Opus took control of the handle bars recently to help the British Columbia city of Victoria encourage cycling as a preferred mode of transport in the District of Oak Bay.

Aiming to increase the cycling network, the project looked at the best way to connect Cadboro Bay bike lanes into the City of Victoria’s Fort Street bike lanes and downtown Victoria.

The two major concerns were residential parking and network operations. Opus worked with Oak Bay to minimize reductions to on-street parking while maximizing safety through ongoing and close communication with representatives from the District of Oak Bay and the City of Victoria.

Completing a feasibility study, Opus analyzed the effects of separated cycling facilities, provided all level of on-site data collection, modelling, scenario development, preliminary and detailed design, and project management.

The design itself was the first in Oak Bay to incorporate National Association of Transportation Officials (NACTO) design criteria and buffered separation of cycling, parking, and traffic lanes.

Our detailed design was fast-tracked for funding and implementation for late 2016.

“We chose Opus because they had previously delivered good work for us and we liked their approach to this job. Their technical and project management delivery were very good and the project went very well.” ~ Richard Ding, District of Oak Bay