Rob Martin

Running for Colwood Mayor

https://martinformayor.ca/

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

Attracting employment to our Community so residents can live and work in Colwood. The best way to get people out of their vehicles is to provide a community where a vehicle is not needed for commuting.

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?

Colwood should be a walkable community. Providing the services necessary to accomplish that is not a short term fix. This needs to be planned and designed for as we continue to build out our community

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?

We must recognize that the long term solution for Colwood commuters is maximizing transit corridors such as the rail lines and waterways. HOV lanes fix the short term issues but is not the long term solution to our transportation needs.

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

Yes, but we must work hand-in-hand with our development community to make this a reality. Colwood residential homeowners do not have the ability to financially afford to do this on their own.

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

My first priority is ensuring that our young people have the ability to walk to and from their schools by foot. As Colwood continues to build out the necessary infrastructure such as sidewalks, council needs to prioritize those school corridors.

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

I’m unable to commit to this until I see a finance impact statement.

Do you support building a protected AAA bike lane on Sooke Rd from the View Royal border to Metchosin Road?

I’m unable to commit to this until I see a finance impact statement.

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. if studies demonstrate that it has a positive effect on moving people around the CRD efficiently and effectively.

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

Yes. LRT is a necessity for the Westshore.

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

No I will not actively campaign since this should be done by municipal governments where it would exist.

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

No, parking is still a stressor for many neighborhoods in Colwood

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 believe that access to Recreation, Libraries and the Arts are the pillars of great communities. Rob will continue to focus his energy on supporting Westshore Parks and Recreation, the Juan De Fuca Performing Arts Centre and the Greater Victoria Public Library that foster healthy living and social connection for citizens of all ages.

 


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