Tillicum & Lampson active transportation improvement project

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active transportation improvement project

About this project

The township has proposed design improvements for both Lampson and Tillicum streets. Using feedback based on our Active Transportation Network Plan public engagement as well as previous surveys, these draft designs aim to enhance road safety for cyclists and pedestrians.

Plan highlights include protected bike lanes on Tillicum Road from Gorge to Craigflower with further connections to Lampson southbound on Tillicum and east/west on Craigflower. Lampson Street will include protected bike lanes from Esquimalt Road to Transfer Street and a short section of neighbourhood bikeways on Lampson between Craigflower and Transfer. There will also be new crossings added along both corridors and the removal of an aging/redundant traffic signal at Head Street and Old Esquimalt Road.

Project update

Project construction begins in August 2023.

More information

  • Council meeting and staff report to Esquimalt Committee of the Whole on January 16, 2023
  • Read the public engagement summary "What we heard" Report: December 2022
  • Both Lampson Street and Tillicum Road—which see 11,350 and 17,000 daily vehicles respectively—have gaps in both the cycling and pedestrian networks. The corridors provide key north-south travel routes through the township.
  • Keeping regional transportation in mind, the planned infrastructure connects to the District of Saanich’s recently added bike lanes on the north side of the Gorge Bridge on Tillicum Road. The planned improvements will connect the two communities to allow for continuous protected cycling along the major routes.
  • The township is taking a “quick build” approach to the designs: quick-build facilities allow for faster construction times while still delivering all Ages and Abilities (AAA) bike facilities. Quick-build facilities also tend to be more economical to install and allow the township to focus funds on other upgrades including roadway surface and intersection/crossing improvements.
  • Parking will be removed in two areas: Esquimalt to Old Esquimalt = ~17 spaces and Old Esquimalt to Colville = ~24 spaces

About this project

The township has proposed design improvements for both Lampson and Tillicum streets. Using feedback based on our Active Transportation Network Plan public engagement as well as previous surveys, these draft designs aim to enhance road safety for cyclists and pedestrians.

Plan highlights include protected bike lanes on Tillicum Road from Gorge to Craigflower with further connections to Lampson southbound on Tillicum and east/west on Craigflower. Lampson Street will include protected bike lanes from Esquimalt Road to Transfer Street and a short section of neighbourhood bikeways on Lampson between Craigflower and Transfer. There will also be new crossings added along both corridors and the removal of an aging/redundant traffic signal at Head Street and Old Esquimalt Road.

Project update

Project construction begins in August 2023.

More information

  • Council meeting and staff report to Esquimalt Committee of the Whole on January 16, 2023
  • Read the public engagement summary "What we heard" Report: December 2022
  • Both Lampson Street and Tillicum Road—which see 11,350 and 17,000 daily vehicles respectively—have gaps in both the cycling and pedestrian networks. The corridors provide key north-south travel routes through the township.
  • Keeping regional transportation in mind, the planned infrastructure connects to the District of Saanich’s recently added bike lanes on the north side of the Gorge Bridge on Tillicum Road. The planned improvements will connect the two communities to allow for continuous protected cycling along the major routes.
  • The township is taking a “quick build” approach to the designs: quick-build facilities allow for faster construction times while still delivering all Ages and Abilities (AAA) bike facilities. Quick-build facilities also tend to be more economical to install and allow the township to focus funds on other upgrades including roadway surface and intersection/crossing improvements.
  • Parking will be removed in two areas: Esquimalt to Old Esquimalt = ~17 spaces and Old Esquimalt to Colville = ~24 spaces

FAQs

We've answered some common questions we've been hearing since the start of the engagement. 

