1. What would be your highest priorities in the next two years to reduce the total energy use and emissions from transportation?
Extending fare-free bus transit (currently available to school-age children living in the City of Victoria), getting a start at least on electrification of the transit bus system, and introducing transit signal priority technology, which allows a bus driver approaching a traffic light to keep the light green long enough to let the bus through (greatly improving the efficiency of buses for commuting purposes), and looking for other ways to make traveling and especially daily commuting by bus more appealing.
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. I think the City should consider establishing more dedicated bus lanes, maybe in some places for rush hour periods only. I also think too much space is dedicated to parking in the downtown area, reflecting the fact that there are too many cars downtown.
3. Would you actively encourage the provincial government to prioritize public transit, walking and biking infrastructure over roadway expansion projects? If so, how?
Yes. I strongly believe that, as recommended for example by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the City should stop building new fossil fuel-related infrastructure. The only road projects should be whatever adaptations are needed for electric buses.
4. What initiatives would you support to make Victoria a safer and more enjoyable place to walk?
In my platform, I suggest that we should work toward a truly walkable community, with the goal of eventually making it possible for residents to walk to work and school, to get groceries, to access services, and for other transportation needs. Walking is the cheapest and least resource-intensive form of transportation.
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?
I would support identifying places around the community that could be turned into pedestrian malls.
6. Do you support completing the minimum AAA bikeway network by 2022?
Yes, I think we need to greatly accelerate the development of all alternatives to fossil fuel-dependent transportation, including the bikeway network.
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?
I think the City should be actively looking for other places that commuter routes for bikes can be created, in co-operation with the region’s other municipalities.
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?
Absolutely. Improving bus transit infrastructure wherever possible is critical.
9. Would you support keeping the E&N railway as a railway and actively campaign for electrified passenger and freight services?
Yes. Rail should be aggressively promoted and developed as an alternative to cars.
10. Would you support and actively campaign for street-level electrified rapid transit in the greater Victoria region? If so, along what routes
Yes, I would. Along the Douglas corridor and from downtown Victoria to the Westshore, at a minimum.
11. In the next two years, would you support removing the requirements for off-street vehicle parking from new and infill developments?
Yes, we should be reducing the amount of space dedicated to cars and parking. Maybe requirements for off-street parking could be waived in a favour of additional affordable housing units.
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?
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, I do. In general I think more pedestrian spaces should be created, and that section of Government Street is ideally suited for that.