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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, but I think we should go even further. Greatly improving our transportation system is necessary for effective climate action but it is also part of improving the livability and competitiveness of the region.

2. Do you support making the default speed limit 30 km/h for streets without centrelines, as Saanich has already committed to doing?

Yes, I have championed this issue in Saanich and also advocated to other regional partners who have adopted that position (at least at the time of our application to the Province). I support Saanich going this route independent of a provincial pilot.

3. Do you commit to budgeting sufficient funds to accelerate the Saanich 2018 Active Transportation Plan?

I was a big part of Council accelerating the plan already through additional funding 2 million annually as well as quick build initiatives aimed at further expediting implementation. I also initiated a report of what it would take to bring the Active Transportation Plan form ~25 years down to 15 years–this has not come back from staff yet. I support efforts to further accelerate the implementation of the ATP.

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

Yes! and I am expecting that the incoming Road Safety Strategy and ATP update will contain this approach! Quick builds are the way forward and enables us to be flexible as well as do more learning by doing.

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

Accelerate the ATP, making walking safer requires more sidewalks and paths, it can also be made more enjoyable by the addition of bike lanes which buffer pedestrians from automobile traffic. The Road Safety Strategy as well as quick build traffic calming will also greatly help improve peoples walking experience in Saanich.

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

Yes! and I like the quick build approach to enable us to do more sooner. The only way to get ore people riding is with infrastructure that supports everyone.

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

I see no issue with this from my understanding and if re-elected will look into making this happen. Mobility lanes (AAA) would be great to enhance accessibility across Saanich.

8. Do you support rapidly completing 24/7 bus lanes along McKenzie to UVic for BC Transit’s proposed RapidBus route, as well as similar measures along all proposed RapidBus routes in Saanich?

Yes, I want to see this done sooner than planned because it is something our community needs right now! I think this could be done faster if we had a Regional Transportation Authority (which is a key part of my platform).

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?

I support modern rail. To make this happen I think we need to do a regional planning exercise focused on supporting the viability of the Island Rail Corridor to support the sustainability of the region. Annual wishful thinking about the corridor from all 13 mayors is not enough, we need to commit to planning land-use to support the corridor and make it a reality. One thing is clear; we cannot lose this corridor!

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 think the first priority is expanding the scope, frequency, and reliability of transit. We need an “Everywhere to Everywhere” system that people can rely on. I support reduced or free Transit for youth as it can help build lifelong habits.

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! Transportation Demand Management tactics such as car share, E-bike shares, EV charging, E-bike charging, E-cargo appropriate storage, E-bike storage, bike and other micromobilty parking is core to the sustainability and livability of our region. Expanding accessible parking is needed for equity.

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

Public spaces in Saanich and the region need to be safe, accessible, engaging, and cohesive. Every new development should activate the street level in some way, even if it is something as simple as townhouses engaging the street. To bring more people into the public realm it needs to be accessible (washrooms, accessible parking, bikability and walk-ability all contribute to this the street. The other thing is we need more of these spaces; I support a diversity of strategies to create more public space in Saanich. Lastly, Diversity we need a wide range of different kinds of spaces and spaces with different activities and opportunities to appeal to more people.

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

I support a significant expansion of washrooms in Saanich as well as other amenities needed for accessibility and livability such as: water fountains, cooling stations, rain/sun intervention, etc. We know the future is one where we live closer together and do more in public spaces; therefore we need to adjust and enhance our public spaces to meet peoples needs.


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