Running For Victoria Councillor
What would be your highest priorities in the next four years to reduce the total energy use and emissions from transportation?
There are many options to consider for reducing total energy use and emissions from transportation in Victoria, but three areas that would be easy and relatively straightforward to implement would be making cycling safer and easier outside the downtown core, implementing more sidewalks and crosswalks and ensuring that these areas are well-lit, and making busing more reliable and accessible in all of Victoria and between neighbour municipalities.
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?
Yes, I would certainly support increasing the of space for walking, biking and public transit. I would consult experts in the field of sustainable urban transportation to find solutions that would work for Victoria’s specific population size and density. I believe public transit in the CRD would be utilized more if it was quicker and more reliable.
A simple idea may be to include a GPS tracking system on all buses so that users can plan their trips according to actual live bus locations. Another idea would be to create platforms or install machines where bus patrons are able to pay for their fare via machine so as to not clog the bus entrance and delay departure.
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?
Yes. Public transit, walking, and biking are all preferred over mass use of cars in order to reduce emissions.
Do you support making walking safer and more enjoyable in the City of Victoria?
Absolutely. I live and work downtown, and walking is my primary mode of transportation. As a pedestrian, I do take precautions such as wearing reflective bands at night (as inconvenient and silly as it may look) because more crosswalks are needed and city streets need to be better lit. These are two ways we can make walking safer in Victoria.
What specific policies, projects and expenditures would you support in the next four years to make walking safer and more pleasant in the City of Victoria?
I would like to see more sidewalks in areas that currently have pedestrian traffic but are not pedestrian friendly, and I would like to see all walking areas better lit and intersections equipped with more crosswalks. Wider sidewalks on heavier traffic areas such as in front of the Empress is also a positive step towards making Victoria more pleasant and safe.
Do you support building a community-wide network of all ages and abilities (“AAA”) bike routes in the next four years?
I believe that much of Victoria requires better visibility and accessibility for AAA bike routes, particularly outside of the downtown core. I understand that many citizens are concerned about the cost and concentration of bike routes as well, so I hope to strike a balance in Victoria that meets the needs of our large cycling population while maintaining accessibility for those who may be in wheelchairs and require cars for transportation.
Do you support completing the downtown AAA bikeway grid on Wharf St, Humboldt St and Vancouver St?
I support the completion of an additional bike lane that runs North/South, as well as reflective paint and bike lane priority on Wharf Street that still allows for vehicle accessibility into the Inner Harbour for wheelchair users and others who are unable to cycle or walk. Further, if Government Street is to be closed to cars, it would be considerate to have Wharf easily accessible by cars so that citizens in wheelchairs are able to enjoy the Inner Harbour as well.
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 bus lanes for rush hours (at the very least) on the highway so that buses are not sitting in traffic with other cars. It defeats the purpose of riding the bus if the bus is not able to bypass the traffic during rush hour. However, I don’t know that current needs are 24/7, especially given that so few buses are operational overnight. More research would be needed to determine the amount of traffic and bus routes that may require 24/7 bus lanes.
Would you support keeping the E&N railway as a railway and actively campaign for electrified passenger and freight services?
Yes, an efficient train system would help divert some of the traffic that heads from the west shore and provide a good option for commuters going to and from downtown Victoria. The rail system is currently unused and publicly owned. The project would be extremely complex, but I think it would be a worthwhile option to explore as families move west due to affordability in Victoria.
Would you support and actively campaign for street-level electrified rapid transit in the greater Victoria region? If so, along what routes
I support street-level electrified rapid transit and would like to see electrified rapid transit replace some of the shorter routes in Victoria between key locations, such as the downtown core and the University of Victoria.
In the next four years, would you support removing the requirements for off-street vehicle parking from new and infill developments?
Even though it is convenient to get around the city via walking, biking, or public transit, many residents also pursue outdoor adventures up-island, or on the mainland which require vehicles. Removing parking requirements would allow developers to charge a premium for the limited parking spaces available increasing living costs for residents. Should off-street vehicle parking be removed, it needs to be replaced with underground 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?
Increasing public spaces and green-space is a part of my platform. I want to see more parks for people and animals alike. My vision for Victoria includes having new developments incorporate public spaces as community amenities, and increasing the number of parklets for cafe patios.