Bob Thompson

Running for Central Saanich Councillor

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

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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 look forward to an Active Transportation planning process to identify needs, define projects, assign priorities and then find the money! We have an ongoing process of requiring new developments to provide MODO car share memberships in new developments. And we continue to push for improved transit, especially in Brentwood Bay.

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 safe access off the Pat Bay highway into the Keating industrial area. While we continue to push for improved transit, we face the reality of supporting access to the industrial areas.

Do you support making walking safer and more enjoyable in Central Saanich?

Yes – see Active Transporataion planning above, which includes multi-use trail networks.

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

See Active Transportation Planning above. We need a plan to establish priorities for safety and for budgeting reasons.

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

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Do you support upgrading Lochside Dr to a AAA bikeway?

In our neck of the woods, Lochside Drive is also an access road for farms, so that needs to be included in any design process. Again this requires long-term planning and budgeting.

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 but I can’t speak for other municipalities.

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

Not sure which is the most efficient system for commuting.

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

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

No. We do give parking variances to significantly reduce parking in new commercial/residential developments but at this stage we are also conscious of the needs of local businesses in our villages for customer parking.

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 a very active community – Music in the Park, Saanich Fair, Peninsula Country Market, Brentwood Bay Festival, etc. We have a beautiful new outdoor stage in Pioneer Park and are starting planning process for Saanichton Village. Once again, an Active Transportation plan would facilitate public access.

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