Laurel Collins, Sharmarke Dubow, and Sarah Potts (Together Victoria)

Running for Victoria Councillor

https://www.togethervictoria.ca/

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

– Work with BC Transit to lower fares and incentivize more people to take public transit. As a starting point, we support removal of fares for youth under 18 as a measure to build a life-long relationship with public transit and provide a break for parents. However, we also need to look at more affordable passes for low-income people and other incentives that will get people to choose the bus over commuting by car.

– Work to complete the rapid transit link to the West Shore and expand the infrastructure to support faster movement of buses throughout the region while preserving the possibility of LRT in future – Work with BC Transit and seniors organizations to add additional bus stop shelters and benches throughout the city

– Advocate that BC Transit purchase only electric busses moving forward

– Complete the network of all ages and abilities (“AAA”) bike infrastructure to increase bike ridership

– Make it easier to find covered bike parking in popular areas by expanding bike storage facilities on municipal property

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?

Yes. We would make it a priority to ensure that a range of transportation options, including walking, biking and public transit, are safe and accessible for residents.

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?

Yes.

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

Yes. We support a Vision Zero approach to road safety, including a target of zero pedestrian deaths.

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?

We will support further investments in walkability, such as mid-block crossings, pedestrian activated crossing lights, and reduced speed in residential neighbourhoods.

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

Yes. We believe that a safe and accessible bike network which connects our entire community should be completed without delay.

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

Yes. Though we prefer the Cook St route (as opposed to Vancouver St), it is most important to complete the bikeway grid in a timely fashion.

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. We would advocate to the province and neighbouring municipalities to complete the long-delayed 24/7 dedicated bus lanes in both directions along the Douglas Street/Highway 1 corridors as quickly as possible. As proposed by BC Transit, the dedicated bus lanes should be the first step towards eventual implementation of LRT along this corridor. We support a feasibility study for Bus Rapid Transit and/or LRT along the Pat Bay Highway to the airport and ferry terminal.

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

Yes.

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

Yes, we support the long-term vision for LRT along Douglas Street and Highway 1 corridor, with dedicated bus lanes as the necessary first step. We also call for a feasibility study of Bus Rapid Transit/LRT from downtown to the airport and/or ferry terminal to relieve congestion on the Patricia Bay Highway and feeder routes.

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

We support a reduction in the requirements for off-street parking for new and infill development, above and beyond the changes made in the recent bylaw amendments. We also support a requirement for developments above a certain size to include electric car charging stations.

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 will remove barriers to businesses that want to create vibrant spaces – like food trucks, patios, play spaces or public art. We strongly support a permanent pedestrian mall on Government Street from Yates to Humboldt and will work with residents and businesses to identify other pedestrian mall locations over the next four years.


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