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?
Mobility Management! DSM is always more econ-efficient than capital supply. So,
#1 CRD/regional transportation authority with landuse/mobility governance ~akin to Translink/Auckland/StockholmsStad –> TOD, parking tax on lot operators (even those free for customers), funding density bonuses along nodes (or what Ned Taylor is calling corridors/villages e.g. Shelbourne, #UptownDouglas). The westshore should be better serviced by transit; the core should stop subsidising SOV road infrastructure; the fight between RSS(RGS) jobs-stay-in-core and Stu Young will soon be obsolete anyways, disrupted by tech innovation.
#2 – ICBC is changing. Opt-in Odometer checks (AutoPlan discounts) could/should lead to (a) PAYD distance-based insurance (or better yet: ODBII-port “usage based insurance” charging by peakdemand/actuarialrisk), and (b) THIS DATA MUST BE SHARED WITH MUNICIPALITIES. #UBCMresolution #bringbackCEEI
1+2=”B”… is for Bonus: Mobility Pricing, …TDM based on peak demand only, with annual credits for the first X trips/kilometres free. (the inverse of the terribly misguided 2017 BC Liberal election compromise on the toll bridges).
#3 RideShare/Hailing (e.g. Uber, Lyft, RaccoonGo…) The future is coming. the Sharing/Gig Economy is a good thing, if properly regulated. The Single Most Important Thing (re: NYC) = Cities keep the data. In Fact, Cities OWN the data (albeit with long-term sharing+licensing agreements with the app companies). Also, “taxi/uber/uBicycle/MODO” can act as #lastmile of multimodal trip… so I’d work to integrate these into the underlying framework, re: #1 above.
Supply is important, too…
#4 prioritising the Douglas Corridor (ahead of E&N): first rapid bus, then LRT (uptown multimodal station), and matching grid system for BC Transit, complete with transfer-agnostic fare system! (current farebox model is ludicrous!)
#5 “BYD” and similar electric buses, accelerated fleet adoption. 5.5 … requirements for U-Bicycle and other TSPs to electrify/decarbonise. (e.g. perhaps public space [rights-of-way] are no longer free to use by bike-share-style companies, unless they are pedal-assist, for example)
#6 – following after BCUC process for resellers of electricity for EVs to NOT be regulated as “utilities”, I would provide citizens with e.g. $25 each per year in EV plate-specific $0.25/kWh credit at more and more privatised charging stations around the region, incentive paid for via revenue-neutral recycling from said parking taxes, above, including the private EV charging spaces.
#7 – Slow (but steady) increases to bike lanes… more importantly: (re)development requirements for cycling facilities/amenities in MURBs and employment centres (e.g. secure dry parking, showers/changerooms). Also, the Goose needs to be widened (can you imagine!? the only time induced demand is a GOOD THING). ~ @Trevor4saanich
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?
Please see above. So YES. But only relative to growth baseline. In other words, simply stop widening SOV rights-of-way. No need to tick off motorists.
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 would simply call them out on their own strategic documents saying that the hierarchy should be implemented as stated: walking, cycling, other active multimodal trips, transit, carpooling, rideshare, carshare, Good Movement… baby ducks crossing the road… then, and only if necessary (and that wouldnt be the case)… increased capacity for SOV roadways. Remember: “Trying to reduce congestion through road-widening/added capacity, is like trying to solve obesity by loosening your belt!”
Do you support making walking safer and more enjoyable in Saanich?
Yes. And my little #doge too! (the blueprint here is @VisionZeroCA #roadsafety)
What specific policies, projects and expenditures would you support in the next four years to make walking safer and more pleasant in Saanich?
Safer: school routes. (Millennial parents are ready to walk). Pleasant: design. (emphasise “place” over “passage” in development design: human scale, outward-facing, vertical-not-horizontal lines, sticky places along the way)
Do you support building a community-wide network of all ages and abilities (“AAA”) bike routes in the next four years?
I want to say yes: but (#spoileralert) if so, then the cycling community is going to have to start paying for some of this capital infrastructure spend. Or… focus on demand side management, TDM, and watch as the #invisiblehand gently pushes us all onto two-shoe/wheel modes.
Do you support building a protected bike lane on Gorge Rd?
Sure. But so should everybody else. See above.
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?
Sure. But only if it lines up with increased smartgrowth, completeness and corresponding density development along the #UptownDouglas corridor. See Above.
Would you support keeping the E&N railway as a railway and actively campaign for electrified passenger and freight services?
Sure. But this is where I would bend an ear (if not the knee) to the NIMBYs. That corridor is distinct, and I think warrants a fully-engaged community plan. Anyways, as I stated above, E&N considerations MUST be secondary to #UptownDouglas.
Would you support and actively campaign for street-level electrified rapid transit in the greater Victoria region? If so, along what routes
You talking street cars? How nostalgic! but no. You talking BYD/etc EV buses with dedicated rights-of-way (a la Bogota?) … in which case, as per above, let’s start with Bus Lanes (as has been started) and work our way up to electrified LRT. … but let’s also keep in mind that the nature of mobility is changing, disruption impacts are not entirely understood at this point, etc. (not that Traffic Impact Reports, demand modelling, nor LOS benchmarking ever did engineering departments any real good either, but I digress…)
In the next four years, would you support removing the requirements for off-street vehicle parking from new and infill developments?
Of course. As Auckland Council did, we could swap “parking minima” for “parking maxima”. But the real trick here, is thus: – we need to divorce parking from residential development. Decouple the criteria. Should new developments offer parking? OF COURSE. Should it be tied to ownership? ABSOLUTELY NOT. User Pay! (but the NIMBYs will cry: I don’t want more parking/traffic on my 25+yo side street… so… hence: see my TDM priorities above, re: paid parking… everywhere. Everybody should receive a smartphone app with (a) credit for first $X of parking each year, (b) ability to crowdsource the enforcement of violators (camera-phones, huzzah!))
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?
Community Associations in Saanich need to be less busy-body, and more gossip-column… – CAs should have free access to liability insurance coverage through the District to host community functions in parks and public spaces. – CAs should be charged with prioritising [discretionary] spending on sidewalks. – Saanich Parks should take up the 2014 offer by provincial legislation (new Liquor Control & Licensing Act) to enact bylaws allowing for the responsible adult consumption of alcohol at picnics. – public art (but please don’t spend much on the weird stuff) – activated sticky places (see “CA”-related notes above). – GeoCaching. – Pokemon Go. – Social Media contests by SP&R, e.g. scavenger hunts. ~45min of typing. No backspaces. No edits. I retain my right to redraft later. Q.E.D. @Trevor4saanich