Barb Desjardins

Running for Esquimalt Mayor

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

Supporting active transportation infrastructure within Esquimalt such as sidewalks, pathways, cycling routes. I will continue to advocate for use of the E&N corrridor for transit of some form and seek partners for opportunity of water transportation Westshore to Esquimalt. Regional transportation governance through an authority is the key for regional transportation solutions, we need all parties including the province at the table

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?

Continue the work in Esquimalt allocating resources for connectivity of sidewalks and cycling. Also willing to reduce parking requirements for development if provision of transit or car share program provided for new residents

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?

We need all transportation infrastructure and highway infrastructure can include transit lanes, cycling options as well. It should not be one or the other, we need efficient transit around our region for positive economy

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

Absolutely, I have supported all opportunities for greater walkablilty in Esquimalt

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

Lighting for pathways within areas of our community, connecting Esquimalt areas to transit corridors through sidewalks, removing barriers such as hydro poles from sidewalks, continue to implement our Pedestrian charter policy

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

Certainly we must look at this opportunity and the financial support to achieve this. We have significant young families in Esquimalt which mean safety in transit must be a priority to keeping people active

Do you support building a protected AAA bike lane on Lampson and Tillicum roads?

I am waiting for the results of the public input on this corridor for this as to its viability from cycling perspective

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?


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


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

Yes E&N corridor and out to ferry terminal options

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

Reducing parking requirements but not eliminating

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?

We have a pedestrian charter which helps us look at overall community connectivity as well we promote alternative transportation for community events 

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