Joscelyn Barnard

Running for North Saanich Councillor

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

*More frequent and viable public transit to the airport and ferries.

*Work with local green business innovators to provide an alternate green ferry service across the Saanich Inlet – Pat Bay to Mil Bay – with good public transit at each terminus.

*Promote and support the use of electric cars and bikes.

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?

Definitely support walking/biking and transit improvements while keeping the existing space for vehicles in our rural area. To date in North Saanich, bike lane improvements have been accompanied by widening of vehicle lanes and subtle changes to the geometry of the roads to make them more car friendly. This should be rethought and the emphasis be on cyclist safety and not making it easier for people to speed.

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?

Not sure

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

Yes! Looking forward to getting some walking routes in place at Sandown, allowing people a pleasant short cut to Sidney amenities.

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

Sandown trails and repair of Scoter Trail along Pat Bay. Trail from WSR to John Rd, along the northern border of Tsaykum FN.

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

Yes, maybe we could get more kids riding to school.

Do you support completing and adding protection to the existing bike lane on McDonald Park Rd?

I’d have to look at that particular situation more closely.

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 sure

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


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


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

The Sandown project offers many exciting prospects in this regard. Looking forward to working with the new council to get it completed.


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