Running for Esquimalt Councillor
What would be your highest priorities in the next four years to reduce the total energy use and emissions from transportation?
Reducing the number of people driving their cars to work and school is the thing to do. That means having alternatives to the car. We know the alternatives: Walking, biking, bus transportation, and carpooling in some circumstances. How do we get people to move to these transportation methods? Cyclists and pedestrians need to feel and be safe. Improvement is in progress, but I still find that bicycle lanes are regularly interrupted due to constructions or development. That is the case for instance next to the Town Square development in downtown Esquimalt currently. Reducing traffic speed for motorised vehicles considerably improves the safety for cyclists and pedestrians. I am in favour of the implementation of more radar speed signs in strategic locations. The speed limit of 50 km needs to be revisited in places that we want to promote walking and cycling. I often see speeding on Admirals road down from Esquimalt road. Do you know the difference between driving a kilometer at 50 km/h or 30 km/h? 50 seconds. You also save energy when driving slower and reduce noise pollution which in Esquimalt would be a great improvement. Finally, this is outside the domain of Esquimalt council but I think there is a need in Greater Victoria to invest a lot more in BC transit, bringing new buses with hybrid diesel / electric / hydrogen fuel cells technologies and make the bus system easier to use for everyone. While it cannot be changed in one day, steps would need to be taken in critical areas such as Langford to Victoria. To encourage people to use those buses, bus transportation will need to be faster and more convenient than using one’s vehicle. One way to do this is to implement lanes specifically for buses during high traffic. School buses would also be something to think about. For Esquimalt some incentives could be put together to encourage alternative transportation methods.
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?
As describe in previous question, yes. Improve safety on the roads for bikers and pedestrians, reduce speed, develop incentives, partnerships with big employers such as the Navy. Work with BC transit and school boards.
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 don’t think we should necessarily oppose to other’s solutions. By improving roads, the efficiency of public transit will also improve, especially if buses are given their own lane during rush hours. Authorities will need to decide how we can best use the budget given to improve transportation as effectively as possible.
Do you support making walking safer and more enjoyable in Esquimalt?
Absolutely, walking not only reduces car emission but allows people to connect with their surroundings in a way that is not possible while driving.
What specific policies, projects and expenditures would you support in the next four years to make walking safer and more pleasant in Esquimalt?
I would like to implement solutions to reduce speed on main roads like Esquimalt and Admirals, create new pathways in areas with upcoming developments, and extend the walking/cycling trails.
Do you support building a community-wide network of all ages and abilities (“AAA”) bike routes in the next four years?
Do you support building a protected AAA bike lane on Lampson and Tillicum roads?
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, adding bus lanes would improve the efficiency of public transit.
Would you support keeping the E&N railway as a railway and actively campaign for electrified passenger and freight services?
My understanding is that there is no funding for this. It appears to be a very expensive project, we need quicker solutions. Other options should be explored as well.
Would you support and actively campaign for street-level electrified rapid transit in the greater Victoria region? If so, along what routes?
If we get the funding for this, it would particularly effective from Esquimalt road to Victoria.
In the next four years, would you support removing the requirements for off-street vehicle parking from new and infill developments?
It isn’t realistic to get rid of parking today, most residents still have a car and the first step is to encourage them to use it less, meanwhile cars still need a place to park.
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?
We have the privilege to live in such a charming area. If we can make downtown Esquimalt a more pleasant place to walk, people will walk. See previous questions regarding speed reduction and adding secure crosswalks.