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?
My highest priorities to reduce energy use and emissions from transportation would be to advocate for low-cost, low-emission, and efficient public transit with expanded service to meet the community’s needs; creating a regional walking and bicycling network with enhanced space and green corridors; following through on the city’s commitment to 100% low or no carbon emission transport by 2050; a region-wide education initiative to encourage energy efficient driving habits as a way of raising awareness of emission impact while encouraging transitions to low and non-carbon emitting transportation.
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 do this by improving access to public transit through enhanced walking and cycling routes. Widening side-walks, beautifying active transport corridors, and increasing the number of cross-walks.
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. I would advocate to the province to prioritize public transit, walking and biking infrastructure. I would also advocate for a one-time bike rebate from the province for people 18 and under to encourage young ridership.
Do you support making walking safer and more enjoyable in the City of Victoria?
Yes, it is an essential component of building connected and welcoming communities that people want to engage in.
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 support improvements and enhancements to sidewalks including widening of paths, improved lighting, community art integration, corridor pathways, and crosswalk improvements.
Do you support building a community-wide network of all ages and abilities (“AAA”) bike routes in the next four years?
Yes. I would like to see a network that connects all of Victoria’s neighbourhoods in consultation with communities and local businesses to realize the most ideal routes in each.
Do you support completing the downtown AAA bikeway grid on Wharf St, Humboldt St and Vancouver St?
Yes. I will support the currently planned corridors and will seek further community consultation with neighbourhoods and businesses to find the best path to move forward on expanding the cycling 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 would strongly advocate for this extension of the bus lanes to these regions and where the need is apparent.
Would you support keeping the E&N railway as a railway and actively campaign for electrified passenger and freight services?
Yes. I believe it could be an important component of larger framework for low-emission modes of passenger and freight transport.
Would you support and actively campaign for street-level electrified rapid transit in the greater Victoria region? If so, along what routes
Yes. I would support electrified rapid transit to enhance transportation service throughout the community and contribute to a zero-emission objective. Routes to UVic/Vic General, Westshore, YYJ Airport and the Schwartz Bay, James Bay, Esquimalt, Jubilee, Gonzales, Mayfair and Hillside.
In the next four years, would you support removing the requirements for off-street vehicle parking from new and infill developments?
Yes. I would be happy to consider the various options available to reduce the requirements while seeking opportunities to encourage active transport in all of our neighbourhoods to benefit residents and local businesses.
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?
I am currently a community and event organizer who is committed to creating fun, safe, vibrant, and meaningful public spaces to life. I will support funding for community engagement and use of downtown and neighbourhood spaces for festivals and events. Revitalization of Centennial Square into a lively, inviting hub for residents and organizations to create exciting and captivating events with. At the same time reducing barriers to permitting and licensing to make organizing more accessible.
I will also promote more community garden spaces, art, and culture within the core to enhance public place making. Supporting community and youth led initiatives wherever possible. I would also like to see opportunities for some small roadways, such as areas along Government St., adapted into pedestrian walkways with market opportunities. We must also protect and enhance our urban canopy and green spaces to keep the beautiful character of Victoria intact and flourishing for years to come.
None of the above can be achieved fully without taking into account the need to address the lack of affordable, integrated housing in our region. This must a priority in tandem with building welcoming communities spaces and active transportation.
Through all of this I look forward to building a Victoria that is vibrant, inclusive, and welcoming for all.