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  • Share How will bikes navigate the Tillicum / Craigflower intersection? on Facebook Share How will bikes navigate the Tillicum / Craigflower intersection? on Twitter Share How will bikes navigate the Tillicum / Craigflower intersection? on Linkedin Email How will bikes navigate the Tillicum / Craigflower intersection? link

    How will bikes navigate the Tillicum / Craigflower intersection?

    over 1 year ago

    Bikes lanes will ultimately be on each approach and exit of the intersection and allow movements with bikes following the vehicles signals. Bikes wanting to transition to a perpendicular corridor will be able to do so by completely a two-stage movement. They will wait for their green light to proceed through the intersection and then slightly go to the right and turn 90 degrees to the left while in a turn box in front of the perpendicular bike lane. The bike will then proceed on the next green light they are now facing.

  • Share If these lanes are built, how will you decide if they are successful or not? Could they be adjusted in the future? on Facebook Share If these lanes are built, how will you decide if they are successful or not? Could they be adjusted in the future? on Twitter Share If these lanes are built, how will you decide if they are successful or not? Could they be adjusted in the future? on Linkedin Email If these lanes are built, how will you decide if they are successful or not? Could they be adjusted in the future? link

    If these lanes are built, how will you decide if they are successful or not? Could they be adjusted in the future?

    over 1 year ago

    We would continue to collect traffic data and crossing counts along the corridors. Staff will review this data along with feedback from the public. Based on our observations, we will make adjustments where required to improve safety along the corridors. The number of users is usually a good measure of success. We are mindful that a complete network is required to establish a significant increase in ridership/walking, as it allows people to get to destinations safely and efficiently.

  • Share What are the expected traffic impacts? on Facebook Share What are the expected traffic impacts? on Twitter Share What are the expected traffic impacts? on Linkedin Email What are the expected traffic impacts? link

    What are the expected traffic impacts?

    over 1 year ago

    Esquimalt and other local municipalities have existing corridors with similar lane configurations and similar volumes that are operating safely (Craigflower Rd., Esquimalt Rd, Tillicum Rd (Saanich), etc). Similar traffic impacts are expected during peak hours but traffic signal timing will be reviewed and revised as required to minimize delays.

  • Share As Selkirk Ave (to Banfield Park and onward to downtown) is already such an established route, how is access to Selkirk Ave being addressed? (Particularly when heading south on Tillicum, coming from the Gorge Bridge?) on Facebook Share As Selkirk Ave (to Banfield Park and onward to downtown) is already such an established route, how is access to Selkirk Ave being addressed? (Particularly when heading south on Tillicum, coming from the Gorge Bridge?) on Twitter Share As Selkirk Ave (to Banfield Park and onward to downtown) is already such an established route, how is access to Selkirk Ave being addressed? (Particularly when heading south on Tillicum, coming from the Gorge Bridge?) on Linkedin Email As Selkirk Ave (to Banfield Park and onward to downtown) is already such an established route, how is access to Selkirk Ave being addressed? (Particularly when heading south on Tillicum, coming from the Gorge Bridge?) link

    As Selkirk Ave (to Banfield Park and onward to downtown) is already such an established route, how is access to Selkirk Ave being addressed? (Particularly when heading south on Tillicum, coming from the Gorge Bridge?)

    over 1 year ago

    We are proposing a multi-use crossing at Tillicum and Selkirk to ensure we connect to this established corridor. Cyclist travelling south on Tillicum will approach Selkirk and enter a bike left turn lane, press a push button that will activate flashing beacons. Once vehicles have stopped, the bike can proceed east across Tillicum  

  • Share What is happening to parking in these areas? on Facebook Share What is happening to parking in these areas? on Twitter Share What is happening to parking in these areas? on Linkedin Email What is happening to parking in these areas? link

    What is happening to parking in these areas?

    over 1 year ago

    Due to the limited width of the existing roadway parking cannot be maintained while supporting the safe lane width required to maintain two-way vehicle traffic on Lampson St. The proposed bike lane buffer is “quick-built” which primarily uses the existing roadway to limit overall costs as curb realignment is expensive.

