NDP MLA Mitzi Dean says safer roads on their way to Songhees Nation

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SONGHEES NATION – New Democrat Mitzi Dean says people in the Songhees Nation will benefit from safer roads thanks to a second year of Vision Zero grants.

“Road safety is important for every community, but each community has their own unique needs and priorities,” said Mitzi Dean, MLA for Esquimalt-Metchosin. “I’m pleased we’re able to support the Songhees Nation’s work to make roads safer for their community members.”

The Songhees Nation is receiving funding of $74,759 from four Vision Zero Grants:

  • $19,882 for three solar-powered LED speed indicator signs to be installed on shared roadways
  • $19,905 for speed limit and stop signs to be installed on Cooper Road, Chief Robert Sam Lane, and Middle Road
  • $15,037 for speed limit and stop signs in dual Lekwungen and English language installed on Lekwungen Lane, Ned Williams Road (playground area), and Stil Quee Mat Court on Songhees Nation land
  • $19,935 for speed limit and stop signs in dual languages on Lekwammen Drive, Camus Lane, and Upper and Lower Maplebank Roads

A total of $1,030,506 in Vision Zero grants have been distributed to 59 B.C. communities this year. Projects include improved crosswalk infrastructure, traffic calming, speed limit reduction pilots, speed reader boards, improved lighting, road safety planning, and more.

Vision Zero is an international best practice in road safety. By adopting Vision Zero, the New Democrat government has committed to action to decrease deaths and serious injuries on B.C. roads. Making roads safer for all users also helps us tackle climate change, by encouraging lower carbon forms of transport, like walking, cycling, e-scooters, and e-bikes.