Re: “Helps pushes 30 km/h speed limits,” Sept. 8.
With municipal elections about one month away, the need to amalgamate Greater Victoria becomes increasingly apparent.
The latest scheme from Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, to lower speed limits to 30 kilometres per hour, arrived at with, not her city family, but her kitchen-table crew, plays to a certain demographic, while leaving others helpless.
I don’t live in the city of Victoria, but I work in the capital’s downtown. Four days a week, I travel the frustrating, road-rage-inducing gauntlet through Juan de Fuca, Sooke, Metchosin, Langford, Colwood, View Royal and Esquimalt, finally reaching my workplace.
I spend a lot of time in downtown Victoria and know well the terrible condition of the streets and the reckless attitude of scofflaw cyclists, to name a few irritations. Despite spending a good chunk of my waking hours in the city, I have no say over what happens in a place that’s increasingly catering to a select segment.
I am sure others who live outside, but work in, the city share my frustration with this area’s parochial politics, characterized by a patchwork of regulations, bylaws, infrastructure and enforcement.
When will amalgamation be taken seriously?