BACCC asked all municipal candidates for their views on environmentally-friendly transportation options, presenting them with these three questions. Views expressed are solely those of the candidates and do not reflect the views of BACCC or its members. All responses have been reviewed to ensure appropriateness and relevance to the questions posed. We encourage you to make an informed decision by researching your local candidates.
Burlington Mayoral Candidate Anne Marsden
From the recommendations in BACCC’s Options for Travel report, which would be your top priority to enact to ensure safe, reliable, convenient and equitable transportation options?
There is a category missing from the report and that is those with disabilities that requires inclusion. All recommendations are good but I would like to believe we could review the feasibility of offering free public transit during the Holiday Season, to complement the existing program for free parking downtown to encourage local shopping.
If environmentally friendly transportation options are not convenient, residents will be less likely to choose those options over driving.
What steps would you take to ensure environmentally friendly transportation options are convenient?
Encurage those with the expertise to come to Council and educate us on what we need to do to ensure environmentally friendly transportation options are convenient. Presently in Burlington you can charge your electric car but not your electric mobility scoter that those with disablities depend upon. I have heard this complaint from those with mobility disabilities for years now and have communicated it to Council with no effect.
Environmentally friendly transportation needs to be perceived as safe in order to be viewed as a viable option.
What steps would you take to ensure all users feel safe when using all transportation methods?
Incident Reports where safety has been compromised needs to be reported on an ongoing basis to Committee and Council to allow the situations to be addressed so all users feel safe.