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 support the above the more we can create clean transportation initiatives the better it would be for the environment.
2. Do you support making the default speed limit 30 km/h for streets without centrelines?
I do support making the default speed 30km/h as it will make driving much safer in the CRD, however I do not support the removal of centrelines as it would be unsafe to do so. The centrelines are also important to the proper division of lanes.
3. Do you commit to budgeting sufficient funds to accelerate the Oak Bay Active Transportation Strategy?
I do commit to budgeting sufficient funds to help push along the Oak Bay Active transportation plan. This plan is important to the future of Oak Bay transportation and the more bus service that Oak Bay has this will be better for the environment.
4. Do you support using neighbourhood-wide traffic calming to create low traffic neighbourhoods with much lower traffic volume with quick build materials?8
I do support neighborhood-wide traffic calming as it this will make neighborhood’s much more peaceful, and it will help cut down on carbon emissions in the air with less traffic. Then with more of these pocket parks there will be more areas for people in the neighborhood to get out and enjoy the fresh and relax.
5. How would you support making walking safer and more enjoyable in Oak Bay?
I would like to fix the sidewalks and make them more disability accessible for wheelchairs and walkers. Also, we need to fix the roads in Oak Bay as there are many cracks in them which is dangerous for people with walkers who are crossing the road especially if the walker gets stuck on a crack while the person is crossing the road.
6, Do you support building a network of all ages and abilities (“AAA”) bike and roll routes throughout Oak Bay?
I do support the creation of bike routes through Oak Bay as this will be much safer for bike riders, and it would also nicely fall in line with rest of the bike lanes that have been created throughout the CRD. Also, the use of bike lanes would be good for people of all ages in the community.d
7. Do you support welcoming people who use wheelchairs and mobility scooters to use all ages and abilities (AAA) bike and roll routes?
I don’t feel that scooters and wheelchairs should be used in any bike lane as bikes travel much faster than mobility scooters and wheelchairs, and they can be dangerous around mobility scooters and wheelchairs. I support the fixing of sidewalks in Oak Bay and throughout CRD for the better mobility of scooters and wheelchairs.
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?
I support the creation of more bus lanes for RapidBus lines to operate as it would cut down on the use of fuel throughout the municipality and the CRD in general which is better for the air by emitting less carbon emissions in the air.
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
I feel that modern service is still relevant and that the rail line from Victoria BC to Courtenay BC should be repaired then once that is fixed, we could look at expanding the service into some of our other communities. About two years ago the side of the Malahat collapsed and we only had one lane in service coming into and going out Victoria which was bad for the transportation of goods. This left the shelves of many stores empty. I fully support the fixing of the main line and I want to let government groups know how important this service really is. Then once the main line is fixed, we can extend it to other communities on the island that have never before had the service.
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 do support making transit more affordable because then the more affordable and the higher the frequency of the service the more people will use it throughout the CRD. The more affordable we make the transit and the more people that use it in return, the more money it will make and the more we can raise the frequency of the service throughout the CRD.
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?
We do need more accessible and EV Charging parking. EV Charging stations are important because while more electric cars are built and sold across Canada and the CRD. There is not enough electrical station infrastructure yet to support the amount of the cars in Canada. Also, we need to see more disability accessible parking across Canada and the CRD, and the municipality. Bike parking is also important in the CRD and the municipality and there needs to be more security around bike parking because theft has been so high across the CRD.
12. How would you activate and bring more people into public spaces within Oak Bay, including sidewalks, public squares, streets and parks?
I would do this by increasing the amount of public transportation and by fixing the sidewalks for mobility scooters and wheelchair users. I will also support the building of bike lanes to encourage the use of bikes, electric bikes, and scooters which is better for the environment.
13. Do you support adding substantively more accessible public bathrooms across Oak Bay?
I do believe that the parks could use more publicly accessible bathrooms. For example, during all of the COVID-19 restrictions and even now, most businesses in the municipality and the CRD do not allow the use of their bathrooms which creates a hardship on the general public. However, with the adding of new bathrooms Queen’s park in Oak Bay could definitely benefit from having a bathroom. Even a portable bathroom would be better than no bathroom. But they should also be closed at a specific time maybe around 5pm to better control their maintenance and safety.