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 Ward 5 Candidate Paul Sharman
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?
The primary focus of the report is on Hamilton. Burlington’s issues are rather different, our population is also quite different. When it comes to Burlington, our active transportation plan is somewhat constrained and could be more ambitious. Setting that aside since BACC is about climate change mitigation, I would say none of the recommendations struck me as being sufficiently focused on the future. Widespread deployment of electric vehicles will provide the most significant step towards reduction in GHG. Autonomous buses open the door for deployment of small on-demand transit vehicles that will be provide more convenient, reliable and equitable transportation at lower cost than todays mostly empty GHG belching, largely empty, generally unnecessarily large Burlington buses.
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?
Small, on demand, autonomous electric transit vehicles
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?
Complete segregated cycle trax + small, on demand, autonomous electric transit vehicles