Lillian Szpak

Running for Langford Councillor

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

Increased HOV lanes, improve rapid transit, use of E&N rail corridor for public transit

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?

Increased density in downtown core and making priority pedestrian zones

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?

Where ever the provincial government is funding infrastructure I would encourage biking and walking infrastructure always.

Do you support making walking safer and more enjoyable in Langford?

Yes, of course. And we have added bike lanes and sidewalks everywhere in Langford whenever there is a new development and retrofitting older neighborhoods.

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

All of our design guidelines include walking and biking infrastructure in Langford. I will continue to support that.

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

In principle, yes. But I would have to see the plans for it and how the structures would work in terms of funding etc.

Do you support upgrading the existing bike lane on Goldstream Ave to a protected lane?

Gulfstream Avenue is in our downtown pedestrian core for the most part and the west end of it is closed from the TransCanada highway so it makes for a quiet neighborhood. There are other areas that I think need a protected bike lane more than the Coldstream pedestrian downtown core

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 support high priority bus lanes in all major highway networks.

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

If all of the stakeholders come together and it can work out. Keeping it as a transportation Corridor is a priority, whether buses or train.

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

As density increases then I would be at the regional table for very careful planning

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

This would be a case-by-case basis.

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?

By continuing to make people friendly neighbourhoods and parks spaces. For instance, the new Belmont development near Westshore town center.


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