Running for Sidney Council
What would be your highest priorities in the next four years to reduce the total energy use and emissions from transportation?
Better public transit
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?
Sidney is a compact community with limited opportunities to reallocate space from motor vehicles to other forms of transportation. The Town has been adding bike lanes where feasible and expanding our trail network, particularly the waterfront walkway and acquiring easements from new developments for mid-block pedestrian walkways. It is clear that eliminating on street parking to create bike lanes would not be acceptable to the community. If someone proposes a creative way to increase space for walking, biking or public transit that is acceptable to the community, I would support it.
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 currently have a serious problem with employees commuting from the western communities and other areas outside the Peninsula to work in the West Sidney and marine industrial areas. I would support improving public transit to address this as a high priority. Moving of products and materials by truck transport is critical to our West Sidney industrial area and a significant concern. This suggests that improvements to the Beacon and Pat Bay Highway intersection should remain a high priority.
Do you support making walking safer and more enjoyable in Sidney?
What specific policies, projects and expenditures would you support in the next four years to make walking safer and more pleasant in Sidney?
Sidney currently has a 20-year plan for maintenance and improvements of existing sidewalks, trails and walkways. Street frontage improvements are routinely made as new developments occur. Recently the Town adopted new Downtown Streetscape and Urban Design Standards which involve improvements to sidewalks. I support the implementation of these.
Do you support building a community-wide network of all ages and abilities (“AAA”) bike routes in the next four years?
Do you support building a protected bike lane on Beacon Ave?
Most likely, no. There is no space to do this without either eliminating parking on one side of the street or one lane of vehicle traffic. I expect there would be significant resistance to either. However, I am open to presenting these concepts to the community. If there is significant community support I would be willing to support this.
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?
I would support investigation of the feasibility of these concepts and the preliminary planning and costing for these. I don’t have enough information to decide whether I would support doing these.
Would you support keeping the E&N railway as a railway and actively campaign for electrified passenger and freight services?
I would not actively campaign for this. There are plenty of issues specific to or of higher priority to Sidney (e.g. affordable housing). I think it is more appropriate to put my time and energy towards such issues.
Would you support and actively campaign for street-level electrified rapid transit in the greater Victoria region? If so, along what routes
Before I actively campaign for anything I need to see the feasibility, estimated costs and business case for it. I would support investigation of this but can’t offer support until I see this.
In the next four years, would you support removing the requirements for off-street vehicle parking from new and infill developments?
No. I support the review of Sidney’s off-street parking bylaw because current best practice suggests that our parking requirements should consider factors such as the size of residential units, proximity to public transit, and proximity to the downtown. However, I don’t think it is reasonable to eliminate all parking requirements.
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?
Sidney has been pursuing a strategy of improvements to make public spaces more accessible and inviting, and encouraging events which attract more people.