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1. Do you support re-aligning municipal and regional transportation plans and investments to meet the provincial government’s CleanBC target to “reduce distances travelled in light-duty vehicles by 2030 compared to 2020?

Yes. Oak Bay is investing in active and safe transportation and we have more to do. We have also conducted a neighbourhood program called CoolKit, that promotes education and climate change mitigation practices at the neighbourhood level. We have just approved secondary suites without the requirement of providing off-street parking but with the necessity to provide an exterior 110V plug to trickle charge electric vehicles and bicycles. We have more to do on cycling infrastructure but this Council has invested more than previous Councils on improving infrastructure.

2. Do you support making the default speed limit 30 km/h for streets without centrelines?

Yes. I supported Oak Bay participation with Saanich and Victoria in a regional project with the Province to assess the feasibility of 30 KM/H speed limits.

3. Do you commit to budgeting sufficient funds to accelerate the Oak Bay Active Transportation Strategy?

Yes and we are awaiting a more in depth staff analysis of how to reactivate this program through enhanced funding. We are aware that development and implementation have been slower than desired but our Council is unanimously supporting a renewed commitment to bringing this plan to fruition.

4. Do you support using neighbourhood-wide traffic calming to create low traffic neighbourhoods with much lower traffic volume with quick build materials?

In consultation with neighbourhoods and residents, yes. A well planned and selective approach is advisable but certainly something I could support.

5. How would you support making walking safer and more enjoyable in Oak Bay?

Improve the condition of our sidewalks and ensure that curbs are designed to accommodate physically challenged residents who use walkers, scooters etc. Install activated crosswalks. Employ more advanced traffic calming devices and approaches on major corridors. Educate the public on the importance of safe streets for everyone. Step up a police presence when necessary.

6. Do you support building a network of all ages and abilities (“AAA”) bike and roll routes throughout Oak Bay?

Yes, provided such a network was planned in consultation with our community and that a commitment from our residents to increase funding to support such a network was obtained, as well as grant funding from other levels of government.

7. Do you support welcoming people who use wheelchairs and mobility scooters to use all ages and abilities (AAA) bike and roll routes?

Absolutely. I have been concerned that while the AAA moniker is common, I believe that the infrastructure needs to be better and more carefully designed so that more than just cycling is encouraged and accommodated.

8. Do you support rapidly completing bus lanes at key locations on busy bus routes in Oak Bay, including for BC Transit’s proposed RapidBus lines, as well as effective transit priority measures along all of BC Transit’s proposed RapidBus routes across the CRD?

Yes, for major traffic corridors such as Foul Bay Rd., Oak Bay Ave. and Cadboro Bay Road.

9. With the court-imposed deadline of March 14, 2023 to keep the Island Rail Corridor intact, how would you support modern rail service for Vancouver Island?8

As a regional voice on the Capital Regional District Board, through our CRD representative, the Mayor of Oak Bay.

10. Do you support making transit fares more affordable, both by reducing the cost of passes and individual fares and free or discounted passes for youth, seniors, and people living on low incomes?

Absolutely. Affordable access to public transit is vital to public health and safety, as well as to climate change mitigation.

11. Do you support removing the requirements for off-street vehicle parking from new and infill developments while adding requirements for car share, EV charging, bike and other micromobilty parking, as well as expanding accessible parking?

Yes and I have advocated for same as part of a recent Oak Bay Council decision, a first for Oak Bay, to approve the regulation of secondary suites.

12. How would you activate and bring more people into public spaces within Oak Bay, including sidewalks, public squares, streets and parks?

Improving the condition of sidewalks, providing secure bike parking, working with the Tourism Committee and Business Improvement Association on supporting local village centres, having vibrant summer programs and developing an Oak Bay Village Plan, as well as working together with local Indigenous communities on the future of the Turkey head/Spewhung site.

13. Do you support adding substantively more accessible public bathrooms across Oak Bay?

Definitely. Our public washroom network needs improvement and expansion.


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