Running for Victoria Councillor
What would be your highest priorities in the next four years to reduce the total energy use and emissions from transportation?
Encouraging alternate forms of transportation. Improving the transfer system on B.C Transit as the new system makes public transit even less affordable. Requiring that privately owned buses, operating out of City owned stops, phase their fleet to electric buses. Encouraging new multi-family residential buildings to offer adequate bike storage and access to car share opportunities.
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, if it was done thoughtfully. Any changes must take into account the needs of people who are not able to walk or bike. Thoughtful transportation planning takes into consideration the needs of all of the users and ensures that they are accommodated in a reasonable way. This approach would go a long way to avoiding the polarization that we are seeing as different modes of transportation appear to be favoured without considering their impacts and doing our best to accommodate them.
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?
Absolutely. The current interchange at McTavish is an example of poor transportation planning. The Mackenzie interchange will only create more problems either ‘upstream’ or ‘downstream’ from the interchange. It has been proven, time and time again, that roadway expansion only encourages more vehicle trips.
Do you support making walking safer and more enjoyable in the City of Victoria?
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?
A review of the City’s priority work plan for sidewalk improvements which would be informed by public input on a neighbourhood by neighbourhood basis.
Do you support building a community-wide network of all ages and abilities (“AAA”) bike routes in the next four years?
I do, but we could do a much better job in ensuring that while we improve mobility for cyclists that we identify, and mitigate, the perhaps unintended consequences that they can create for pedestrians, people with mobility or visual or auditory challenges. Any changes to transportation infrastructure should be able to demonstrate how these improvements are a benefit to all.
Do you support completing the downtown AAA bikeway grid on Wharf St, Humboldt St and Vancouver St?
I have supported this direction but would welcome the opportunity for the public to be able to view the plans and offer their suggestions. It is also important that we learn from the mistakes and successes that were experienced with the construction of the Pandora/Fort infrastructure.
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?
Would you support keeping the E&N railway as a railway and actively campaign for electrified passenger and freight services?
Absolutely. I cannot believe that we are not taking advantage of this extraordinary piece of infrastructure that so many other jurisdictions would be thrilled to have available to them. I believe it should be brought into operation on a section by section basis. Start with linking the western communities to downtown Victoria. Build on that success and the next thing you know we will be in Duncan and Ladysmith and Nanaimo and beyond!!
Would you support and actively campaign for street-level electrified rapid transit in the greater Victoria region? If so, along what routes?
This has always made the most sense to me. Based on my experience with public transit in Portland. It seems that the direction that BC Transit has determined to go in is based on the ‘rubber tire’ model. If that is the case they should, at the least, be electric buses.
In the next four years, would you support removing the requirements for off-street vehicle parking from new and infill developments?
No. We need to offer, and support a full range of transportation options that recognize the specific needs of the individual. With the implementation of Schedule C the City of Victoria has already reduced the requirements for off street parking and is encouraging/requiring bike parking, electric car charging stations and car share memberships.
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?
In the City of Victoria we are currently working on a project to improve and enliven Centennial Square. In Bastion Square I am working on an initiative that would transform 28 Bastion Square, the historic courthouse, into an arts hub. We are also working on a plan for Ship Point to create a space for gathering and celebration and festivals. At the west side of the Johnson Street bridge reclaimed land has created more than one acre of park space that will provide an opportunity for respite or celebration