Michael Geoghegan

Running for Victoria Mayor


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

Synchronization of street lights, relocation of bike lanes to secondary roads, promoting higher density in both Victoria and Colwood so that LRT becomes feasible.

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 disagree with reducing space for private vehicles as it impacts the economic viability of the downtown core. I am for safer bike lanes on side roads and ensuring that buses, delivery vehicles and emergency vehicles can move efficiently throughout the city.

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?

The provincial government is already going to be spending $250 million on bike lane infrastructure. For me building the bypass for the Malahat is imperative both for economic reasons as well as safety reasons.

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

Yes! The recently installed bike lanes are dangerous for pedestrians particularly the elderly and those with disabilities.

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?

I like my walking trails and bike lanes to be away from heavy traffic. My proposal to provide free rec centre passes for kids 18 and under will lead to healthier adults who are more active including walking and biking.

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

Yes I love the galloping goose and lochside trails and routes that are away from heavy traffic are safer and less stressful for all concerned especially middle aged cyclists like myself.

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

I prefer bike lanes to be demarked by paint rather than hardscaped in. I frequently bike along Vancouver Street from my apartment on Queens Avenue.

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?

No I prefer HOV lanes that buses also use.

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

With sufficient density we can have an LRT line operating between Vic West and Langford. From Langford up Island the economic case will take longer to prove but certainly the corridor should be kept available for such use.

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

I expect transit buses will like cars increasingly will be come either electric or hybrid electric thus making such a system unnecessary.

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

Not entirely, but certainly with increased parkade construction it will allow us to show greater flexibility.

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 ensuring the efficient movement of people whether they are walking biking or taking the bus or driving in their vehicle. By ensuring sufficient low income and mixed income housing throughout the region we can keep our parks from turning into homeless camps. Regional walking and biking trails linking our green spaces and parks will also help.

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