Robert Fraser

Running for Mayor of Langford

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

There needs to be high speed public transit bus /high occupancy vehicle lanes with priority traffic light synchronization between the Westshore, Victoria, and Dockyard to help alleviate the gridlock of the Colwood Crawl. We can use existing road infrastructure today to create high speed bus lanes by creating counter-flow lanes, like what is used at the Massey Tunnel in Vancouver (Delta).

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?

There must be consultation with residents and businesses on how best to increase the use of walking, cycling and public transit. Private motor vehicles as a method of transportation have several advantages over other forms of transportation such as convenience, flexibility and a shorter travel time. The disadvantages of private motor vehicles are the pollution generated, traffic, the cost of purchase, the cost of operation, the cost of insurance, and the cost of parking. We must show residents what are the advantages of using other forms of transportation and where a car is less of a necessity in a livable city.

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 to maximize the usage of existing road infrastructure before adding new infrastructure. This would include having high speed public transit bus/high occupancy vehicle lanes along with priority traffic light synchronization. I would also like to see more use of other forms of transportation rather than motor vehicles. I would encourage the provincial government to make public transit a priority. From a fiscal point of view it just makes sense to support public transit.

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

I am already working on trying to make walking safer in Langford. I would like to see the City to make pedestrian safety a higher priority concern. The work to make Langford a more livable city will make walking a more enjoyable activity and improve the health of residents.

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

I will have to see what existing project(s) the current Council has budgeted for. I will then seek input from residents and businesses as to what they say what will make walking and cycling safer and more enjoyable. From the input, create a list of projects, estimate project cost and priority. Then Council will have to determine which projects we have money in the budget for.

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

I want to make the City of Langford a more livable city which means more options for walking and cycling. I will also have to work within a budget.

Do you support upgrading the existing bike lane on Goldstream Ave to a protected lane?

I am a cyclist and a pedestrian. I have travelled Goldstream Avenue on both sides many many times. The traffic can be heavy at times but I have not felt no more unsafe than other situation including downtown Victoria traffic. I would like to hear from other pedestrians and cyclists on their experiences. We also have to be aware that Goldstream Avenue spans two municipalities. Now if Goldstream Avenue is upgraded with a high speed public transit bus lanes then protected bicycle lanes is a must.

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?

The Westshore has been waiting for years for dedicated bus lanes from the Westshore to Downtown Victoria and Dockyard. We can use the existing road infrastructure to create counter-flow bus lanes with priority traffic light synchronization, today. We will have to work with other municipalities and the provincial government to make this happen. We could then continue the work to create dedicated 24/7 bus lanes with priority traffic light synchronization.

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

I would only support keeping the E&N railway if it can be a profitable commercial enterprise without public subsidy.

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

I have used both the Toronto street car system and Edmonton Light Rail Transit (LRT) systems extensively. Both of these forms of public transportation are not viable and cost effective forms of transportation for Victoria.

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

Currently, if you own own a home you must own a vehicle. If Langford were an American city a vehicle would be an absolute requirement because Americans build vehicle-centric cities. This does not make a city livable. Today, there are many transportation options such as walking, cycling, public transit, car pool, Uber, electric scooter, and much more. I would like see the removal of the requirements for off-street vehicle parking from new and infill developments for those owners that do not own vehicles.

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?

One of the goals of making a city more livable it to create an environment that encourages walking /cycling/physical activity and I want the City of Langford to be one of the best livable cities in the world.

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