Rishi Sharma

Running for Saanich Council

https://www.rishisharmaforsaanich.com/

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

I would increase public transportation options but work with higher levels of government on incentives for clean energy bus fleets (i.e. Hydrogen, electric) and work with developers on policies for more electric vehicle charging stations, while creating better cycling routes.

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’m suggesting creating a livable city plan that focus on just that – making our shared roadways a safer place for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicle owners. As a father of three young daughters I know we need to invest in these areas. Also, to find the resources for these commitments in the livable city plan, in tangent, create an economic development plan to help increase revenue to the district through provincial and federal grants and new, clean sustainable businesses.

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?

We need to do both and we deserve attention and supports for both. We need safe roads and highways for our residents but there needs to be much emphasis on car sharing and other incentives to ease the amount of traffic on our highway. I was recent travelling in LA and Oakland, California and it was unbearable on their highways due the amount of congestion and dangerous driving.

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

As one of the co-founders of the local safe roads advocacy group Fix Ash Road Now, yes, we do need to make our roads safer and more enjoyable. My parents were struck by a car while driving on Ash Rd and my dog was run over, and there are many other examples of terrible accidents on that road an others that need to be addressed now.

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

I would look to lower speeds on roads deemed unsafe (use public, residents associations, cycling groups and civic engineers to help inform) and work the local speedwatch program and saanich police on increased enforcement.

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

yes, something I would be interested in discussing

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

yes, something I would be interested in discussing

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 – will need to research proper routes

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

yes, I would like to discuss this further

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?

through my proposed Livable City Pan, which is noted on website: www.rishisharmaforsaanich.com


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