Pairing Cycling Objectives with Real World Design Restraints
Opus utilized its bike planning and design knowledge to implement bike lanes along the Cadboro Bay Road
The Capital Regional District's Bicycle Master Plan identified Cadboro Bay Road in the District of Oak Bay as a location for future separated cycling facilities. The Cadboro Bay bike lanes would connect into the City of Victoria's Fort Street bike lanes into downtown Victoria. Opus completed a feasibility study, analyzing the effects of implementing separated cycling facilities on Cadboro Bay Road with a particular focus on the operations of the Cadboro Bay Road/Fort Street/Foul Bay Road intersection. This involved the following tasks:
- Collecting multi-modal transportation data
- Completing a cycle audit of the study area
- Preparing multiple conceptual designs which meet NACTO guidelines
- Modelling multiple signalized intersections using Synchro software with pedestrian crossings, protected cycling facilities, motor vehicle traffic and bus stops
- Identifying a preferred conceptual design which aligns with the municipality's OCP and regional goals.
Opus was then retained to complete the detailed design of this corridor which was fast-tracked to ensure the design could be constructed by the Oak Bay by the end of 2015. Opus worked with Oak Bay to minimize reductions to on-street parking while maximizing safety throughout the corridor and was able to provide sections of protected bike lanes and protected intersection elements to improve road safety. Opus' design provided low-cost improvements that could be constructed immediately to improve safety and operations. Longer-term improvements were also identified for future implementation. This project involved close communication with representatives from the District of Oak Bay and the City of Victoria.