Geoff Orr

Running for North Saanich Mayor

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

Continue support for construction of bike lanes in order to complete the cycling master plan. Convert District vehicles from gasoline to electric as they come due for renewal. Advocate for improved transit connections and service levels along main routes and neighbourhood 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 support improvements to walking paths and bike lanes in order to address safety any existing safety concerns. Space for public transit is not an issue in North Saanich. I’m not sure how we could reduce the space for private vehicles.

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 could be persuaded given more information about the ultimate objective, projected traffic, cycling volumes, etc. . I don’t think this can be treated as a “one or the other” over the next four years.

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


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

Prioritize review of shoulder widening for those areas with safety concerns previously identified by residents and/or District staff. Review expenditures as part of the capital planning process.

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

Don’t know enough about this “AAA” bike route type. Our community network is pretty good and may already satisfy the “AAA” standard in some areas.

Do you support completing and adding protection to the existing bike lane on McDonald Park Rd?

I’m not exactly where on McDonald Park Rd this bike lane is. I’m also not sure what is meant by protection – a barrier? If so, probably not.

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 – if feasible both technically and financially.

Would you support keeping the E&N railway as a railway and actively campaign for electrified passenger and freight services?

Don’t know enough about the economics and logistics to answer the question.

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

Possibly. Can’t comment on Victoria routes.

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

Not necessarily.

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?

By providing a reason for people to go to public spaces.

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