  • Share Will the the lights at all intersections either have cyclist activated buttons, or road sensors that are sensitive enough to detect bikes? on Facebook Share Will the the lights at all intersections either have cyclist activated buttons, or road sensors that are sensitive enough to detect bikes? on Twitter Share Will the the lights at all intersections either have cyclist activated buttons, or road sensors that are sensitive enough to detect bikes? on Linkedin Email Will the the lights at all intersections either have cyclist activated buttons, or road sensors that are sensitive enough to detect bikes? link

    Will the the lights at all intersections either have cyclist activated buttons, or road sensors that are sensitive enough to detect bikes?

    over 1 year ago

    All new signalized crossings will have pedestrian and bike push buttons. Detection loops will be added for bikes at existing intersections (unless the intersection is pre-timed/requires no actuation).

  • Share Why not build a bike/pedestrian bridge at Tillicum to avoid Gorge Bridge congestion? on Facebook Share Why not build a bike/pedestrian bridge at Tillicum to avoid Gorge Bridge congestion? on Twitter Share Why not build a bike/pedestrian bridge at Tillicum to avoid Gorge Bridge congestion? on Linkedin Email Why not build a bike/pedestrian bridge at Tillicum to avoid Gorge Bridge congestion? link

    Why not build a bike/pedestrian bridge at Tillicum to avoid Gorge Bridge congestion?

    over 1 year ago

    Bike/pedestrian bridges require a significant investment and space/property to be feasible and can still pose accessibility concerns if steep approach ramps are used. As this is a quick-build project, this type of infrastructure was not considered.

  • Share Will cyclists be encouraged to head north on Lampson to make a left turn at Craigflower, rather than riding with the vehicles on Transfer? on Facebook Share Will cyclists be encouraged to head north on Lampson to make a left turn at Craigflower, rather than riding with the vehicles on Transfer? on Twitter Share Will cyclists be encouraged to head north on Lampson to make a left turn at Craigflower, rather than riding with the vehicles on Transfer? on Linkedin Email Will cyclists be encouraged to head north on Lampson to make a left turn at Craigflower, rather than riding with the vehicles on Transfer? link

    Will cyclists be encouraged to head north on Lampson to make a left turn at Craigflower, rather than riding with the vehicles on Transfer?

    over 1 year ago

    When proceeding north, the AAA route will continue up Lampson and connect to Craigflower Rd.. A gap in the median will be provided for confident cyclists that wish to leave the bike lane and when safe, enter the vehicle travel lane and continue onto Transfer St

  • Share Why have you chosen this route? Lampson seems too hilly for an AAA bikeway. on Facebook Share Why have you chosen this route? Lampson seems too hilly for an AAA bikeway. on Twitter Share Why have you chosen this route? Lampson seems too hilly for an AAA bikeway. on Linkedin Email Why have you chosen this route? Lampson seems too hilly for an AAA bikeway. link

    Why have you chosen this route? Lampson seems too hilly for an AAA bikeway.

    over 1 year ago

    Despite the topography, Lampson is a direct north-south route that connects many destinations including schools and business centres. Lampson and Tillicum were identified by the public as their highest priority as a part of our previous Active Transportation Network Plan (ATNP) consultation.

  • Share Why would you add a crosswalk on a busy road like Tillicum. Why can't cyclists use the existing crosswalks? on Facebook Share Why would you add a crosswalk on a busy road like Tillicum. Why can't cyclists use the existing crosswalks? on Twitter Share Why would you add a crosswalk on a busy road like Tillicum. Why can't cyclists use the existing crosswalks? on Linkedin Email Why would you add a crosswalk on a busy road like Tillicum. Why can't cyclists use the existing crosswalks? link

    Why would you add a crosswalk on a busy road like Tillicum. Why can't cyclists use the existing crosswalks?

    over 1 year ago

    Currently there are no marked crossings between Craigflower and Gorge Rd (except under the bridge). This gap in accessible and safe crossing creates a significant barrier for people trying to connect to destinations on either side of Tillicum Rd. A new crossing on Tillicum Rd. was identified by the public as the highest priority intersection improvement our previous Active Transportation Network Plan (ATNP) consultation.

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