Elanor Teel says she is thrilled her lobbying efforts for a crosswalk at the intersection of Cedar Hill Road and Doncaster Drive have paid off. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Elanor Teel says she is thrilled her lobbying efforts for a crosswalk at the intersection of Cedar Hill Road and Doncaster Drive have paid off. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Saanich walks the walk on crosswalk after student lobbied for improvements

Elanor Teel approached first Saanich about the intersection in March 2017

A Saanich woman is thrilled to hear the municipality plans to improve pedestrian safety with a new crosswalk.

“It’s pretty exciting to lobby for something you’re passionate about and actually have it lead to a change, albeit a small one,” said Elanor Teel, when asked about Saanich’s plan to build a crosswalk at the corner of Cedar Hill Road and Doncaster Drive.

According to the notice area residents recently received, work gets underway in January.

Proposed elements include the crosswalk itself, as well as flashing beacons activated by buttons. “So lots of bling,” Teel joked. The plan includes new sidewalks on both sides of Cedar Hill Road and a relocated, improved bus stop nearby.

RELATED: Hidden pedestrian scramble intersection already exists in Victoria

Teel said “sheer annoyance” inspired her to lobby Saanich for the crosswalk.

Before switching to the University of Victoria, Teel attended Camosun College’s Lansdowne campus for two years. Unwilling to drive her car or take the bus, Teel would either walk or cycle to campus from her home near Uptown, a 40-minute walk or so. “But I love walking, and this is the best route, because it is kind of scenic,” she said.

Teel said she could have crossed Cedar Hill Road where it meets Finlayson, but that would added time to her travels.

She also started to notice that at lot of people cross Cedar Hill Road from the other side of Doncaster Drive on their way to nearby Cedar Hill Golf Course, including seniors with their golf carts, as well as school-aged children on their way from and to class. Wetherby Park, a popular destination with locals, also lies near the intersection.

RELATED: Pedestrian makes push for Cedar Hill crosswalk

“I was annoyed personally, but then I realized, ‘wow, there are a lot of people using this exact spot, and I wanted it to make safer,” she said.

So starting in March 2017, she started to lobby Saanich for improvements. She first reached out to Coun. Colin Plant and then councillor Dean Murdock, who in turn put her in touch with Saanich’s director of engineering, Harley Machielse.

“He was really helpful,” said Teel. “He said, ‘we have lots of requests every year, and I don’t know if it will work.’ I said, ‘OK,’ but I kept bugging him.”

This persistence, coupled with Saanich News media coverage, paid off.

“My little sister … she likes walking too, so I’m hoping that she can use this crosswalk to get to school eventually.”


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

wolfgang.depner@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

Black Press file photo
RCMP seek suspect in Vancouver Island-wide crime spree

Crimes stretched from Deep Bay to Qualicum, Ladysmith, Chemainus and Youbou

Jesse Roper tackles weeds in his garden to kick off the 2021 season of What’s In My Garden Man? (YouTube/Whats In My Garden)
VIDEO: Metchosin singer-songwriter Jesse Roper invites gardeners into his plot

What’s In My Garden, Man? kicks off with the poop on compost

A sketch of the multi-use path that will connect Lagoon Beach and Royal Beach in Colwood. (Sketch courtesy of the City of Colwood)
Concepts for Colwood beach connector coming to council June 21

Major infrastructure project includes gathering places, public amenities and pathways

The District of Sooke is looking to revamp its business licence bylaw. Council agreed recently that all businesses must hold a business licence to operate in the community. (Kevin Laird – Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke pushes ahead with new business licence bylaw

Proposal calls for all forms of business to require licensing, but bylaw can stil be tweaked

Victoria police are asking for witnesses who might have information about this tricycle that was stolen in downtown Victoria on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of VicPD)
Police seek witnesses after downtown Victoria company’s tricycle stolen

The three-wheeler was taken from the 2100-block of Store Street on Thursday

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

OPINION SIG
SOOKE HISTORY: A brief history of Bear Creek Camp

Malahat Logging Company began both Beach Camp and Bear Creek Camp

Police are asking for public assistance in locating Anthony Graham who has been charged with the murders of Kamloops brothers Carlo and Erick Fryer. (RCMP photo)
2 charged, suspect at large in killings of B.C. brothers linked to gang activity: RCMP

Kamloops brothers Erick and Carlo Fryer were found deceased in May on a remote Okanagan road

Albert Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney unveil an opening sign after speaking about the Open for Summer Plan and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta 1st province in Canada to lift all COVID-19 public health restrictions

70.2% of eligible citizens 12 and older in the province have received a dose of the vaccine

Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Honour our fathers’ with COVID-19 vaccine protection, B.C. urges

109 new cases Friday, 75 per cent of 12 and up immunized

Freighters have becomd abundant in the Trincomali Channel on the east side of Thetis Island.
Nanaimo ponders taking on waste from nearby anchored freighters

Vancouver-based Tymac petitioning the Regional District of Nanaimo to accept waste at its landfill

(Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Trutch Avenue in Chilliwack to be renamed to remove racist taint

New name to have Indigenous significance as Chilliwack takes new step toward reconciliation

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen during a joint news conference following the EU-Canada Summit, in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday June 15, 2021. Trudeau says Canada is on track now to have 68 million doses delivered by the end of July, which is more than enough to fully vaccinate all 33.2 million Canadians over the age of 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vaccine deliveries enough to fully vaccinate all eligible Canadians by end of July

Three in four eligible Canadians now have their first dose, nearly one in five fully vaccinated.

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant grew in Canada this week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s public health agency reports spike in confirmed cases of Delta variant

More than 2,000 cases of the variant confirmed across all 10 provinces and in one territory

Most Read