James Harasymow

Running for Victoria Councillor

https://citycouncillorjames.com/

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

Better transit to outlying communities (express bus lanes)

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 make sure buses had a safe amount of space. I would give more space to the modes of transport that needed it, I would not create more space until the demand was there (unlike Fort Street where bike lanes were built before the demand)

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, not necessarily.

Do you support making walking safer and more enjoyable in the City of Victoria?

Of course. Walking is my chosen mode of transport. That said, I’ve never had any problems getting around on my feet : ).

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?

Perhaps motion sensor activated lights on popular walking routes.

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

If we could do it cost effectively without disrupting the flow of traffic, losing space for buses to drive safely, and without losing parking, then yes. If not, then no.

Do you support completing the downtown AAA bikeway grid on Wharf St, Humboldt St and Vancouver St?

No. One day maybe, but not yet.

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.

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. To uptown, and university… and eventually beyond.

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

Not necessarily. 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?

I’d like to see a covered outdoor market and food court. Replace panhandlers with street performers : )


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