Anton Brakhage

Running for Oak Bay Councillor

https://www.facebook.com/antonbrakhageforoakbaycouncil

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

Turning a portion of the Oak Bay Village or another shopping village into a pedestrian street, adding additional bike lanes, and exploring, in concert with other municipalities, the feasibility of an urban rail line connecting Oak Bay and the rest of the CRD.

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 would support construction of additional bike lanes, and a pedestrian street in Oak Bay. However, any reduction in parking spaces for motor vehicles would have to be preceded by a reduction in the number of actual motor vehicles. Otherwise, we would simply be making the parking shortage and traffic congestion worse. The lack of adequate parking in this municipality must be addressed.

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?

In general, yes.

Do you support making walking safer and more enjoyable in Oak Bay?

Yes. I have previously petitioned the Oak Bay Council to improve traffic safety and address traffic congestion in my own neighbourhood, and look forward to addressing safety for pedestrians in the rest of the municipality.

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

Additional street lights, signs, and sidewalks in areas that lack them. I also support the construction of a pedestrian street in Oak Bay.

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

Yes.

Do you support building a protected bike lane on Cadboro Bay Rd to connect to Ecole Willows School?

Tentatively yes.

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.

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

Yes.

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

Yes. The optimal routes would have to be determined in consultation with municipal staff and other municipalities, but I believe such a system would likely be invaluable to the CRD in the long-term.

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

No. While reducing the number of cars is a worthy goal, eliminating any requirements for off-street vehicle parking would worsen the already serious lack of parking in Oak Bay.

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?

By improving road safety for pedestrians via the aforementioned means, by supporting events such as the street markets on Oak Bay avenue, and by supporting the construction of a pedestrian street in Oak Bay.


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