Running For Central Saanich 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 are:
(A) leading by example, having one electric car, riding a bike, using public transit for daily commutes to work, walking;
(B) continuing to get results with more trails and sidewalks that serve all ages, abilities and income levels;
(C) continuing to get results regarding improvements to public transit for Central Saanich neighbourhoods such as Brentwood Bay, Saanichton, Keating/Tanner, Tsartlip and Tsawout;
(D) supporting infrastructure that creates safer accessible streets including crosswalks; and
(E) working with groups like the Central Saanich Community Association and their Task Force on Transit, Electric Vehicles Task Force, and their Active Transportation Task Force to harness the creative solutions of residents.
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 am committed to supporting our residents and visitors who desire increased walking routes, biking and public transit as well as greater options for the equestrian community. I have a good track record and I’d continue to work with residents to help them become more involved in all stages of planning and decision making to ensure words turn into actions. As an example of action I’d like to pursue opening unused and not well known rights-of-way for trails and parks.
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 continue to meet with provincial ministers to push for placing a higher priority on public transit, walking and biking infrastructure. I have consistently advanced public transit, walking and biking infrastructure even as colleagues have pushed harder for interchanges on the Pat Bay Highway because it is clear that more highways will simply lead to more cars, congestion and pollution. The signs are clear that we need to take more action to stop hurting the environment and I’m prepared to take that action.
Do you support making walking safer and more enjoyable in Central Saanich?
I support actions to make walking safer and more enjoyable.
What specific policies, projects and expenditures would you support in the next four years to make walking safer and more pleasant in Central Saanich?
I will work with residents to ensure there are plans and adequate funding for accessible sidewalks, crosswalks and trails. In particular I’m looking forward to the new master plan for trails and cycling routes in Central Saanich that will be developed over the next 4 years. I’m committed to work with residents to explore making new trail networks that can be used by the equestrian community, walkers, cyclists and others. With every effort I will remain engaged with residents and encourage active participation.
Do you support building a community-wide network of all ages and abilities (“AAA”) bike routes in the next four years?
Yes, I am committed to working with our community members for a comprehensive community-wide network of trails and bike routes for all ages and abilities over the next four years.
Do you support upgrading Lochside Dr to a AAA bikeway?
In principle I support more trails, bike routes and safe paths for all ages and abilities in Central Saanich, including the municipal road portion of Lochside Drive.
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?
Douglas Street/Highway 1 corridor is outside Central Saanich jurisdiction. However, I support and use the dedicated bus lanes when I go to work each day in Victoria and return home. I’d highly support the province making dedicated bus lanes along the Pat Bay Highway through Central Saanich as an effective way to address the growing congestion and pollution. The peninsula may not have the same congestion as the Western Communities, but we need to consider that we are growing, there is congestion on the peninsula and we get surges of traffic from the ferries which is sometimes overlooked. Moreover, we need to be proactive rather than cause worsening problems before we seek solutions for Central Saanich.
Would you support keeping the E&N railway as a railway and actively campaign for electrified passenger and freight services?
I would do what I can to support the Island Corridor Foundation even though as a councillor for Central Saanich I’d not be directly or formally part of this area or the process.
Would you support and actively campaign for street-level electrified rapid transit in the greater Victoria region? If so, along what routes?
I’d be happy engage with proponents of electrified rapid transit and lend my support following further review and examination of details.
In the next four years, would you support removing the requirements for off-street vehicle parking from new and infill developments?
I’d be happy to consider this and make sure to engage further with residents and visitors to our community.
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 commit to working hard with other residents and council members to remove barriers to the use of public spaces which may include fees and or lack of access. Accessibility for visually or physically impaired citizens needs to be a priority and often simply gets missed due to a lack of awareness. That is why I’m committed to working with residents. Also I look forward to working with residents to establish more community parks and trails with the upcoming master plan. I hope to continue to work with the Central Saanich Community Association and other neighbourhood associations to ensure that we continue to welcome people to use our public spaces such as through the excellent Music in the Park Band Stand, Brentwood Bay Days, use of Centennial Park and other parks and public spaces.