1. What would be your highest priorities in the next two years to reduce the total energy use and emissions from transportation?
I support expanding buses, bike infrastructure, walkways, and increasing mixed use zoning to encourage more walkable city neighborhoods, and more local access to services.
2. Over the next two 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?
Yes. We need to expand bike paths so that it becomes a safer and more practical option for both commuting and recreation. The same is true for public transportation.
3. Would you actively encourage the provincial government to prioritize public transit, walking and biking infrastructure over roadway expansion projects? If so, how?
Yes. Since this area intersects both provincial and municipal jurisdiction, it an excellent chance to work directly with Rob Flemming, our new Minister of Transportation, on expanding Victoria’s bike and walkway infrastructure and making sure our provincial government sees this as a priority.
4. What initiatives would you support to make Victoria a safer and more enjoyable place to walk?
I walk a lot and do not find it to be particularly unsafe in Victoria, especially when compared to the close-calls I have had as a biker. I think having more green spaces would make walking more pleasant.
5. What specific policies, projects and expenditures would you support in the next two years to make walking safer and more pleasant in the City of Victoria?
My answer to this is the same as number 4. I would be interested in hearing from people who are concerned with the walking safety in the city as this has not been my experience. One thing I think is important however, is making sure sidewalks and walking routes are accessible to those with mobility issues.
6. Do you support completing the minimum AAA bikeway network by 2022?
Absolutely. Given that we are in the middle of a pandemic that is having devastating effects on our local economy, any spending would have to be carefully considered. Providing safe biking infrastructure that is accessible is a major priority of mine.
7. Beyond Victoria’s current AAA bike network plans, what projects or initiatives would you support to grow bicycle usage in the city and meet its mode share targets?
We need more safe bike lanes, and safe places for bike storage. I would ideally like to see more dedicated bike routes that are quiet and removed completely from heavy vehicle traffic.
8. 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 two years?
I would. We should expand and encourage the use of transit.
9. Would you support keeping the E&N railway as a railway and actively campaign for electrified passenger and freight services?
Yes! Providing more efficient and eco-friendly commuting options should be a top priority for our city.
10. Would you support and actively campaign for street-level electrified rapid transit in the greater Victoria region? If so, along what routes
As someone who relies on the bus and bike networks, I would like to see rapid transit lines initially from Uvic to downtown, and from downtown to Langford.
11. In the next two years, would you support removing the requirements for off-street vehicle parking from new and infill developments?
I have limited information on this, but expect I would support it.
12. Over the next two years, how and what initiatives would you pursue to encourage people to safely use public spaces (including sidewalks, public squares, streets, parking stalls and parks) in Victoria?
I would like to see more community activates taking place in public places, such as music and markets. Seating, covered spaces, and bike stalls are all important in encouraging use.
13. Do you support keeping Government St as a pedestrian priority area (similar to summer 2020), with vehicle access managed to certain types of functions, or limited to specific hours?
Yes. We need to encourage a more walkable downtown and decrease vehicle traffic in general, but also on particular streets such as Government, it make sense to preserve them as pedestrian only.