Friday, January 31, 2014

Oak Bay: Are Deer the Problem, or is it Speeding?

On Thursday, January 30th, an elderly man was struck by a vehicle at a crosswalk on Cadboro Bay Rd in Oak Bay, according to this Times Colonist news story.

Friends of Animals has been targeting Cadboro Bay Rd for speeding and dangerous driving, but on behalf of deer. According to the CRD Regional Deer Management Strategy collision map, nearly all Oak Bay accidents with deer occur on Cadboro Bay Rd across from the Uplands golf course. We’ve even held a demonstration on the road, encouraging people to slow down, and speeding was still evident.

While this accident occurred a few blocks south of the main ‘Deer Accident’ corridor, it’s still indicative of attitudes on this stretch of road – that speeding is somehow okay. This needs to be addressed, for the safety of people and deer. Furthermore, there needs to be more lighting.

Something needs to be done about this stretch of road, and we’ll continue to demonstrate here – if you’d like to get updates on our activities, please join our email list.

Also, visit our Greater Victoria Deer Advocates page, with a digital copy of our new Living With Deer booklet, to be distributed to Oak Bay households in early February.

Dave Shishkoff
Canadian Correspondent
Friends of Animals
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