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Municipal Election 2018

This Oct 20th, voters from across our region will choose new councils to guide our municipalities for the next four years. The last four years have been amazing for biking with many km of new bike lanes, but in order to keep moving forward, your vote is essential.

What are we asking for?

The GVCC is asking candidates two questions:

  1. Do you support building a community-wide network of all ages and abilities (“AAA”) bike routes in the next four years?
  2. Do you support a specific route within your muni (see below for the specific questions?<

How did the candidates answer?

See below for the candidates answers to the survey we asked as part of the Victorians for Transportation Choice. We’ve posted responses from Victoria, Saanich, Oak Bay and Esquimalt below.

Victoria – Mayoral

Do you support building a community-wide network of all ages and abilities (“AAA”) bike routes in the next four years?Do you support completing the downtown AAA bikeway grid on Wharf St, Humboldt St and Vancouver St?Notes
Saul Andersendid not answer survey
Rob Duncandid not answer survey
Michael GeogheganYes I love the galloping goose and lochside trails and routes that are away from heavy traffic are safer and less stressful for all concerned especially middle aged cyclists like myself.I prefer bike lanes to be demarked by paint rather than hardscaped in. I frequently bike along Vancouver Street from my apartment on Queens Avenue.
Stephen HammondYes, I support building a community-wide network. We will take the time to do it well with community consultation and excellent, safe project design and management. We must provide accurate costing to avoid the cost overruns experienced on Pandora and Fort. Residents need to know what they are approving.The completion of this bikeway grid seems logical. However, I would resolve the issues on Pandora and Fort first, reconfirm the plans with the affected communities, modify plans as required and then proceed. I want to work with the communities, not force unwanted actions on them.Newcouncil stated on Facebook page that “We will pause all bike lane construction”
Lisa HelpsIndeed. Victoria is already well underway toward this goal with the intention of completing a 30km network of bike lanes, including a connected loop in the downtown zone.Yes!Voted for Pandora, Fort, Wharf, Humboldt and Vancouver St bike lanes
David JohnstonNo. We have no money, and I would be offering challenges (with awards) for people who can come up with plans that utilize municipal land and gear.I’d have to learn more but probably not, as the taxpayer is in fantastic debt.
Bruce McGuigandid not answer survey
Ryan Moen (Rymo)It would be easy to say “yes” to such a vague idea, however without any detail of time line, budget, or structures of any sort – no.Yaaas
Alexander Schmiddid not answer survey
Krzysztof Zmuda(candidate answered survey, but not these questions)

