Ned Taylor

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?

As a transit-user, I want to focus on improving our bus system. We need increased funding from the provincial gov’t in order to create a more reliable, efficient and connected bus system across the Greater Victoria Region.

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?

As someone who does not own a car, I know firsthand how hard it can be to get around this region without one. We need to focus on improving connectivity in our sidewalk and bike network, so that people can actually get from A to B using these forms of healthy, environmentally sustainable forms of transportation.

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 believe Saanich, along with all Municipalities in the CRD need to be putting pressure on the provincial gov’t for increased funding to public transit across the region. We can do this by reaching out to the Ministry, expressing our concerns, and requesting to set up a meeting.

Do you support making walking safer and more enjoyable in Saanich?

Absolutely. Students, seniors, and many others in the community use walking as their main form of transportation.

What specific policies, projects and expenditures would you support in the next four years to make walking safer and more pleasant in Saanich?

We need a connected sidewalk network. Too often sidewalks (and bike lanes) are starting and stopping with no coordination. I want to ensure that people can actually get from A to B safely on a sidewalk or in a bike lane.

Do you support building a community-wide network of all ages and abilities (“AAA”) bike routes in the next four years?

Certainly. As a cyclist, I’m passionate about creating a better bike network across Greater Victoria.

Do you support building a protected bike lane on Gorge Rd?

I’m open to this, but I think Saanich needs to identify which streets in the community need bike lanes and which have the highest priority. Then we can implement long-term plans into our budget and plan for creating a connected bike network.

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?

Yes, I support the construction of bus lanes across the region. This is a way to improve efficiency and reliability in our bus network. As a result, we could have increased ridership which would cover the costs of these improvements.

Would you support keeping the E&N railway as a railway and actively campaign for electrified passenger and freight services?

I’m open to a rail network in Greater Victoria down the line, but right now we need to focus on improving our bus system, before expanding to other forms of public transit.

Would you support and actively campaign for street-level electrified rapid transit in the greater Victoria region? If so, along what routes

As I stated in my last answer, I’m open to this down the line, but right now we need to focus on improving our bus system, before expanding to other forms of public transit.

In the next four years, would you support removing the requirements for off-street vehicle parking from new and infill developments?

I believe it’s important for developments to include adequate parking.

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?

By ensuring proper maintenance of our Parks, and by creating vibrant community centres. It’s also important that we ensure a pedestrian friendly environment in key areas such as Uptown.

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