Challenges for pedestrians on Foul Bay Road

On Thursday, November 25, the Community Association of Oak Bay
will host Oak Bay’ s second annual Active Transportation Forum. The three-hour forum,
titled “ Connecting regionally, connecting locally” , will be open to the public. Councillor Pam
Copley will provide opening and closing remarks.

The Forum will explore two projects with special interest for Oak Bay citizens.
Redeveloping Oak Bay High School with a budget of $54 million provides great
opportunities for civic space, public walkways, and cycle paths. With a presentation from
Mr. Rod Windjack of CEI Architecture, the forum looks at upgrading local corridors such as
Elgin Street, Hampshire Street, and Bowker Creek walkways. Such improvements will allow
citizens of all ages to connect safely to the new Neighbourhood Learning Centre, the new
Performing Arts Theatre, and to the Oak Bay Recreation Centre.

By the end of December, 2010, the Capital Regional District will release its draft Pedestrian
and Cycling Regional Master Plan which covers all 13 municipalities. After approval by
the CRD Board, this master plan launches five years (2011 – 2016) of multi-million dollar
investments in active transportation. With presentations from CRD representatives, and
citizen advisors, the Forum looks at the Oak Bay streets identified as regional priorities, and
will hear citizen’s comments on pedestrian and cycling routes, sidewalks and roadways.

The forum will examine how the municipalities of Langford, View Royal and Central Saanich
changed their transportation policies, spending, priorities, and creatively built new sidewalks,
bike lanes and improved roadways.

This public event will be held on Thursday, November 25, 2010, starting at 6:30 pm for
an open house, with a discussion panel 7-9 pm, and focus groups on specific topics at 9
pm, at the Windsor Park Pavilion, Sports Rooms 1 and 2.

Please RSVP to Michelle Hilts mhilts@shaw.ca to reserve a seat. (Space is limited)