Victoria – Council

Do you support building a community-wide network of all ages and abilities (“AAA”) bike routes in the next four years?Do you support completing the downtown AAA bikeway grid on Wharf St, Humboldt St and Vancouver St?Notes
Gary Albertsdid not answer surveyNewcouncil stated on Facebook page that “We will pause all bike lane construction”
Marianne AltoYes – and we need to seek funding from sources beyond the city to accelerate the plan and reduce the reliance on city taxpayers.Yes – I’ve already voted for this to move forward, and I believe we can do better with each leg as we learn from the evolving experience.Voted for Pandora, Fort, Wharf, Humboldt and Vancouver St bike lanes
Stephen Andrewdid not answer surveyNewcouncil stated on Facebook page that “We will pause all bike lane construction”
Darlene Archibaldyes. I would like to see if we could create bike lanes that are entirely separate from vehicle lanes. Not sure where that would be best to investigate but the bike paths in Sidney are much nicer as they are very separate from the highway/
Laurel CollinsYes. We believe that a safe and accessible bike network which connects our entire community should be completed without delay.Yes. Though we prefer the Cook St route (as opposed to Vancouver St), it is most important to complete the bikeway grid in a timely fashion.
Sharmarke DubowYes. We believe that a safe and accessible bike network which connects our entire community should be completed without delay.Yes. Though we prefer the Cook St route (as opposed to Vancouver St), it is most important to complete the bikeway grid in a timely fashion.
Steve FilipovicI support cycling and understand that we need to develop safe cycling structure in Victoria.No. Not at this time. Our City has had long running issues that are still being ignored. Investments in Affordable Housing take precedent over more unnecessary spending on Bike lanes.
Marg GardinerI support the building of a community wide network but in a longer time frame than 4 years. We do not have the fiscal capacity or planning to do it that quickly. The existing downtown lanes must first be resolved vis a vis BC Transit and those with mobility challenges.I believe we need bike lanes to go N-S downtown and Wharf appears to be the most logical. However, the consultation must be reopened to ensure that problems as encountered with the Pandora and Fort lanes are minimised, and alternate routing be discussed if problems encountered. Many residents and businesses have been slighted due to the limited consultation of the Pandora/Fort lanes; we need to have full consultation or the backlash may derail active transportation efforts.
Riga Godrondid not answer survey
James HarasymowIf we could do it cost effectively without disrupting the flow of traffic, loosing space for busses to drive safely, and without loosing parking, than yes. If not, then no.No. One day maybe, but not yet.
Rose Henrydid not answer survey
Ben IsittYes. I have advocated for the completion of an all-ages-and-abilities bike network connecting all Victoria neighbourhoods without delay.I support the Wharf and Humboldt bikeways. My preference for the north-south bike corridor at the eastern end of Downtown is to use Cook Street.Voted for Pandora, Fort, Wharf, Humboldt and Vancouver St bike lanes
Jesse Jimenezdid not answer survey
Randie JohalI support the building of a community-wide network that does work for all ages and abilities. We have heard from many residents that the current design has resulted in many: bike on bike accidents pedestrian and bike accidents bike and car accidents There needs to be greater consultation with all to provide a better, safer design. The bike lanes are an excellent alternative for all and need to be safe as the greatest priority. Some of the changes we were asked to do, single direction bike lane, yellow yield indication for bicyclist intersections where currently only green and red lights, wider lanes for the buses from the current 3 meters on these routes.We need to have full consultation in order of have a functioning active transportation system. Lack of engagement with Fort Street businesses was a mistake that should not be repeated. Lack of consultation with accessible representatives should not be repeated. Costs need to be considered when moving forward with the grid as we must be fiscally responsible.Newcouncil stated on Facebook page that “”We will pause all bike lane construction””
Edison Kahakauwiladid not answer survey
Anna KingI believe that much of Victoria requires better visibility and accessibility for AAA bike routes, particularly outside of the downtown core. I understand that many citizens are concerned about the cost and concentration of bike routes as well, so I hope to strike a balance in Victoria that meets the needs of our large cycling population while maintaining accessibility for those who may be in wheelchairs and require cars for transportation.I support the completion of an additional bike lane that runs North/South, as well as reflective paint and bike lane priority on Wharf Street that still allows for vehicle accessibility into the Inner Harbour for wheelchair users and others who are unable to cycle or walk. Further, if Government Street is to be closed to cars, it would be considerate to have Wharf easily accessible by cars so that citizens in wheelchairs are able to enjoy the Inner Harbour as well.
Sean LeitenbergYesYes but only after proper consultation and examination of the budget and design.
Grace LoreYes.Yes.
