SCRD Candidate Transportation Questionnaire Responses

TraC reached out to SCRD 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.
SCRD Area Director Candidates
Mike Price Andreas Tize Steve Baker Donna McMahon
Questions Area A Area D Area D Area E
1. The SCRD Trails Plan and Official Community Plans include specific projects to improve active transportation, i.e.walking, cycling and transit. During your term on council, what priority would you place on implementing the active transportation components?
Low, Medium, High
High High High High
2. 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?
a) Maintain the current funding plan
b) Increase funding to more quickly increase the frequency and/or expand existing bus routes.
c) Reduce local government contributions and decrease transit service. We cannot afford to fund this plan.
Maintain current funding plan. Maintain current funding plan. Increase funding Maintain current funding plan.
3. How would you, in your role as elected official, promote active transportation on the Sunshine Coast?
Mike Price, Area A Need to look at other forms of transportation that address demand without adding expensive bus routes. Ride share, subsidized taxi, uber etc.
Andreas Tize, Area D I will be actively working on a co-management agreement with the MOT to enable the SCRD to build and maintain walking and biking paths on MOT land.
Steve Baker, Area D Assess schedules to compliment business hours for creating friendly transit for workers and customers. In addition, advocate for a regular schedule for weekends to meet the ferry schedule.
Assess the need for regular transit to the Pender Harbour area.
Donna McMahon, Area E Encourage the SCRD to build more connector paths for pedestrians and cyclists. In some key areas, see if we can negotiate right-of-way so paths can go through. This is especially important for safe routes to school. Better paths would also be good for tourism.

Re-invigorate the regional Transportation Advisory Committee, and work with the other municipalities to get MOTI to commit to key road improvements. An example would be paved shoulders on Reed Road, which has become the Gibsons bypass whether we like it or not.

I would walk, cycle or take the bus to meetings as much as possible. It’s always good to model healthy behaviour. I’d also encourage car pooling. And we should do what we can to make transit more attractive (e.g. build some bus shelters, install crosswalks at key intersections, get a phone app that reports when a bus is coming).

Finally, while it’s not exactly active, working with the Car Co-op to encourage car sharing is a way to help reduce our environmental footprint and change how people think about transportation.