Rob Wickson

Running for Saanich Mayor

robwickson.ca

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

I have always been a supporter of transportation choices. As a matter of fact I am listed as one of the citizens that worked on the Travel Choices Strategy. I have been a member of ITO since it began (I was the first president), have promoted both LRT and the E&N. As president of Bike to Work Victoria I promoted cycling options and have been riding my bike to work since 1993. Given that history, you can see I am still focused on alternatives to the SOV. Building walkable communities, better transit and exploring new technologies that encourage change. For example, I would like to suggest that free staff parking for Saanich employees actually encourages more SOV use. Therefore, why don’t cash out free staff parking. Give every employee $100 a month then charge for parking. Let them make the economic choice about how to spend the $100 and they might choose to ride a bike, take transit, car pool, or even relocate so they can walk to work.

The Saanich Active Transportation plan needs to be funded and implemented but also needs to be enhanced with TDM policies from Council.

This is a very long topic and I could go on for days. You can assured that transportation issues will be one of my top priorities.

    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, and by implementing the Active Transportation Plan for starters. In addition reducing development parking requirements when other options such as car share memberships are included.

    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. This is exactly what I tried to do throughout the so called public consultation for the McKenzie Interchange.

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

    YES YES YES.

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

    Again I would support funding for the Active Transportation Plan.

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

    Yes

    Do you support building a protected bike lane on Gorge Rd?

    Absolutely

    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?

    This a big question that has so far not moved forward except for the cycling trail. I would like to find out the road blocks and try to find solutions that might bring using this corridor as a proper transportation route that is not for motorized rubber tire traffic. What kinds of new technologies can we use? Self-driving electric vehicles??

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

    Yes, and have been for almost 20 years. I have been giving public talks about LRT for many years and helped ITO develop a cost benefit analysis on this topic.

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

    yes

    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?

    When we bring densities alongside these public spaces, they will naturally grow as people gathering places. For example, in the Gorge Tillicum community we built a community garden which is now a wonderful place for meeting with friends and neighbours.


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