Jeremy LovedayI will continue to advocate for building a complete and connected cycling network that is safe and convenient for people of all ages and abilities. I support a rapid and cost-effective implementation that utilizes pilot project treatments where appropriate.Yes, I do. We need to finish these routes in order to have a minimum grid of safe cycling infrastructure in downtown Victoria.Voted for Pandora, Fort, Wharf, Humboldt and Vancouver St bike lanes
Pam MadoffI do, but we could do a much better job in ensuring that while we improve mobility for cyclists that we identify, and mitigate, the perhaps unintended consequences that they can create for pedestrians, people with mobility or visual or auditory challenges. Any changes to transportation infrastructure should be able to demonstrate how these improvements are a benefit to all.I have supported this direction but would welcome the opportunity for the public to be able to view the plans and offer their suggestions. It is also important that we learn from the mistakes and successes that were experienced with the construction of the Pandora/Fort infrastructure.
Delmar MartayYesYes
Sarah PottsYes. We believe that a safe and accessible bike network which connects our entire community should be completed without delay.Yes. Though we prefer the Cook St route (as opposed to Vancouver St), it is most important to complete the bikeway grid in a timely fashion.
Andrew ReeveI generally support a comprehensive bike network – but it must actually be that, a bike network that works for people of all ages and abilities. The current bike lanes that have been developed are not only hurting some of our local businesses but they are also putting at risk those with visual impairments as well as novice cyclists. Unidirectional bike lanes should have been the priority from day one. When it comes to a community-wide bike network, it is vital that we have proper community engagement that includes residents with diverse abilities, local residents and business owners, transportation experts, community planners, BC Transit, emergency first responders, and other stakeholders. We also must remember that biking is but one form of active transportation. We need an active transportation network that supports a range of modalities – wheelchairs, strollers, pedestrians, skateboarders, and transit-users, not just prioritizing cyclists above all others.As someone that was a proponent of moving the planned Cook Street bike lane to Vancouver Street, I am well aware of the lack of engagement over several years with regard to the bike lane network. I am thrilled the city finally heard us after so many years but it highlights the fact that we need proper consultation on the second phase. The portions of Vancouver & Wharf Street that link Fort & Pandora make sense, but I don’t believe anything further than that (including the parts of Wharf & Vancouver that are South of Fort) currently has the social license to proceed, especially given the cost overruns and lack of proper consultation. I know many James Bay residents felt blind-sided by the fact that the overall plan for Wharf Street runs into their neighbourhood according to Phase 4 of Biketoria. Until it was pointed out by some, most were unaware of this as Wharf Street itself does not continue into James Bay, so they believed the plan did not pertain to them. This was another misstep in the botched consultation that has marred what should have been a simple and uncontroversial process. Broad community engagement will need to occur to mitigate the challenges faced, and frustration voiced, during the development of the Pandora and Fort bike lanes. We must also ensure that when building active transportation infrastructure, we do so in a fiscally responsible way. Bike lanes are great part of an active transportation network, but if residents do not feel as though their concerns are being heard and their tax dollars respected, then that is doing more harm than good to the active transportation discussion.Newcouncil stated on Facebook page that “We will pause all bike lane construction”
Jordan ReichertYes. I would like to see a network that connects all of Victoria’s neighbourhoods in consultation with communities and local businesses to realize the most ideal routes in each.Yes. I will support the currently planned corridors and will seek further community consultation with neighbourhoods and businesses to find the best path to move forward on expanding the cycling network.
Ted Smithdid not answer survey
Doug Stewartdid not answer survey
William Tatedid not answer survey
Charylane Thornton-JoeYes, this reduces the reliance on cars and improves community wellness. Funding must be sought to make sure that this is achievable.Yes, but this decision is reliant on necessary information and funds. We also need to learn from the experience of Fort and Pandora Streets and take those lessons learned to make necessary changes.Voted for Pandora, Wharf, Humboldt and Vancouver St bike lanes. Missed vote on Fort St
Geoff YoungYes, I have supported, though I feel it is important to ensure design and costs are optimized and this may have benefitted from more time to observe experience and study.I did support. Though I felt Fort street went ahead too quickly, given that decision I supported completing the linkage between them and rebuilding two intersections that are hostile to pedestrians.Voted for Pandora, Fort, Wharf, and Humbodlt bike lanes. Ha concerns with Vancouver as a corridor and timing of decision

