Sidney, B.C.; Walking and biking just got a lot easier and safer in Sidney as the Town recently completed the installation of new solar lighting and paving along a 400 meter piece of trail that runs along the east side of Highway 17 between Weiler and Ocean Avenue.
The solar lighting, provided by First Light Technologies Ltd., a Victoria based company, is a first of its kind in the Capital Regional District (CRD) and was completely funded through a gas tax grant from the CRD. The total project budget of $80,000 also includes pavement markings and signage along Weiler Avenue to link the path to the town’s cycling network.
The Town of Sidney installed the lights to increase pedestrian and bicycle use and safety, as well as to make the trail more welcoming and inviting for all users. Solar light technology was selected due to its significant advantages over traditional lighting. The new fully self-contained system utilizes solar power and LED lighting. It has low installation costs and minimal site impact with no trenching, cabling or wiring. In addition, there are minimal ongoing costs with no electrical bills or bulbs to change and the system is immune to power outages.
The Town of Sidney is looking for the public’s feedback on the new trail lighting and has established a feedback forum on “Sidney Says”, the Town’s online community engagement tool. A link to Sidney Says can be found on the homepage of the Town’s website at www.sidney.ca.
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