Running For Esquimalt Councillor
What would be your highest priorities in the next four years to reduce the total energy use and emissions from transportation?
Encourage modes of transportation that use less energy, especially walking, cycling, public transit including rapid transit, car shares, electric vehicles, biofuels, as well as use of smaller vehicles, and fuel-efficient vehicles. I support consideration of commuter rail using the E&N rail line including consideration of electrically powered rail cars.
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?
Reducing space for private motor vehicles is a laudable goal but premature. The citizenry would need to accept the notion of less parking spaces, having fewer motor vehicles, and having fewer vehicular lanes on which to travel. Without buy-in from the residents, current motor vehicle users, commuters, etc. this would not succeed at all well and likely would be at the cost of Council seats. Success will come with gradual changes where voters and taxpayers are accepting and desire such change. Begin with discussion.
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?
Not likely because the mandate of Esquimalt council is related to the municipal business of the Township of Esquimalt. If the provincial government desired roadway expansion projects in Esquimalt, I would likely consider encouraging other options. If the provincial government wanted to build some sort of other infrastructure to assist the commuting public into Esquimalt from the West Shore, it would depend, although my first inclination is commuter rail.
Do you support making walking safer and more enjoyable in Esquimalt?
Yes. Better for residents and makes for a happier friendlier community
What specific policies, projects and expenditures would you support in the next four years to make walking safer and more pleasant in Esquimalt?
I would support a public review of the Pedestrian Charter of 2007 and recommitment to the Pedestrian Charter in a revised version, if necessary. A review of the Township’s Sidewalk Capital Program, improvements to date, and budget evaluation would also be in order.
Do you support building a community-wide network of all ages and abilities (“AAA”) bike routes in the next four years?
Possibly – if this would be done in conjunction with the Capital Regional District and all other municipalities working together.
Do you support building a protected AAA bike lane on Lampson and Tillicum roads?
Perhaps. A complete and thorough public review would need to be done in conjunction with an overall transportation study and plan to determine feasibility, safety, legalities, costs, and other impacts including any requirement for purchasing private property. Extensive public consultation would also be required.
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 would need more information and a business case to ascertain the requirement for this. Also what other costly infrastructure or necessities will have to compete with those same public tax dollars. Extensive public consultation would be a requirement.
Would you support keeping the E&N railway as a railway and actively campaign for electrified passenger and freight services?
I have supported and actively campaigned for electrified passenger and freight services and yes, would consider this also in the future. I have supported and yes, would consider this in the future.
Would you support and actively campaign for street-level electrified rapid transit in the greater Victoria region? If so, along what routes?
Assuming that feasibility, availability, and public need/support is high, yes.
Pat Bay Highway, Douglas Street, Sooke Road.
In the next four years, would you support removing the requirements for off-street vehicle parking from new and infill developments?
No. Not sure why I would do that. What would be the basis for this?
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?
Sponsor public events in public squares and parks, as currently. Consider allowing tables and chairs at street level adjacent to restaurants and cafes for patrons. Maintain and repair sidewalks and streets. Continue to maintain public squares and parks.