Carol Hamilton

Running for Colwood Mayor

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

Continue working with business & developers to bring ‘whole communities’ to fruition that would allow for more to work closer to home. Better road alternatives for commuting by continuing to work with BC Transit, VRTC and other levels of government on options. Installation of EVC’s in key areas of our community to promote electric car use.

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, have been working with partnering communities, CRD, BC Transit and Province already. An overpass on Sooke Rd to connect the Galloping Goose Trail would improve flow and safety for cyclists and pedestrians.

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 need to see more multi-modal options…a commuter ferry, rail, trails are all important.

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

Yes – but in our case so much of the community was built without a thought toward any alternative but cars. Retro-fitting is expensive to undertake.

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

Working with developers to compliment their work on frontages by building the connectors. Painter Rd Trail is a good example that connects an existing neighborhood with the new Royal Bay High School & residences.

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

Again – trying to retrofit is an issue, roads were not initially designed as such and in many areas there is just no room for “AAA”. That said, we are more aware and consider them where we can.

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

Working with View Royal on a Transit Plan from Six Mile to Goldstream as a first step and have incorporated improvements along this corridor as the developments progress.

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?

Money trees are scarce, while this is certainly a goal, I have strongly advocated for a more cost efficient option with ‘bus on shoulder’ and queue jump lights as a start – buses should not be stuck in traffic grid and riders will chose car over bus if this continues to be the case.

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

We need OPTIONS and at the very least the corridor should be protected. Train wheels on buses? Electric buses/freight trucks? Perhaps freight should only be able to travel on inland roads at off peak times. One way in and out is not working for many commuters.

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

I believe if we would look to ‘the low hanging fruit’ options that are more cost efficient at first and build success with it, we may find that the need for the more expensive solutions can be worked toward as a future goal.

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

Personally I would prefer NO street parking other than designated areas such as downtown business areas. Residential streets are congested and become unsafe making it difficult for emergency vehicles to navigate.

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 are steadily upgrading our usable parks and spaces. I would like to focus on creating more accessibility to places like the waterfront. We hold 2 free events each year that are well attended by Colwood residents and many throughout the region. Also throughout the summer there is BEACH FOOD Fridays that have expanded. Food trucks, free music and you cannot beat the view.

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