Stephen Weller

Running for Sidney Councillor

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

We have been trying for a number of years to have better public transportation in and out of Sidney,especially the West Side.  When we can have better public transport, then we can start having a conversation about lowering emissions.  People still feel the need to drive in Sidney as their public transport options are limited.

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 I would.The new parking lot at Mary Windspear is a good start, for letting people park long term, then enjoy Sidney by walking.  I also see reducing motor vehicles on a per person basis,based on demographics.  People are downsizing in houses,and in vehicles too.  Its a natural progression.

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?

No, as technology advances and we get closer to autonomous vehicles,we still need the infrastructure to move people about.

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

I walk Sidney everyday,and it is like playing Frogger some days.  You have to be aware of what you’re doing, as the drivers in Sidney blow stop signs and often go the wrong way up Beacon.  We NEED to make Sidney better for walking.

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

I would support anything that proves it safer to walk in Sidney. Specifically speaking, the amount of stop signs are ridiculous.  Im just not sure what you can do to improve it.  Flashing light Crosswalks?

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

Yes.  With our climate being as it is here, there is a need for an all year round specific bike route around the Peninsula.

Do you support building a protected bike lane on Beacon Ave?

No.

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?

Absolutely

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,any routes that were available to be changed.

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

No.

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?

Helping The SBIA market to passengers of both Ferries.


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