Jane Vermeulen

Running for Esquimalt Councillor


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

I am a new candidate and will support an increase in infrastructure for improved cycling and walkways. Much of the traffic congestion in Esquimalt is due to military employees traveling from the Westshore to the base, so alternative transportation through a commuter ferry needs to be explored (again!). Partnership with other municipalities and provincial government will need to be examined as well.

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. The residents of Esquimalt have repeatedly told me that they would like an investment to improve cycling and walking within the area. Advocating for improved public transportation (later hours) and greater connectiveness (north/south) within the community will be needed as we continue to grow.

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?

I feel that we can have improved public transportation and cycling/walking as well as roadway expansion in congested areas. I do not think we need to request a “trade-off”. Realistically speaking, I can ride my bicycle with my child to downtown Victoria to shop. It would be more challenging for me to take public transportation or a bicycle to the airport and ferry with my family.

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

Absolutely! We are a community with beachfront, great parks and a busy recreation centre! Let’s make it enjoyable for everyone!

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

I would work with the existing Esquimalt Pedestrian Charter which outlines means to encourage walking, reducing road danger and improving accessibility.

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

I think that “all ages and abilities” bike routes would be ideal as Esquimalt is a growing community. I am not sure how extensive it can be made in the next four years!

Do you support building a protected AAA bike lane on Lampson and Tillicum roads?

Not sure at this time as I believe it is still in “study mode”.

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?


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


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

Reducing off-street vehicle parking will always remain the “ideal” as it allows for greater expansion of cycling, bus and walking routes. In order to do this, we must find alternatives for residents. I have seen new developments include charging stations for electric cars, bus passes and car-sharing rebates as incentives to potential buyers.

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?

Yes. By working within the Pedestrian Charter, we can continue to make it easier for residents and tourists to enjoy our parks, oceanfront and many festivals!

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