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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?

Yes, I am always willing to work cooperatively with the provincial government and regionally to help reduce carbon footprints.

2. Do you support making the default speed limit 30 km/h for streets without centrelines?

Yes, this is essential for public safety.

3. Do you commit to budgeting sufficient funds to accelerate your active transportation network plan?2

Yes. I fully support the implementation of our Active Transportation Network plan to ensure our community provides healthier, greener transportation options for all ages, needs and abilities.

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

I am certainly open to this approach as a way of providing safer streets, but I would like to first learn more about this concept and how it could be done within Esquimalt.

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

I am a frequent walker in Esquimalt and commute home from work by walking from my office at Uptown to my home in Esquimalt. In my frequent walks around Esquimalt, I have definitely noticed a disconnect in both the quality and quantity of our sidewalks. Esquimalt has a long-term sidewalk master plan, but I would like to see us investing in new sidewalks in a more rapid manner through our annual infrastructure budget considerations.

6. Do you support building a network of all ages and abilities (“AAA”) bike and roll routes throughout Esquimalt?

Yes, I fully support the implementation of our Active Transportation Network plan to ensure our community provides healthier, greener transportation options for all ages, needs and abilities.

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

This is already the case for the Galloping Goose and E&N routes as shared by everyone, but in terms of actual bike lanes, I would first need more information to learn about all the safety aspects of the dual use of AAA bike and roll routes.

8. Do you support rapidly completing bus lanes at key locations on busy bus routes in Esquimalt, including for BC Transit’s proposed RapidBus lines, as well as effective transit priority measures all of BC Transit’s proposed RapidBus routes across the CRD?

As a public transit user, I definitely support a RapidBus network for the region. In Esquimalt, however, most of our bus routes (Esquimalt, Admirals, Craigflower) are predominantly single-lane traffic in each direction as part of our community’s traffic calming efforts.

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?

Esquimalt Council has continually advocated for the restoration of rail service on the Island Rail Corridor. We invested in restored infrastructure at our Admirals/Colville station/crossing to make it possible, but both the provincial and federal governments have yet to commit to any restoration of rail 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?

As a public transit user, I believe in making public transit as affordable and accessible as possible. I visited Luxembourg last summer and was very impressed with how all of Luxembourg’s public transit is both completely free and widely used by everyone.

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?

Yes. Esquimalt is experiencing rapid development with over a 1000 homes being added to our community. With most of these new developments, we have lowered off-street parking requirements below our parking bylaw in exchange for the developer providing residents with free bus passes, free car share memberships, generous bike storage, and EV charging. We are also currently in the process of modernizing our parking bylaw with ongoing consultations.

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

Our new Esquimalt Town Centre is a perfect example of a central gathering place and public square for community events, our library, municipal services, housing and commercial activity. It is fully accessible along Esquimalt Road, located at a frequent bus stop location, across from our main city park and along bike lanes and a wide sidewalk. It is a great, award-winning model to duplicate in other parts of the community and throughout the region.

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

We have invested in accessible public washrooms at the entry to West Bay Walkway and in our parks. As we continue to invest in our community’s infrastructure and amenities, additional public washrooms are worthy of consideration.


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