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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?

In principle, yes. Reducing commuting in cars is an important goal and requires more investment in public transit. Specific investments would have to be assessed in the context of the overall budget.

2. Do you support making the default speed limit 30 km/h for streets without centrelines, as Victoria has already supported?

I’m running for Victoria Council and live in Victoria, so that’s been done.

3. Do you commit to budgeting sufficient funds to accelerate the the walking, rolling, cycling and transit portions of Go Victoria?

In principle, yes, depending on what level of “”sufficient funds”” are put on the table. I would want to see recommendations from experts and comments from neighbourhoods as to their specific nature and locations.

4. Do you support using neighbourhood-wide traffic calming to create low traffic neighbourhoods with much lower traffic volume with quick build materials?

Yes, where appropriate. I would want to seek input from various neighbourhoods as to where this traffic calming should be installed, and then set priorities based on this input.

5. How would you support making walking safer and more enjoyable in Victoria?

As a start, repair the sidewalks we have, as many are in terrible shape. At the same time, make sidewalks more accessible to the mobility and visually impaired.

6. Do you support building at least 15 km of new all ages and abilities (“AAA”) bike and roll routes throughout Victoria?

Yes. Getting more people out of cars and onto bike lanes is important, and these lanes should be open to a wide range of abilities. I would want to seek input from experts and from neighbourhoods on placement and implementation.

7. Do you support welcoming people who use wheelchairs and mobility scooters to use all ages and abilities (AAA) bike and roll routes?

I would want to do what is safest for everyone, so would want to see a range of recommendations on this.

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?

Getting more people into public transit and out of cars is important. I would want to determine, based on expert advice, what the most effective way of doing so is for Victoria, which could include what this question proposes.

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?13

One of my key platforms is for City Council to stay in its lane, and not exceed its mandate. This is a BC provincial government issue covering all of Vancouver island.

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 support increasing affordability if it doesn’t mean subsidizing those who are able to pay for bus fare. I would like a means test as a basis for reducing fares. One concern I have is that if Victoria’s income from transit is reduced too far, it will have to cut certain routes, and that goes against the goal of getting more people on public transit.

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?

People in Victoria neighbourhoods, especially active families, need cars. I wouldn’t want policies that force people unreasonably out of using their cars. We need a balanced approach that supports car share, EV and other options, but recognizes the realistic needs of families and the elderly.

12. How would you activate and bring more people into public spaces within Victoria, including sidewalks, public squares, streets and parks?

Find more opportunities for public events, celebrations and festivals, and make sure these venues are accessible.

13. Do you support adding substantively more accessible public bathrooms across Victoria?

Yes, absolutely.


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