Shawn Newby

Running for Saanich Councillor

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

I would continue the work that Saanich has started to upgrade and design its roads to accommodate all modes of transportation. Saanich has upgraded many roads to accommodate cyclists which is crucial to keep emissions low. The more comfortable our roads are to cycle on the more people will cycle instead of drive.

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 support increasing the acessibility for walking, biking, transit etc. I believe doing so will allow more motorists to feel comfortable using other forms of transportation and therefore reduce vehicular traffic.

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 will encourage the Provincial Government to fund new and innovative infrastructure projects to the accommodate the increasing demand for other modes of transportation. I will however support improving any roadways or highways in order to keep all commuters safe.

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

Absolutely! Saanich is a very beautiful place and we need do to more to encourage people to enjoy the municipality on foot. The safer people feel, the more enjoyable it will be to walk.

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

Saanich is currently improving its roadways and walkways to make walking safer. It is important that we continue this effort to improve our municipality. Taking major steps to address the “Highway” conditions on Quadra Street for example is a project I will support to make that road safer for pedestrians and bicyclists as well as motorists.

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

I support continuing to upgrade and redesign the roadways within Saanich to accommodate all modes of transportation.

Do you support building a protected bike lane on Gorge Rd?

I support bike lanes on Gorge and where the room allows they should be protected.

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 designing our roads to accommodate the increasing need for transit. The easier it is for transit to operate throughout our region the more attractive it will be for commuters to get out of their vehicles and into a bus. I don’t think that “24/7” is always necessary to achieve this goal.

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

The E&N Railway was not used well by commuters. The ridership was very low. I support campaigning to use the railway for another form of transit. With the amount of growth in the Westshore, and in Royal Bay in particular, we are going to need other ways to transport people. It is important we use this existing route with new modes of passenger transit.

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

Rapid transit is crucial if we want to sustain a reasonable amount of growth and maintain safe and comfortable communities. Connecting the Westshore to downtown Victoria is the first place to start and the E&N Railway may be the best route, although planners insist on density to make the economic case for the new infrastructure such as rapid transit. I am open to any route as long as we are having the conversation.

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

I support amending some parking requirements to allow home builders to design new and infill developments that focus on other modes of transportation. This also makes the accommodation more affordable by reducing the building cost when parkades or parking lots are reduced.

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?

Saanich has an Active Transportation Plan that will help guide the municipality in creating better ways to bring more people into public spaces. Cycling and walking is increasing in Saanich and with the continued effort to make our roads and trails safer for walkers and cyclists, we will inevitably see more people using those alternative modes of transportation.

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