Saanich – Mayoral

Do you support building a community-wide network of all ages and abilities (“AAA”) bike routes in the next four years?Do you support building a protected bike lane on Gorge Rd?
Richard AtwellSaanich Active Transportation Plan (ATP) envisions a “AAA” network an I continue to support it.Yes but not at the expense of a reduction in the number of lanes on Gorge Road. However, most of the length of Gorge Road from Jutland to Admirals has a sufficient frontage on the south side to accomodate a two way raised bike lane akin to what has been built on Tillcum Road next to Hampton Park.
Fred HaynesYes. As our budgets permit. We are already underway with this with the recently adopted Active Transportation Plan. As we see more development in our corridors, so we will receive additional funding to improve our bike route networks.Yes. Protected bike lanes help increase alternate transportation choices. I would work with Victoria and Saanich in design and timing.
David Shebibdid not answer survey
Rob WicksonYesAbsolutely

Saanich – Council

Do you support building a community-wide network of all ages and abilities (“AAA”) bike routes in the next four years?Do you support building a protected bike lane on Gorge Rd?
Benjamin AllanYesGenerally speaking yes.
Trevor BarryI want to say yes: but (#spoileralert) if so, then the cycling community is going to have to start paying for some of this capital infrastructure spend. Or… focus on demand side management, TDM, and watch as the #invisiblehand gently pushes us all onto two-shoe/wheel modes.Sure. But so should everybody else. See above.
Susan BriceYes as funds permit.Yes I do and I believe that Saanich and Victoria should work together to ensure compatible design and scheduling.
Teale Phelps BondaroffYes, it’s key that cycling infrastructure is accessible for people of all ages and abilities.I support expanding our cycling infrastructure network, and I would listen to local residents and engineers to determine if a protected bike lane is the best form of infrastructure for this particular situation.
Judy BrownoffSaanich uses this but due to size of Saanich building a “community wide” network might be in those highest population areas with this design, but rural areas might be different. It depends on road rights of way and density. Types of networks are defined in our adopted Active Transportation Plan.It has been in our work plan, now in Active Transportation Plan. There is some “technical” issue around Victoria road design. It is in short term work to be completed.
Kathleen BurtonAs mentioned earlier, I believe we have to take an approach that will not aggravate traffic problems. I prefer to look at the use of secondary roads and to encourage the use existing infrastructure, such as Lochside Trail. Not only do I believe this to be a safer approach, I think it will be a more economically viable one as well.To be honest, Gorge Road had not been an area that I had previously given much thought to in terms of bike lanes, and I used to live on Gorge Road. I think this is because I always found it each to hop on to the goose when living in that area. I would be open to the idea if carefully assessed, in terms of priority to other projects and as related to bike lanes in general whether alternate routes or secondary roads may make more sense.
Nathalie ChambersYes. I think this is a beautiful goal that has been identified in the Saanich Active Transportation plan. In four years we can get alot done. If we all work together.Yes. I understand it has been identified as a priority area and has now been included in the Active Transportation plan.
Karen HarperI believe that using secondary roads that connect to major trails is an approach that can help us achieve a network much faster and at a more reasonable cost.I am willing to consider this, but it needs to be carefully assessed, not only in terms of relative priority, but also whether there are other, alternate routes or secondary roads options available.
Ian Jessopdid not answer survey
Vernon D Lorddid not answer survey
Cory Montgomerydid not answer survey
Rebecca MersereauMy spending priority will be addressing the severely inadequate condition/non-existent status of our sidewalk infrastructure in Saanich. I support moving in the direction of AAA bike routes in Saanich (providing more transportation options is a critical way to help young families afford to live here), but it my opinion (as a commuter cyclist and a member of Saanich’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility Committee) a complete community-wide AAA network is unfortunately not an attainable goal in the next four years. I expect, and hope, Saanich will continue to work toward this vision, which is well laid out in our new Active Transportation Plan.We have a separated bike lane along most of Saanich’s share of Gorge Road that I believe to be more effective than many in our municipality because of its width and the decent road width. I think we should extend this lane to the City of Victoria’s boundary using a protected lane design. I believe ensuring cyclists have a safe way to cross the Tillicum bridge should be a higher priority than retrofitting the existing lanes on Gorge to protected lanes.
Shawn NewbyI support continuing to upgrade and redesign the roadways within Saanich to accommodate all modes of transportation.I support bike lanes on Gorge and where the room allows they should be protected.
Colin PlantYes. Saanich is again working on this through the Active Transportation Plan. While the plan will take more than four years, I am supportive of the implementation of such a network as quickly as we can. It is difficult to pledge this in four years given the size of Saanich and other equally-valid initiatives.YES! In my opinion the Saanich portion of the Gorge should be ‘road-dieted’ down to three lanes, providing room for better cycling and pedestrian infrastructure. Why the road expands into a freeway once you hit Saanich has never made sense to me.
Art Pollarddid not answer survey
Rishi Sharmayes, something I would be interested in discussingyes, something I would be interested in discussing
Ned TaylorCertainly. As a cyclist I’m passionate about creating a better bike network across Greater Victoria.I’m open to this, but I think Saanich needs to identify which streets in the community need bike lanes and which have the highest priority. Then we can implement long-term plans into our budget and plan for creating a connected bike network.
Zac de VriesYes absolutely, it is critical that such a vibrant network is accessible to people of all age and abilities!In principle yes, I would consult with neighbors and engineers, but at the very least that road needs a bike lane.

