The Town of Sidney plans to install three pedestrian-activated crosswalk lights by the end of 2022.
The three lights will operate at Seventh Street and Brethour Avenue, Resthaven Road and Brethour Avenue and Fifth Street and Mills Road.
Chief administrative officer Randy Humble said residents can expect more in the future, with public feedback and the Active Transportation Plan guiding choices.
“The three pedestrian-activated crosswalk lights planned for this year were prioritized in part because they are en route to Sidney Elementary School,” he said. “We have received community feedback on the need to make these existing crosswalks more visible.”
Funding is coming from both Sidney’s municipal budget and ICBC. Humble said the municipality has budgeted a total of $15,000 to purchase and install pedestrian-activated crosswalk lights. “The total cost of each unit is approximately $7,000 plus installation,” he said. “ICBC is covering 50 per cent of the cost of each unit ($3,500 per unit).”
The installation unfolds against greater efforts within Sidney, the Saanich Peninsula and society-at-large to improve more active forms of transportation in the face of climate change but also prepare for large demographic changes as the population ages.
Research has found that an aging population requires different measures to enhance pedestrian safety.
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