Gibsons Candidate Transportation Questionnaire Responses


TraC reached out to Gibsons candidates to gauge how they would support active transportation and transit if elected.  We kept the questionnaire short and easy to answer to increase the chance they would compete it in the four days we gave then.  We hope you find it useful.
Mayoral Candidate Council Candidates
Questions Leslie Thomson Verna Chan Suzanne Senger Carol Doyle
Gibsons adopted a pedestrian and cycling master plan in 2001 and each successive Official Community Plan has included the goal of creating a safe, convenient and connected network accessible to a wide range of residents. Yet, Gibsons remains a patchwork of disconnected cycling and walking routes. Choose the answer that best reflects the approach you would take to further implementing the plan. Develop an implementation plan that would use taxation along with other sources to fund route completion. Develop an implementation plan that would use taxation along with other sources to fund route completion. Develop an implementation plan that would expand where development pays for improvements and other municipal road/water projects occur; seek and utilize grants and other resources to fund route completion. Develop an implementation plan that would use taxation along with other sources to fund route completion.
The continued implementation of the Transit Futures Plan depends heavily on predictable and increased funding, in part from local governments. How would you approach funding this plan? Increase funding to more quickly increase the frequency and/or expand existing bus routes. Increase funding to more quickly increase the frequency and/or expand existing bus routes. Increase funding to more quickly increase the frequency and/or expand existing bus routes. Increase funding to more quickly increase the frequency and/or expand existing bus routes.
How would you approach the demand by some businesses and residents to maintain existing on-street parking in the commercial areas versus the cost effective approach to including dedicated space for cycling and walking that replaces on-street parking with bike lanes or walking path? Mahon, Sunnycrest, Gower Point road and Marine Drive are examples of moderately busy streets with sufficient pavement width for this type of change. Choose the answer that best reflects your approach to allocating road space and resources in this context. Spend what is needed to build or maintain parking and to include space for walking and cycling. Spend what is needed to build or maintain parking and to include space for walking and cycling. Why does it have to be one or the other? I’d like to take a comprehensive look at existing on street parking in the commercial areas and figure out where we can add cycling and walking infrastructure without reducing vehicle parking first. I would support increasing space for dedicated bike lanes by reducing on-street parking. Before implementing this, I would want to bring cyclists and pedestrians together with business owners and residents to talk about what the needs and expectation are and how we can make this work in the best way possible for all parties. Increase space for dedicated bike lanes by reducing on-street parking