Darlene Archibald

Running for Victoria Councillor

http://www.darlenearchibald.ca/

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

Efficient and expedient Transit that runs longer into the evening so that people can get home after spending their money having fun in Greater Victoria.

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?

I do not think it is realistic to reduce space for private vehicles. If this is the intended outcome then it will need to be community driven and not something that is imposed. I would assist with efficient travel by making lanes with priority bus or HOV at peak times. Everyone needs to get to their destination safely using any method of transportation.

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?

When outside of the city cars are still very much needed to get around the area in a timely manner. All methods of transportation need to be included in the Transit plan.

Do you support making walking safer and more enjoyable in the City of Victoria?

Absolutely. There are locations that could use improved lighting for safety but all things need to be considered when making changes. Many areas need to be improved for true accessibility.

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

I think walking around Victoria is already very enjoyable. I would put benches in along roads for needed breaks for people that are just getting into walking or have a physical limitations that would require a rest.

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

yes. I would like to see if we could create bike lanes that are entirely separate from vehicle lanes. Not sure where that would be best to investigate but the bike paths in Sidney are much nicer as they are very separate from the highway/road.

Do you support completing the downtown AAA bikeway grid on Wharf St, Humboldt St and Vancouver St?

no

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, although I am not sure we have the amount of people taking transit to make a 24/7 lane necessary at this time. I do think later bus availability would assist people in getting safe rides home after a night out, making travel safer for all involved.

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

I am not sure if this is still feasible. I would support it if it was possible.

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

As much as I would love rapid transit there isn’t a natural fit on any route at this time. Each time we change a system there are always going to be consequences. We need to look forward to see what limitations may show up. And as construction is happening we need to be responsible for the impact that has on businesses and needed delivery vehicles.

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

No, I think there will still be a need for vehicle parking. Until transit is ready to take over the need for cars and people are working where they live we still need to make parking a priority in developments. Car share cars and memberships are a useful solution in the mean time.

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?

Each neighbourhood needs a community space. We have a few that still lack this space for gathering. We could also make more covered areas as our weather is so mild that outdoor activities could happen almost all year long with more covered areas. Did I say more covered areas?


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