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?
My highest priorities for reducing the total energy use and emissions from transportation are:
- Improving public transit options by advocating for cheaper and more frequent service.
- Enhancing walkability by increasing investments in crosswalks, greenways, and traffic calming.
- Supporting the implementation of the Cycling Masterplan to make cycling safe, fun, and convenient for people of all ages.
- Planning compact and walkable neigbourhoods.
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 will continue to advocate for safe pedestrian and cycling infrastructure which will in some cases require a reduction of space for private motor vehicles. On a Regional level, I would push for rapid bus lanes which may also take away road space from private motor vehicles. I will also advocate for the pedestrianization of Government Street which will open the street to pedestrians and restrict car access.
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 worked with Councillor Ben Isitt to bring a motion to City of Victoria Council to advocate for the Governments of British Columbia and Canada to shift investments to lower-emitting types of transportation. If re-elected, I will continue this advocacy as both a councillor and a community member.
Do you support making walking safer and more enjoyable in the City of Victoria?
Yes. I will continue to advocate for increased investment in pedestrian infrastructure. In my first term I supported an additional $200,000 allocation toward crosswalk improvements and I would like to see an expedited implementation of the crosswalk improvements that are currently planned. I also support neighbourhood led transportation planning that could help our pedestrian infrastructure investments be more responsive to neighbourhood ideas and concerns.
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?
My top priorities for make walking safer and more pleasant in the City of Victoria are: –
- Increased funding for crosswalk improvements and greenways.
- Widened sidewalks where needed.
- Supporting walkable mixed-use developments that create attainable housing.
- Support the pedestrianization of Government Street.
- Enhance tree canopy and invest in placemaking.
Do you support building a community-wide network of all ages and abilities (“AAA”) bike routes in the next four years?
I will continue to advocate for building a complete and connected cycling network that is safe and convenient for people of all ages and abilities. I support a rapid and cost-effective implementation that utilizes pilot project treatments where appropriate.
Do you support completing the downtown AAA bikeway grid on Wharf St, Humboldt St and Vancouver St?
Yes, I do. We need to finish these routes in order to have a minimum grid of safe cycling infrastructure in downtown Victoria.
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. I have advocated to the BC Provincial Government to install dedicated bus lanes along the Highway from Victoria to Langford on a priority basis. I will continue to push for the Province, the CRD, and the Transit Commission to make improving public transit a priority including rapid bus lanes on highway routes.
Would you support keeping the E&N railway as a railway and actively campaign for electrified passenger and freight services?
I support passenger rail service along the E&N railway. I am very supportive of exploring all low-carbon modes of transportation including electrified passenger service utilizing the existing E&N rail corridor. I need more information regarding the benefits and impacts of using the E&N corridor for freight service before taking a position.
Would you support and actively campaign for street-level electrified rapid transit in the greater Victoria region? If so, along what routes?
Yes, but it is not my top transportation priority and I would need to see a business case to decide which routes I could support.
In the next four years, would you support removing the requirements for off-street vehicle parking from new and infill developments?
I have supported a reduction in off-street vehicle parking requirements for new and infill developments. After we’ve invested to fix public transit and have a completed cycling network I would be willing to explore removing parking requirements for new and infill developments.
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?
I will continue to support the expansion of funding and support for festivals, neighbourhood events, community gardens and other placemaking and community building initiatives. I would also like to see the City invest in a tactical urbanism kit that can be deployed to animate spaces in a playful way on a temporary basis.