Running for Saanich Councillor
What would be your highest priorities in the next four years to reduce the total energy use and emissions from transportation?
Invest and complete the Shelbourne Valley Corridor short-term transportation improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and transit. Start work on the approved Active Transportati9n Plan.
Over the next 4 years, would you support increasing the space for walking, biking, and public transit and reducing that for private motor vehicles in your community? How would you do that?
Saanich has being doing road diets for a long time, started with Foul Bay, Carey Road, and more. It’s just what we do when developing active transportation options.
Would you actively encourage the provincial government to prioritize public transit, walking and biking infrastructure over roadway expansion projects such as the proposed interchanges on the Pat Bay Highway?
I have always been active in this regard. Started when first elected and pushed for Switch Bridge overpass to be part of the Western Approaches highway improvements. They had not invested in cycling infrastructure. Even when talking with MoTI on McKenzie interchange pushed for the trail users shd be accommodated first. For a healthy community active transportation is key.
Do you support making walking safer and more enjoyable in Saanich?
Yes. We now have “Complete Street” designs which are our starting point. We have done Cook and Tillicum. Next Shelbourne and then Glanford. Plus taking care of storm water not in pipe but in rain gardens.
What specific policies, projects and expenditures would you support in the next four years to make walking safer and more pleasant in Saanich?
Ensure that investment happens based on approved plans.
Do you support building a community-wide network of all ages and abilities (“AAA”) bike routes in the next four years?
Saanich uses this but due to size of Saanich building a “community wide” network might be in those highest population areas with this design, but rural areas might be different. It depends on road rights of way and density. Types of networks are defined in our adopted Active Transportation Plan.
Do you support building a protected bike lane on Gorge Rd?
It has been in our work plan, now in Active Transportation Plan. There is some “technical” issue around Victoria road design. It is in short term work to be completed.
Would you support completing the 24/7 bus lanes along the Douglas Street/Highway 1 corridor, as well as along other routes such as the Pat Bay Highway as a high priority for municipalities and the BC government in the next four years?
I support rapid bus lanes along Douglas Street/Highway 1 Corridor … need to get buses out of traffic! I wd say this is highest priority based on Growth Strategy and where density is happening. Pat Bay slightly different. Previous government sold off some road right of way, I think there shd be more “express” bus routes in peak times, to start, along this corridor.
Would you support keeping the E&N railway as a railway and actively campaign for electrified passenger and freight services?
I support the E&N rail corridor being used as a transportation corridor.
Would you support and actively campaign for street-level electrified rapid transit in the greater Victoria region? If so, along what routes
I have always supported LRT. The main route wd be Douglas Street, closest to stores.
In the next four years, would you support removing the requirements for off-street vehicle parking from new and infill developments?
Most developments come with reduced parking. UVIC gets no req’d parking because of their TDM. There is always a need for some parking. Those with disabilities and visitors need to be accommodated. Some developments are decoupling parking from cost of unit. some are putting significant bike parking, and now EV charging spaces. Each development is different and depending where located ie good bus service, not so great service. Commercial spaces (day time) are shared with tenants for night time parking. Parking needs must be flexible.
In the next four years, how, would you activate and bring more people into public spaces within your municipality, including sidewalks, public squares, streets and parks?
The adopted plan of the Shelbourne Valley will see great opportunities for people places, pocket parks, diverse population, outdoor cafes. So much that can be done. It is a large corridor but in the Plan there are great opportunities.