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Cyclists cross Victoria's (BC) Johnson St. Bridge despite condtions that are not always supportive and routing between downtown and the nearby Galloping Goose regional trail not always clear.
In mid-February, when only a few flowers can be seen popping up in local gardens and the rains of winter are dragging on, the numbers can reach almost 2,000 trips a day.
In summer months, numbers can exceed 4,000 trips a day under existing conditions.
A project to replace the old bridge with a new structure that will provide many positive benefits for cyclists and pedestrians may yet accelerate the growth more quickly than current patterns are showing.
If the trendline is sustainable, bike trips over the bridge, at least may exceed 5,000 a day in some months. Walking trips may grow well beyond current numbers also, though perhaps at a slower rate, since they have some support with a sidewalk connection already.
Local critics continue, nonetheless, to downplay the significance of cycling in the traffic system needs that will be met with a new bridge.