A booming South Island population means more cars on our roads than ever before, and the stress on our road systems will only increase with time. Everything we can do now to grow alternative transportation methods and reduce congestion in the city will benefit both drivers and non-drivers alike.
We must make the bus a more attractive, affordable and realistic option – that’s why we support working closely with BC Transit on creative solutions to increase ridership. And by targeting zero pedestrian deaths, we improve the walkability of our city and protect neighbourhoods.
REMOVE FARES FOR YOUTH
Allowing youth under the age of 18 to take the bus for free gives parents a needed break and helps foster a lifelong relationship with public transit.
CHEAPER BUS PASSES BASED ON INCOME
Lowering the cost of transit for those who need it most will boost ridership help make our city more accessible to all, and ensure no one is denied a job because they can’t afford the trip into work.
COMPLETE THE WEST SHORE TRANSIT LINK
The completion of this bus corridor is a critical step towards reducing traffic on our roads. While Victoria residents won’t be the regular users of this route, this will have a huge impact on reducing congestion coming in the city. As the bus route is completed and as ridership increases, let’s look to the future by keeping the option of light rail on the table.
ZERO PEDESTRIAN DEATHS
Traffic-calming measures like lowering speed limits in residential neighbourhoods, mid-block crossings, and pedestrian-activated crosswalks will improve Victoria’s walkability, and contribute to our target of zero pedestrian deaths.
ADDING COVERED BIKE STORAGE
The amount of bike storage in popular areas is a key factor in the decision to cycle. Expanding bike storage on municipal property will further encourage residents to choose their bike over their car for short trips.
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