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.
Hamilton Ward 12 Candidate Megg Markettos
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?
Improving public transit which is already in place. As a large spread out city we need to connect the more suburban areas with the business and education hubs of our city.
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?
Speaking for ward 12, there is no way people would choose the community for its accessibility of environmentally friendly transportation unless they live and work in the immediate community.
Biking options to downtown or to Go Transit Stations is long and unsafe. Bus schedules provide very little options and to make the connections to get across the mountain or downtown can take upwards of a couple of hours.
If we want to reduce the carbon footprint transportation must be improved as we cannot change the geography.
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?
Diversity Equity and Inclusion audits and training from City Hall and out to the city employees including HSR.
Well lit stops and ensuring roads/sidewalks are cleared.
Well lit roadways for cycling and biking as well as ploughing cycling paths around the city with the same priority as roadways.