Oak Bay

Do you support building a community-wide network of all ages and abilities (“AAA”) bike routes in the next four years?Do you support building a protected bike lane on Cadboro Bay Rd to connect to Ecole Willows School?
Nils JensenI am a proponent of the 8/80 model of biking routes. Such an project would of necessity stretch well beyond the next 4 years. Having studied what happened in Copenhagen with their protected biking lanes it appears such an initiative would take significant time to plan and implement. Copenhagen has been working on their plan since the 60’s.Yes. Our new bike lanes along Cadboro run between Foul Bay and Bowker. The next phase should be connecting up with Willows.
Kevin Murdochdid not answer survey
Andrew AppletonYes. With the recognition that building a complete network is highly ambitious in four years, we should be actively working towards this goal. As a “community-wide” network for a municipality like Oak Bay necessarily means connections to our neighbours in Saanich and Victoria, I would like to see Oak Bay be proactive in reaching out to them to prioritize key cycling routes that will benefit all three municipalities. The AAA standard has been proven to encourage people to adopt cycling and should be implemented wherever possible.Yes. The District should prioritize the allocation of resources to complete the lane to fully protected standard. These resources should be added to amenity contributions for improvements to the Cadboro Bay / Bowker intersection committed as part of the Bowker development. Safe cycling routes to Oak Bay schools should be the highest priority.
Hazel Braithwaitedid not answer survey
Anton BrakhageYes.Tentatively yes.
Cairine GreenYes, provided the network is well planned in consultation with the community and funding is balanced with other competing infrastructure needs and priorities.Yes, and that work to my understanding has already begun, with a new bike lane to Oak Bay High School opened in late August.
Isabella Leedid not answer survey
Tara Neydid not answer survey
Esther Patersondid not answer survey
Andrew Stinsondid not answer survey
Ronald TelferYesYes
Eric Zhelkadid not answer survey


Do you support building a community-wide network of all ages and abilities (“AAA”) bike routes in the next four years?Do you support building a protected AAA bike lane on Lampson and Tillicum roads?
Barb DesjardinsCertainly we must look at this opportunity and the financial support to achieve this. We have significant young families in Esquimalt which mean safety in transit must be a priority to keeping people activeI am waiting for the results of the public input on this corridor for this as to its viability from cycling perspective
John R RoeI don’t know the finances of Esquimalt , I have tried repeatedly to get four years of line items budgets to no avail and what we own in underground and aboveground infrastructure , our current sewers and storm sewers will cost 70 million +++++ to Esquimalt Taxpayer, so unless its paid for from private or senior government the answer is noSee above
Ken Armourdid not answer survey
Meagan Bramedid not answer survey
Veronica GreerYesYes, if it was safe and easy to use for all.
Jacob HelliwellThis could be beneficial for our community, but I would like to better understand community interests on this idea, the potential costs, and whether there are any opportunities to partner with developers or other communities in the Capital Region.I am supportive of establishing a north-south cycling connection within Esquimalt. I think we need to carefully consider the best location for this route, including geographic challenges and maximizing connections to other cycling infrastructure, such as the E&N corridor and other cycling routes being developed by Saanich along Tillicum Road.
Andrew HrushowyPossibly – if this would be done in conjunction with the Capital Regional District and all other municipalities working together.Perhaps. A complete and thorough public review would need to be done in conjunction with an overall transportation study and plan to determine feasibility, safety, legalities, costs, and other impacts including any requirement for purchasing private property. Extensive public consultation would also be required.
Lynda Hundlebydid not answer survey
Chris Munkacsidid not answer survey
Tim MorrisonYes. Esquimalt is a very family-friendly community. Families should feel safe and comfortable cycling together within our community.This is certainly a safety priority for cycling in Esquimalt. We have recently done a public input study on the current and future needs and priorities for this corridor and I await the results of that study for actioning by the incoming Council.
Stephane VaudandaineYesyes
Jane VermeulenI think that “all ages and abilities” bike routes would be ideal as Esquimalt is a growing community. I am not sure how extensive it can be made in the next four years!Not sure at this time as I believe it is still in “study mode”.

Who are Victorians for Transportation Choice?

We have partnered with five othe organizations to ask candidates if they support building the network, as well as a host of other walking, biking, transit, placemaking and climate change questions to create Victorians for Transportation Choice.

You can read the full set of candidate responses to more than just the biking questions on the Victorians for Transportation Choice responses page.

Other groups are Walk On, Victoria; Better Transit Alliance; Island Transformations; BC Sustainable Energy Association and the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network.

GVCC’s election policies

The GVCC does not endorse any candidates or slates, nor will we recommend voting for or against any specific candidate. We encourage voters to get informed via the VTC questionnaire and vote bike.