1. What would be your highest priorities in the next two years to reduce the total energy use and emissions from transportation?
I would reduce the number of cruise ship visits to Victoria. I would work with the provincial and federal government through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund to ensure that cold ironing is mandatory for all cruise ships visiting Ogden Point. That alone will eliminate 11,406 tons of C02. I would encourage active transportation. Currently 6% of Victorians commute to work by bicycle. I think that could be doubled within 2 years.
I would work to reduce the number of car trips by incentivizing transit and alternative modes of transportation. Commercial and residential developments should be required to submit transportation management plans for public transit in order to reduce single-occupancy vehicle use.
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. Victoria has approximately 3900 city administered parking spaces. I would like to reduce those. It is possible. Oslo, Norway is an example of a much larger city that eliminated downtown parking completely. In the process they increased pedestrian traffic by 10%. Research conducted in Toronto and New York indicates that people walking, cycling, and using public transport, spend the most in their local shops, spending 40% more each month than car drivers. I would close Government St from Humboldt St to Yates Street from May to September. This was a highly successful experiment and should be expanded to other neighborhoods like Fairfield and James Bay on a seasonal basis.
3. Would you actively encourage the provincial government to prioritize public transit, walking and biking infrastructure over roadway expansion projects? If so, how?
Yes. Victoria is the greenest city in the country. I would continue the work of the current mayor and council by expanding bike infrastructure, walk ways, and access to transit. Statistics indicate that new roads fill up as soon as they are built. I would like to see a province wide initiative to teach children to use transit and active transportation from an early age. My adult children were raised to ride bikes and use transit as children and they still do. They are 25 and 22 and have never owned cars. I don’t hate cars or the people who drive them but we are in the midst of a climate crisis and have an opportunity to do something about it by making intelligent, informed decisions.
4. What initiatives would you support to make Victoria a safer and more enjoyable place to walk?
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?
6. Do you support completing the minimum AAA bikeway network by 2022?
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?
See question 3
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?
Yes, if we are going to continue to green the CRD we must promote expansion of transit. The biggest complaint that I hear with regards to transit is that it doesn’t go where people want it to go and that the frequency of trips needs to be increased.
9. Would you support keeping the E&N railway as a railway and actively campaign for electrified passenger and freight services?
Yes, I have been in favor of a high-speed rail corridor for 30 years now. I think that it was a lost opportunity. That alone would eliminate thousands of SOV trips and green the region in the process just by linking Langford with the downtown core.
10. Would you support and actively campaign for street-level electrified rapid transit in the greater Victoria region? If so, along what routes
No. If the city had retained its network of railcar infrastructure I would have said yes but it would not be cost effective now and a street like Fort St simply could not accommodate street cars now that bike lane infrastructure has been installed.
11. In the next two years, would you support removing the requirements for off-street vehicle parking from new and infill developments?
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 was a big fan of the pedestrian mall on Government St. and would be in favor of making it an annual fixture from May to September. I think that this model could also be applied to other neighborhoods with equal success.