Marie-Térèse Little

Running for Metchosin Councillor

https://mtlittle.wixsite.com/forcouncillor

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

  1. Collaborate and work with other Municipalities to design innovative solutions such as light rail transit/ rural buses to urban areas for commuters
  2. Use small 12-15 passenger buses on Metchosin roads for transportation to minimize footprint
  3. Promote and maintain use of galloping goose trail for commuting via bicycle and promote infrastructure to accommodate cyclists
  4. Promote community ride-share cooperative program
  5. Continue to educate community on the need to have low footprint to reduce energy and fossil fuel use and emissions for the environment and to meet our 2050 targets on emissions
  6. Lend support to governments advocating incentives for Metchosin community members interested in alternatives to fossil fuels such as hybrid vehicles and solar, wind, and wave power and energy alternatives.

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 would support this in a collaborative and cooperative way with other municipalities. We don’t have the tax base nor the budgets in Metchosin for big infrastructure projects but we can use innovative and smart solutions that cost little money to implement such as enhancing safety crossings on Galloping Goose trails and solar-powered lighting to assist pedestrians and cyclists.

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?

Sooke Highway needs attention and major initiatives like Mackenzie interchange need to be completed. There needs to be a balance but any opportunity to support transit, biking and walking should be encouraged

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

I support making walking safer and more enjoyable in Metchosin. I stood at the intersection of Metchosin/ William Head roads and Happy Valley road on Monday and Tuesday this week and the amount of traffic at great speed is at times unsafe. Also, the Glenforest Way/ Happy Valley Road Galloping Goose cross is an accident site waiting to happen. There needs to be a solar-powered red flashing light here before a child gets hurt or killed trying to cross the street.

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

I support section 10 of the Metchosin Official Community Plan (OCP) and in particular section 10.3- policies. Also, I would adhere to:

  • 10.3.1 With the exception of arterial and secondary highways, all components of the transportation system should be regarded as community roads with the primary function of intra-community traffic movement and access to abutting properties.
  • 10.3.2 Intersections of local roads with major roads and direct access from abutting properties onto major roads should be limited. Four-way intersections are preferred to offset “T” intersections.
  • 10.3.3 A high standard of maintenance should be provided for all roads with particular attention given to major roads and collector roads. Improvements should be provided where necessary, but vehicle lanes should not be widened without demonstrated traffic and safety needs.
  • 10.3.4 All new roads and modifications to roads should follow specifications outlined in Road Classification Table 4.
  • 10.3.5 Present transit services should be reviewed with transit authorities to determine whether changes could be made to better serve the community and whether any additional services can be provided to Metchosin as development takes place in Colwood and Langford.
  • 10.3.6 New road patterns and improvements should be suited to the provision of an efficient transit system taking into account existing and proposed residential and commercial development. Provision of walking facilities and paved passenger standing areas on all transit routes should be a long-term objective.
  • 10.3.7 Subdivision applications and other development proposals should provide trail corridors for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians as alternative means of transportation to various facilities and points of interest including but not limited to schools, parks, shopping and transit stops.
  • 10.3.8 Provision should be made for safe movement of pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians along all major and collector roads. Wherever possible, this will be encouraged by providing a wider shoulder on existing and proposed roads.
  • 10.3.9 The “Galloping Goose Regional Park Corridor” right of way should remain as a public recreational and transit corridor.

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

In principle I would support this AAA bike route; however, I would have to know more details such as the cost of initiative and objectives before I commented more further.

Do you support building a AAA bikeway along Metchosin Rd?

In principle I would support this AAA bikeway in Metchosin; however, I would have to know more details such as the cost of the initiative, if this is needed given the Galloping Goose trail, where it is planned for and objectives before I commented more further.

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?

Depending on the cost and the potential impact for Metchosin residents I would 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

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

YES! I would support keeping the E&N railway as a railway and actively campaign for electrified passenger and freight services, depending on the cost to Metchosin residents.

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

I would have to research this more fully and examine what other communities and municipalities with similar topography are building to support electrified rapid transit. I don’t believe in re-inventing the wheel if we don’t have to.

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

With increased infrastructure for those not able or willing to use public transportation or bicycles, I would support this.

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?

Through a sustained and smart educational program. Education is key!


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