbound direction, the speed limit reduces from 60 km/h to 50 km/h. However in the westbound direction, there is no “60 km/h” speed limit sign even though the speed limit technically increases to 60 km/h.

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    • P.S. On the Pat Bay Highway between Vernon Ave and Haliburton Rd, the highway is divided by a grass median. However, there is no 80 km/h speed limit signage in the median which seems odd as typically it is supposed to installed in the median if space is sufficient. I hope this can be reviewed and hopefully have speed limit signage installed in the median to raise more awareness to the 80 km/h speed zone.

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  2. On Blanshard St heading southbound, between the intersections of Ravine Way and Saanich Road, there is a pedestrian-activated traffic signal. Crossing here, I routinely notice vehicles in the right turn lane for the Uptown parking lot access running the red light. I suppose some people think that because they are in the right turn lane, they can proceed through the red light when pedestrians have finished crossing as “they are turning right”. However the stop line is well in advance of the parking lot access, so vehicles wouldn’t be allowed to proceed. I hope some signage could be installed such as “only proceed on green” can be installed to ensure right-turning vehicles don’t proceed on the red signal.

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  3. Also I hope to get some clarification on the Highway 1 – Leigh Rd to Westshore Pkwy 4-Laning/median barrier project. In the press release issued today (July 29) regarding the project, it says “Paving will take place from early August to September”. Does this mean 4-lanes will be opened in the Fall or Winter 2020? Or will all 4-lanes not open till Spring/Summer 2021? Thank you.

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    • Hello Colton – thanks for this message. The news release states that the project is ahead of schedule and is slated to be complete before summer 2021. Hope that this helps!

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  4. I would like to see the historical markers on the Coquihalla between Hope & Merritt restored,for example Shylock,Lear etc. They remind us of the great history of this area. Thank You

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  5. DEAR MINISTER:

    I live on Cortes Island, am collecting
    Old-Age Pension and am lightly physically-
    challenged.

    I have been stashing money away in
    my savings account for over three years,
    and will soon have enough money to buy
    an electric-assist tricycle.

    I just learned, to my dismay, that I will be required to pay PST on my purchase — an annoyingly-steep extra charge on my $5,000 + investment.

    Pedal-powered bicycles are exempt from the tax; transit riders do not pay the levy; buyers of new electric cars are exempt or/and can apply for a substantial rebate.

    Why don’t purchasers of e-bikes enjoy
    this exemption, and WHEN are you planning to change legislation or regulations to accommodate this common-sense change?

    Thank you for your attention.

    Arnold Martin,
    Whaletown (Cortes Island )
    B.C.

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    • Hello Arnold,

      Thanks for your message.
      As part of CleanBC, we’ve introduced Move.Commute.Connect. – B.C.’s first-ever Active Transportation Strategy – which aims to make walking, cycling, scootering, skateboarding and all other modes of active transportation more safe, convenient, and accessible for all users.

      Electric bikes (E-bikes) have become increasingly popular and the BC Scrap-it program includes an incentive that offers an $850 credit towards electric assisted bicycles, purchased from participating retailers. Further details are available at: http://www.scrapit.ca

      Keep in mind that the BC Scrap-it program provides incentives for people who voluntarily retire automobiles early in favour of more environmentally friendly choices, like E-bikes.
      There may be opportunities to build upon the success of rebate programs like BC Scrap-It, and we are committed to looking at these. We hope that this information is helpful.
      FYI – We’ve pulled this information from a recent information bulletin released by the ministry on E-bikes; however, if you would like to reach the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure directly on this matter, please send your message to her at: Minister.Transportation@gov.bc.ca

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  6. Who do we contact about having “refrain from using engine brakes ” signage put NB on hwy 99 at the Delta side of the Deas Tunnel. The truckers are using their jake brakes 24 hours a day now going through that area.

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    • Hello Kirsten,

      Thanks for your message. Please connect with staff in our nearest area office here:

      Suite 310 – 1500 Woolridge St.
      Coquitlam, BC V3K 0B8
      604 527-2221

      Hours of operation:
      8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday

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  7. Major oversight at this new route. 3rd time coming from the ferry terminal heading to Vancouver via the tunnel. The only signage I can see is the big ones AT the interchange, making it too late to make a safe change to that route. This time I was ready for it, sort of, and had to advance across the painted median to get onto that route. Better, and advanced signage please! If you are going to say that it exists already then it simply isn’t noticeable.

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    • Hi Paul – thanks for your comment. Just to clarify – are you referring to the new section of Highway 17 (South Fraser Perimeter Road) on the Lower Mainland?

