City’s decisions affect other areas’ residents

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.

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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?

Shannon Moneo

Otter Point

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