Geoff Young

Running for Victoria Councillor

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

The best way to reduce emissions is to get people out of cars. We need a dense, attractive and walkable downtown to encourage other modes. We should increase the quality of bus service on major commuter routes, starting with the Westshore connection that is now under way, to the point where we have true rapid bus service with pre-ticketing, fewer stops and frequent service for most hours of the day. A safe and comfortable bike network will also encourage some mode shift, though we must make efforts to not to alienate motor vehicle users or to unduly increase pedestrian travel times.

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 have supported moving public space from private vehicle use to bicycle use and also to dedicated bus use . I have advocated reducing road space to increase green space when our intersections are rebuilt. I have supported reduction in vehicle use in Beacon Hill Park. I have suggested reductions in road space around the foot of Douglas Street, at intersections such as Vancouver and Pakington, and in parks such as Clover Point.

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?

Yes, I was disappointed when the Pat Bay intersection did not include straight-through bus lanes that could more easily have been converted to rapid bus or light rail with full interchanges.

Do you support making walking safer and more enjoyable in the City of Victoria?

Yes. I would even support unpopular measures such as requiring property owners to ensure vegetation or parked cars do not block sidewalks, and shortening control light timings to favour pedestrians.

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

At any time a street or intersection is due for rebuilding, determine if pedestrian needs are being considered. This will often mean reducing pave area and increasing green space.

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

Yes, I have supported, though I feel it is important to ensure design and costs are optimized and this may have benefitted from more time to observe experience and study.

Do you support completing the downtown AAA bikeway grid on Wharf St, Humboldt St and Vancouver St?

I did support. Though I felt Fort street went ahead too quickly, given that decision I supported completing the linkage between them and rebuilding two intersections that are hostile to pedestrians.

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?

I have supported the 24/7 bus lanes on Douglas/Highway 1, where congestion occurs. I would want to see data on the Pat Bay highway situation.

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

This would require significant subsidies from higher levels of government and they will need to be satisfied a business case exists. Certainly some benefits are clear but projected costs are also high.

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

If we can complete the rapid bus route to the western communities that is now underway, I think that as traffic grows it may well merit conversion to light rail. However, development of additional rapid bus routes may prove to be a better use of funds.

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

We have been greatly reducing these requirements and continue to review them, but complete removal may place excessive pressure on surrounding residential streets. We already observe this around major employment centers.

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?

if our parks are clean and attractive people will want to go there, and if our streets and sidewalks are a safe and convenient mode of travel people will use them.

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