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  8. Hello,

    The cycling ‘sharrow’ markings on Northwest Marine Drive at UBC are all faded significantly and are in need of repainting.

    Thank-you,

    Clarence

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    • Hello Clarence – thanks for reaching out to us here. We have sent your comment to our staff and will let you know what we hear back.

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  9. Hi,
    I’m not sure if this is the appropriate place to voice this, but I (and most of the 20,000 residents of Squamish) have major concerns about the dangerous intersection at Highway 99 and Alice Lake Road/Squamish Valley Road. This is an extremely busy intersection as it provides access for everyone visiting Alice Lake Provincial Park (a huge amount of recreational sport users, Park day users, as well as campers) or accessing the popular Squamish and Paradise Valleys. Mountain bikers and pedestrians frequently attempt to cross the highway at this intersection, and cars are frequently lined up, battling to turn left out of Alice Lake Park through the constant flow of high-speed traffic travelling to and from Whistler. Currently there is only a flashing yellow light here, which is ignored by many drivers and does not help with crossing or turning. People take chances here as they try to dart into a space that’s too small, misjudge the speed of the approaching cars, become confused by the many people and vehicles working at cross-purposes in the intersection, and feel pressured by long lines behind them. We need a proper traffic/pedestrian activated light here as soon as possible, before a fatality occurs. Thank you for your help with this.

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    • Hello Shannon – thanks for your message. We shared your concern with our local area manager who confirmed that they are aware that traffic into and out of Alice Lake Provincial Park is problematic. A traffic signal would not work at this location, given the highway speeds and grade of the highway at that location; however, our engineers are currently reviewing to determine what measures can be taken. We thank you for taking the time to connect with us here to share your concern.

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  10. The merge from Burnside Rd West onto the Old Island Highway (Colwood exit) lanes seems outdated. The merge is a “taper-style” with yield signs in place. Sightlines of approaching traffic are not adequate, especially with the relatively high-speed traffic coming from the highway. A handy dart facility is slated to be constructed nearby at Burnside Rd W and Watkiss Way which will mean a significant number of buses will have to use this merge which is already an issue. A relatively easy way to improve this merge would be to remove the second WB lane for the Colwood exit such that traffic merging from Burnside Rd W would get its own lane. The View Royal Transportation Master Plan recommended this solution in 2008 but for unknown reasons it has not addressed yet. I hope this solution can be considered to improve traffic operations in the area. Thank you.

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    • Hello Colton,

      Thanks for this message. We have sent it to our local area staff for their consideration. Thank you!

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    • Hello again Colton,

      We heard back from our staff advising that the ministry is currently undertaking a study looking at the section of Hwy 1 between the Helmcken and Colwood interchanges. The study area includes the off-ramps into View Royal and Colwood. Much of this study will transit focused, but we are looking at traffic patterns as well. The results of the study will help the Ministry in planning for any potential changes to our infrastructure.

      The Province recently announced the construction of a new HandyDART facility along Burnside Road West. This facility is much needed for the expansion of the Victoria Regional Transit System as existing facilities have reached their capacities. Expanding the transit service is a crucial step to addressing congestion in the region by encouraging more people to use sustainable travel choices, rather than relying on single occupancy vehicles. As part of this initiative, BC Transit, along with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure are considering improvements to Burnside Road West to serve the operation of the facility on the other users of the network. BC Transit has committed to extensive consultation through the lifecycle of the project.

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  11. Several times this week the left-turn lane on Westshore Pkwy to turn left onto Highway 1 NB has backed up significantly, past the Amy Rd roundabout sometimes to as far as Langford Lake Road which is nearly 2 km away. A lot more traffic in recent months has been using Westshore Pkwy to bypass the Highway when traffic is stopped for blasting activities. I assume this is as a result of the acceleration lane removal at the Leigh Rd on-ramp which is the “typical” bypass route. The City of Langford has tried to alleviate these issues by placing a Digital Message Sign instructing vehicles to not block the roundabout along with installing “No Parking” signs for the left-turn lane to ensure the lane doesn’t get clogged up. However, the issue still persists. I hope the signal timing can be reviewed to ensure enough time is allocated for this left-turn movement along with other mitigating measures to try to alleviate this issue to the best possible extent. Thank you.

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    • Good afternoon Colton – thanks for your message. Any addition of time to a particular signal, also impacts the time given for other signals (in this case, the NB and SB traffic movement on BC Highway 1). Our staff continue to monitor traffic volumes and flows in the area and will make any adjustments as required.

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