Benjamin Allan

Running for Saanich Councillor

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

Working with BC Transit to increase ridership, approving higher density along our current transit routes

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?

| would support better sidewalks and a better connected bike lanes, as well as proper bus pullouts to increase safety.

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?

On a case by case basis, based on the expectation of reduced accidents and injuries.

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

I am in favour of pedestrian safety projects.

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

Upgrading sidewalks, better lighting and signage at crosswalks.

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 Gorge Rd?

Generally speaking 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?

NO, bus lanes along Douglas should be during peak times, I would be okay with longer hours than the current 3 hours in the AM and 3 hours in the PM.

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

If there is a model for the E&N to be economically viable then I could support keeping it as a rail line, however up until now no business model has been fiscally sound and perhaps the route would be best turned into a bike/pedestrian trail much like the galloping goose/lochside trail.

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

I would need to see the business case for an electrified rapid transit, outside of Uvic and downtown Victoria greater Victoria doesn’t pockets of population density currently in my opinion to make a rapid transit viable.

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

On a case by case basis

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?

Use of public engagement

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