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Update on Victoria’s Cycling Network

Here is the link to a short video about Victoria’s All Ages and Abilities (AAA) cycling network, with comments by both pedestrians and cyclists.

The Wharf & Humboldt Street projects are wrapping up construction in August 2019. Bike lanes are currently open from Pandora to Fort Street and the pedestrian scramble adjacent to the Tourist Information Centre is open for use. On August 8th bike lanes will open to Government Street and on August 15th the project will open fully to Douglas Street. In addition to on-street safety ambassadors, the City is sharing videos, print materials, and information on social media to help spread the word about new features and traffic patterns. If you are driving, walking or cycling – be prepared for changes and use caution as everyone navigates the new layout. Learn more at

In September 2019 the City will be working with the Greater Victoria Place-Making Network to paint a street mural in the new Humboldt plaza. If you would like to get involved in this community building project, email with subject line:street mural. The final paint markings and crosswalk will be installed on Humboldt Street between Douglas and Vancouver after the Underground Infrastructure upgrades are complete this fall.

For those who were involved in recent design consultation activities, the upcoming Committee of the Whole meeting on August 8, 2019 includes recommended designs and next steps for Vancouver Street, Harbour Road and the Quadra Hillside connector. Some of these recommendations might be of particular interest to North Park residents and business owners. You can view the agenda and materials at

Visit for the latest news on the cycling network. Stay tuned for upcoming information on early consultation and design development for AAA routes on Haultain, Richardson, Kimta / E&N, Kings Road Connector, and the Government Street North projects starting in October 2019.

Fresh Food Markets Hosted by Churches & Living Edge

“A few years ago LIVING EDGE recognized the growing need among working families, single parents, the elderly, students and others for free, fresh groceries in the suburbs of Victoria. Together with various churches in the city, a partnership was developed where LIVING EDGE supply the food, expertise and training, while churches support with volunteers, location and other logistical requirements. It’s been an amazing partnership with churches across the city as many people benefit from free, fresh produce weekly in an increasingly more difficult economy.”

Central Baptist Church is hosting one of these markets at  833 Pandora Ave. (at Quadra St.), right at the edge of the North Park neighbourhood. This market is on Mondays 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

And within North Park, First Baptist Church is the host for another market at 877 North Park St. on Wednesdays 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

When you come to the market, please bring your own bags.

Vancouver Street 2019 – Traffic & Transportation

Vancouver Street (Bay Street to Park Boulevard) has been prioritized for road improvements to make walking and cycling safer, more comfortable and convenient.

Find out more about this traffic calming and transportation improvement project:



Lunch Time Lectures in Council Chambers at City Hall

Hosted by Mayor Lisa Helps and City Manager Jocelyn Jenkyns, this lunch time lecture series explores city-making in the 21st century. What does Victoria look like in 30 to 40 years? How do we get there? Lunch Time Lectures at City Hall will provide doses of inspiration from near and far and will examine how, together, city hall, residents and businesses can seize the opportunities and challenges of being a leading-edge city in the 21st century.

More information about the Cities in the 21st Century lecture series is at:



Victoria’s History Comes Alive

 New Online Archives Search

The stories that form the collective history of BC’s Capital City are now more accessible through a new City of Victoria Archives Online Search, a searchable database containing over 10,000 digitized archival photos and records.

For the past 50 years, the City of Victoria Archives has been the caretaker of these unique records, carefully stewarding the stories of Victoria’s past. Now through the Archives Online Search these stories are even easier to find and access.

The Archives Online Search uses AtoM, an open source, standards-based application. AtoM is an acronym for Access to Memory. AtoM is used by many other Canadian archives and international institutions, including BC Archives, The World Bank, NATO and UNESCO.

The City of Victoria Archives continues the legacy left by Ainslie Helmcken, who became the City’s first archivist in 1967. The Archives continues this stewardship of the City’s historical records and enabling open access to this material.

Sign up for Vic Alert

We’re all aware of the kinds of emergencies that can come our way in Victoria and elsewhere in British Columbia.

Vic-Alert is the City of Victoria’s free emergency notification service that informs you by text, phone and email of major emergencies or disasters that may impact you in Victoria. For more information on Vic-Alert, visit: 

On the same page there also are links to useful information about what to do in an emergency.

British Columbia’s new Wireless Public Alerting system called “Alert Ready” does not replace the need for Vic-Alert. It is estimated that only 30% of smart phones are currently compatible with the provincial alerts, which communicate general tsunami alert information – not specific to Victoria.

Local governments are responsible for alerting citizens of emergencies that may impact them. Vic-Alert can deliver neighbourhood-specific information on emergencies such as gas leaks, boil water advisories, evacuation, etc.

Don’t be unprepared — get as much information as you can!

North Park Village beautification- Phase 2

You’ve probably already seen the great orange and teal mural at the northeast corner of Cook and North Park Streets. It was created for the North Park Village by a group of artists under the leadership of Luke Ramsey, Victoria’s artist-in-residence.

Now we are excited by the news that grant funding has been approved for the next phase of this beautification project, which is a joint undertaking of the North Park Neighbourhood Association and the Fernwood Community Association. Phase Two will extend the orange “story line” to two more corners of this intersection at the heart of our village – specifically to the north wall of Toes ‘n’ Taps Dance Shoppe, and the front windows of Cook Street Castle Building Centre

Huge thanks to Toes ‘n’ Taps Dance Shoppe, TriEagle Developments, Cook Street Castle Building Centre and Garside Signs & Displays for their participation in this project. And of course the City of Victoria’s Great Neighbourhood Grant Program.

Also, keep your eyes open for new banners at the Pandora and Caledonia Avenue ends of the village.

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