Tayler Ruygrok

Running For Central Saanich Councillor

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What would be your highest priorities in the next four years to reduce the total energy use and emissions from transportation?

An emphasis on using public transit and other options such as bikes or walking needs to be placed. In our area of Central Saanich, the issue with public transit however lies in safety and time. Putting a focus on improving our current systems would be the most financially efficient way. I would like to see buses/shuttles that run more frequently  and pathways/ safer pathways and trails connecting to our current systems.

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?

To make changes you need time. I don’t feel 4 years is enough time to make a complete change but it’s something we can work towards. I absolutely support increasing space for walking, biking, and public transit. I am not anti-car, however, and don’t feel with a growing population we should reduce car space.

I feel a good portion of people do not take an alternate ride due to lack of ease. Safer pathways to buses and connecting pathways is one thing I would look at. More frequent buses might also help encourage more to bus as well as looking at other possibilities such as another park and ride.

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?

The simple answer is yes.

But this is a loaded question.

The complicated answer is- we need both.

Our population is increasing along with traffic.

Ideally, the first step I would take would be towards improving our public transit and walking/ biking infrastructure.

In the long run, we will still need to update our highways. With this being said we need to be mindful of costs for both. We can work towards bettering both systems but it will take time and more then 4 years.

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

YES!!! I walk everyday! With my dogs and family. Walking is an enjoyable pasttime of mine. It is challenging in Central Saanich due to lack of trails or even sidewalks and the fact that alot of routes are along dark farmland.

I would like to work towards creating more room along roadsides for walkers/ joggers and cyclists alike. We need to be mindful this is a rural area and not the City of Victoria so while I don’t think full barricaded bike lanes are something we need right yet, we do need either need some additional sidewalks/ gravel paths and maybe  better lighting in higher traffic areas. Better enforcement of road speeds will also help improve safety.

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

Safer shoulders and sidewalks/pathways along stelly’s and possibly several other less safe roads. I would need to see what the cost projections would look like to make a full decision, though I am greatly in support of improved road conditions for walking.

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

in the more urban areas

Do you support upgrading Lochside Dr to a AAA bikeway?

While I agree that AAA bikelanes are great in more urban areas with more dense traffic, I do not feel its mandatory in central saanich to be able to enjoy the trail. Baby steps to improve the trail can be taken but it’s important that the trail remains to be usable by all, including the equestrian community who are well known for using this particular portion of the trail.

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 this will significantly help improve public transit and encourage more to bus.

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

While I support a more efficient/ faster transit I feel I would need more information on costs and if we have the population to make up for it.

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

yes

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

Reducing off street parking is going to reduce safe space for alternative modes of transportation.

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?

Keeping it local. Bringing people together through good coffee and local market goods. keeping parks in excellent shape as well as access to and from.


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