Running for Sidney Councillor
What would be your highest priorities in the next four years to reduce the total energy use and emissions from transportation?
Sidney is a hub to the greater community. Options to move commuters with a small passenger shuttle boat commuter service from the southern gulf islands should be considered, with small bus links from Port Sidney Marina and the Washington State ferry terminal in Sidney to improved express bus service linking the broader community to BC Ferries, the Victoria International airport and Victoria city centre. Expansion of dedicated bicycle lanes in Sidney connecting to the Lochside Trail should also be a priority.
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?
Major thoroughfares in Sidney can likely accommodate dedicated bicycle lanes without reducing roadway for vehicles. Bike lanes need to be clearly identified as such to improve safety, and speed reductions for vehicles implemented in those areas to 30km per hour should be considered.
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?
No. Chronic under-funding in roadways and infrastructure cannot be ignored. Planning for these improvements must be inclusive of safe options for cyclists, bicyclists and priority for public transport.
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?
Improve visibility at busy crosswalks, and school zones. Investigate traffic calming, speed reduction infrastructure and work with the RCMP to target distracted drivers.
Do you support building a community-wide network of all ages and abilities (“AAA”) bike routes in the next four years?
Yes – linking to existing networks with signage and bicycle lanes from Sidney to the Lochside Trail and Victoria International Airport Flight Path multi-use trail.
Do you support building a protected bike lane on Beacon Ave?
No. Beacon is largely one way and further restricting the flow of vehicles may be detrimental and unsafe on a busy shopping street. Good opportunity and generous road allowances for a protected bike lane that encircles Beacon by using Bevan Avenue and Sidney Avenue are preferable.
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?
Not on the Pat Bay Highway. I would support consideration of an HOV lane (to include buses) in congested areas such as the Douglas Street / Highway 1 corridor.
Would you support keeping the E&N railway as a railway and actively campaign for electrified passenger and freight services?
Yes – for passenger service in the west shore to Victoria corridor with provincial funding.
Would you support and actively campaign for street-level electrified rapid transit in the greater Victoria region? If so, along what routes
No – but I would campaign on the need to preserve such a corridor in planning for future use from the Ferry Terminal at Schwartz Bay to the Westshore Parkway in Langford.
In the next four years, would you support removing the requirements for off-street vehicle parking from new and infill developments?
Unlikely – but that would depend on the location and nature of the specific development.
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?
As Chairman of Planning and Development at the Victoria Airport Authority from 2008 – 2013 I saw the development and utilization of the airports mixed use trail system that encompasses the airport property. I would look for opportunities to connect with that recreational system from Sidney wherever possible.
Sidney needs to plan and design for a pedestrian and cyclist friendly future. Consideration of growth in electric scooter use for those with mobility issues requires thoughtful planning.