Nathalie Chambers

Running for Saanich Council

http://www.nathaliechambers.ca/

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

To Reduce emissions in the next four years we need to: improve the transit system, more frequent, more bus lanes, and more routes, through out the municipality and CRD. Safe bus stops (solar lit) /user friendly, dedicated bus lanes. While, simultaneously improving bike lanes, sidewalks, and neighbourhood connectivity. Transit hubs can be a place to connect and build community. We always need to consider ALL USERS AND ABILITIES when enjoying our community and planning transportation: Seniors, the disabled, young mothers, the blind, cyclists, etc. WE NEED MORE EV PLUG INS! -I believe that individuals who ride, cycle, walk, etc and save us emissions deserve a free bus pass. -Incentive Programs for electric car users/developers that include electric cars instead of parking stalls in their developments.

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 support increasing walking, biking and public transit and reducing that for motor vehicles in Saanich. -we can do that by improving, expanding, widening and fixing our sidewalk networks in Saanich. -dedicated bus and transit lanes on currently proposed routes. -transit hub improvement: bus shelters, safe for all users, solar lighting when appropriate; and neighbourhood connectivity (opportunity for community place making project).

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 actively encourage the provincial government to prioritize public transit, walking and biking infrastructure. However, not at the expense of road safety. So a balanced approach.

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

Yes 100% for all users including more sidewalks, crosswalks: with thought to the blind, seniors, children, disabled, etc. Benches, places to gather, pocket libraries, see City Repair by Mark Lakeman.

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

Follow Saanich’s Active Transportation Plan and investments made. Plan, budget, implement.

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

Yes. I think this is a beautiful goal that has been identified in the Saanich Active Transportation plan. In four years we can get alot done. If we all work together.

Do you support building a protected bike lane on Gorge Rd?

Yes. I understand it has been identified as a priority area and has now been included in the Active Transportation plan.

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 support completing the 24/7 bus lands 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.

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

Yes, I support keeping the E&N railway as a railway and always have. I am on the Arts/ Heritage and Culture committee for Saanich and I believe that this railway is an important part of our transportation heritage. Its that can be updated to meet our current needs for transportation and I want to explore electrifying if it makes sense and is cost effective.

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

Yes- I have always supported LRT as a community member. When the uptown dream faded to black, I have not given up on LRT. Douglas, Blanshard, Pat Bay, Mackenzie- ‘the roads most travelled with supportive and existing infrastructure”.

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

NO, door knocking tells me we are not quite ready for this step. Keep the requirement for now.

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?

Our “Home sweet Home”, Saanich! We can bring more people into public spaces, by: Place making! -community gardens, benches, cafes, good food, tiny book/tool libraries, build community connection rather than isolation. Place making is Intentional Community Building -community involvement/participation/ownership/belonging in creating the kind of world we want to live in. I feel grateful to have taken my Permaculture Design Certificate with Starhawk at OUR Ecovillage and continue to be inspired by the works of Guy Dauncey, Brandy Gallager, Brandon Bauer, Mark Lakeman, Ann and Gord Baird from Eco Sense ,etc

 


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