Date: Friday, October 7, 2022
Victoria, BC – Temporary CCTV cameras are being deployed and road closures are planned for this Sunday’s Royal Victoria Marathon.
Preparations for the marathon require some roads to be closed in the Inner Harbour area starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 8th, 2022.
Given the marathon’s route from Oak Bay’s Uplands neighbourhood to Downtown Victoria, officers from both VicPD and the Oak Bay Police Department will be deploying to help keep runners, spectators and road users safe. In efforts to minimize disruptions to traffic and residents along the route, the organizers and police are working together to streamline road closures.
Road closures begin Saturday Morning
Belleville Street from Oswego Street to Government Street will be closed Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 9.
There will be limited vehicle access to the downtown core and sequential road closures along the race route between 1 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 9.
Before 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 9, the best route to exit James Bay is to travel eastbound on Simcoe or Toronto streets and turn left to travel northbound on Douglas Street.
Access to the Coho Ferry terminal will be maintained. Please expect delays and arrive in plenty of time.
While officers and private traffic control will work to minimize the impacts of road closures on area residents, once runners are on the course there is limited opportunity to cross the race route by vehicle. For live updates on the events that day, including the road closures and public safety information, please follow us on Twitter on our @VicPDCanada account. We will be using the #VicPDLive and #yyjtraffic hashtags.
Parking will not be allowed on the race routes. Once the final runners pass through each section and it is safe to do so, roads will be opened to vehicle traffic and parking will be able to resume along the route.
For more information about the Royal Victoria Marathon, please visit https://www.runvictoriamarathon.com/royalvictoriamarathon.
Temporary, monitored CCTV cameras deployed
As with previous events, we will be deploying our temporary-placed, monitored CCTV cameras in support of our operations to ensure public safety and help maintain traffic flow during the marathon. The deployment of these cameras is part of our operations to help keep the marathon safe, peaceful and family-friendly and is in keeping with both provincial and federal privacy laws. Temporary signs are up in the area to ensure that the public is aware. The cameras will be taken down once the events have concluded. If you’ve concerns about our temporary camera deployment, please email [email protected].
Drones not permitted
Remember that drones are not permitted in the downtown core or the Inner Harbour. The Inner Harbour is an active flight zone for float planes and helicopters. Drones are strictly prohibited under Transport Canada rules.
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