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?
I do not if it means increased vehicle cost/taxes. Or in artificially removing road ways (pedestrian/bike lane conversions). I am 100% okay with it if we do it through an LRT corridor and other free market means.
2. Do you support making the default speed limit 30 km/h for streets without centrelines, as Victoria has already supported?
3. Do you commit to budgeting sufficient funds to accelerate the the walking, rolling, cycling and transit portions of Go Victoria?
Only on a case by case basis. But not as a blanket endorsement. I believe the current bike infrastructure project data shows unequivocally that we over shot our ambition on bike lanes and they are grossly underutilized. We need to restore balance in the favour of vehicles for the elderly, disabled and young families.
4. Do you support using neighbourhood-wide traffic calming to create low traffic neighbourhoods with much lower traffic volume with quick build materials?13
NO! This is a terrible idea that will cause parking nightmares, traffic jams and disproportion amounts of vehicle idling and therefore increased CO2 emissions.
5. How would you support making walking safer and more enjoyable in Victoria?
Reduce traffic by opening roads that have been closed off to motor vehicles over the past two years.
6. Do you support building at least 15 km of new all ages and abilities (“AAA”) bike and roll routes throughout Victoria?
7. Do you support welcoming people who use wheelchairs and mobility scooters to use all ages and abilities (AAA) bike and roll routes?
On the existing bike routes YES because they are currently under trafficked and could allow other non vehicles to share this space.
8. Do you support rapidly completing 24/7 bus lanes along Douglas Street through downtown Victoria, as well as similar measures along all of BC Transit’s proposed RapidBus routes in Victoria?
Not until we have opened other roadways (Government, Vancouver, etc) to alleviate the growing traffic burden.
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?
Yes, yes and yes. The corridor needs to be converted to light rail as soon as possible. This would alleviate the carbon emission load and ease the cost of living burden. People could pay Westshore housing prices all the while making downtown Victoria wages. This is a win/win.
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?
I am ambivalent to this issue. As I do not feel it is currently a high barrier to access on BC Transit. If I am proven wrong on this issue, I would consider it.
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?
Generally no. We cannot add to the roadway burden we’ve already created. High density developments should have to build underground (off street) parking for now. Although certain cases may be considered, for the most part: no.
12. How would you activate and bring more people into public spaces within Victoria, including sidewalks, public squares, streets and parks?
Open roads, stop new bike lane construction, FREE parking Saturdays and Sundays, return parking stalls into the downtown core.
13. Do you support adding substantively more accessible public bathrooms across Victoria?
Possible yes. I would need to see the logistics. Currently, the outdoor bathrooms are filthy and overrun by some members of the homeless community and therefore inaccessible to the general public.