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‘It’s ridiculous’: Ex-Victoria councillor slams bike lane after husband hit

Stephen Andrew thinks there needs to be design changes
Ex-Victoria councillor Stephen Andrew says his husband was injured at Government Street and Pembroke in Victoria. (Screenshot Google Streetview)

Former-Victoria councillor Stephen Andrew is partially blaming the design of a city bike lane for his husband being injured while riding a bike on Tuesday (Jan. 9) morning.

And it’s a bike lane design that he says he warned city staff about while he was on council.

Andrew posted a message on X (formerly Twitter) Tuesday saying his husband Danny had been hit by the driver of a car at Government Street and Pembroke Street.

“I’ve feared this for months,” Andrew posted, adding that his husband suffered bruising from the crash, which led to the police and paramedics being called out.

Andrew posted that his husband was riding his bike south on Government when a driver heading in the same direction turned right onto Pembroke, hitting the cyclist.

“Clearly the driver didn’t shoulder check or yield,” posted Andrew, who said that these incidents will happen again due to the design of the bike lane.

“When the city built this bike lane I was on council and I warned the @CityOfVictoria traffic department several times,” he said. “There was an issue with design – specifically sight lines. Danny previously experienced close calls. Clearly, the city traffic engineers ignored my concern. The cars parked along the bike lane block vision. It’s why (it’s) … so important for drivers to be extra careful.

“But design plays a major role here. To prevent further issues, I recommended the city place a mirror on the corner, or some device to warn motorists and have a better view when a bike is coming. I was ignored, paid lip service and the city went on about its business.”

Andrew says this is not an anti-bike lane position.

“It’s trying to get the city to wake up and acknowledge it has some serious design flaws in some bike lanes,” he says. “There is an inconsistency across the city.

Some issues, he says, are “motorists no turns on red lights,” others are “motorists yield on red lights,” and some lights are “motorists turn before cyclists proceed” while most are “cyclists proceed before motorists turn.”

“It’s ridiculous,” he said, adding the city is now on notice to fix the bike lane.

“Let’s pray egos are swallowed and the design is fixed before a tragedy occurs.”

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Chris Campbell

About the Author: Chris Campbell

I joined the Victoria News hub as an editor in 2023, bringing with me over 30 years of experience from community newspapers in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley
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