Kathleen Burton

Running for Saanich Councillor


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

My priority will be to continue the existing work being done to improve, strengthen, and expand transit services. In speaking with residents and in hearing questions posed at the All Candidates Meetings, it is clear transportation choice is a priority issue. I agree, as many do, that a Regional Transportation Authority that holds the power to oversee and effect regional change is integral. Without this progress will be impeded not only in Saanich but throughout the region.

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 will and do support a system that recognizes all forms of transit, including cars as a necessary evil. While I do not have electric/hybrid car, I am happy to see more of them come into use. I participate in the Ride to Conquer Cancer and have for three years. To participate in a ride that sees cyclists ride up to 150 kilometres each day as part of the ride I recognize the importance of bike lanes. That said I believe we have to take an approach that will not aggravate traffic problems. I prefer to look at the use of secondary roads and to encourage the use existing infrastructure, such as Lochside Trail.

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?


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


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

I think we can look to Saanich’s Active Transportation Plan as it already identifies projects and priorities that would address concerns. We can keep in contact and work with Community Associations to hear more up to date concerns from their respective neighbourhoods.

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

As mentioned earlier, I believe we have to take an approach that will not aggravate traffic problems. I prefer to look at the use of secondary roads and to encourage the use existing infrastructure, such as Lochside Trail. Not only do I believe this to be a safer approach, I think it will be a more economically viable one as well.

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

To be honest, Gorge Road had not been an area that I had previously given much thought to in terms of bike lanes, and I used to live on Gorge Road. I think this is because I always found it easier to hop on to the goose when living in that area. I would be open to the idea if carefully assessed, in terms of priority to other projects and as related to bike lanes in general whether alternate routes or secondary roads may make more sense.

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?

Yes – I think this issue is fits and supports, a regional transit authority.

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

I would require more information before making an informed decision on this one way or the other.

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

Where developments are near transit and/or major centres, I am in favour of reducing but not necessarily eliminating the requirements for off-street 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?

The proposal for the Nigel Valley offers the potential to enhance already existing vibrant communities and villages in Saanich.

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