Chris Graham

Running for Central Saanich Councillor

http://christophergraham.ca/

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

  1. It will be Central Saanich’s turn to have a representative from our Council to sit on the Victoria transit commission: I would continue to advocate for better public transit on the Peninsula – particularly more frequent and better bus routes times.
  2. As a part of our Official Community Plan review: revisit our Cycling Master plan and actively engage the public on how we can make cycling safer to encourage more people to cycle. Work with Modo Car share to add cars into Brentwood and Saanichton and
  3. Work with builders and developers to ensure that electric car stations are included in new construction.

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?

Yes, this is an area I have experience and made accomplishments in. I have worked and voted to open and improve bike lanes (such as the shoulder along Wallace for biking), numerous beach accesses, trails such as the Mt. Newton walking trail and successfully approved and receive grant funding towards the Stelly’s walking trail. I would advance improved walking, biking, and public transit infrastructure by consulting with the community to identify where enhancements would be most useful, and work with senior levels of government to secure grant funding to help us finance and build these projects.

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?

I do not believe we should see these projects in competition with each other. Idling vehicles, and traffic congestion is still a concern for green house gas emissions, and frustrated drivers are more likely to lead to accidents. I support looking for solutions and road enhancements that have cycling, public transit, and pedestrian improvements designed into them, making the road a safer place for everyone.

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

Yes – Absolutely!

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

I have personally made a commitment to building the Stelly’s trail, and we have funding in place in our budget. If re-elected, I will ensure that is completed. I fully support any enhancements to ‘walk-ability’ within our neighborhoods. The Official Community Plan review is scheduled to go ahead this next term. I want to use that as an opportunity to engage with the public the most appropriate areas where we can enhance all forms of transportation, including: horse, bike, foot, and bus.

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

100% support the concept within our financial constraints.

Do you support upgrading Lochside Dr to a AAA bikeway?

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?

This of course is Provincial Jurisdiction. I believe HOV lanes may be a more effective first start. I am an advocate for upgrades to accommodate more public transit and ride sharing along with other forms of traffic, and to enhance overall travel. Given how much has been spent in the Lower Mainland on transportation improvements I feel that it is now our turn.

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

I believe that the rail right of way needs to be preserved for innovative future transportation options. Central Saanich is not a participating member of the Island Corridor Foundation, and as such, our ability to influence and guide is limited.

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 know more about the current proposals: what the anticipated benefits, costs, and what our expected contributions would be. However, I would be happy to have those discussions and engage and consult with those advocates and the broader pubic to gain a better understanding.

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

I would like to see a transition away for cars, but any change in parking requirements need to be done carefully. How much parking is needed can be neighborhood specific, and any changes in parking requirements should be done with consultation with the broader community.

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?

We have had great success with supporting public events, such as: Music in the Park, the Saanich Fair, Brentwood Bay days, and others. I would work to continue that approach and encourage more community events. I would be supportive of looking at what barriers might inhibit people using public space and working with our staff to remove those barriers.


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