Survey Answers - Harm Jacob Woldring

Independent new candidate running for mayor of New Westminster

 

Do you support raising {your municipality’s} community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets to meet or beat the new province-wide standard of 40% by 2030, 60% by 2040 and 80% by 2050 (percentages refer to a reduction below 2007 levels)? [Note that some cities already match the 80% target but lack interim targets, which are crucial to meeting these goals!]

Yes

 

Will you submit a formal request to council to adopt these targets within one year of being elected?

Yes

 

Are you in favour of transparent, annual measuring and reporting of [your municipality’s] community-wide emissions?

Yes

 

Will you submit a formal request to council to ensure transparent, annual measuring and reporting of community-wide emissions, within one year of being elected?

Yes

 

Will you commit to taking a leadership role in ensuring that city council and staff work with community members, businesses, developers, and other stakeholders to achieve these community-wide targets in a meaningful way and within the specified time frame?

Yes

 

Describe three steps you will take during your first year in office to uphold this commitment.

I think there is a great deal that New Westminster can do to help reduce GHG's impacts on our climate. I cannot speak to the specifics in terms of what New West has already done to mitigate its impacts but, I can say that one of the primary concerns of this community is the massive flow of vehicle traffic through the city. One specific concern, as citizens have expressed to me, is the impact of thousands of cars idling in congested traffic. If elected Mayor, with a supportive council, I will work hard, through community involvement, to find better ways to overcome some of these issues. For example, moving away from blocking lanes and congesting traffic to swarm intersections wherever practicable. This would allow us to reopen some currently closed traffic lanes and prioritizing, transit vehicles, pool cars and low and zero emissions traffic along newly re-opened corridors thereby providing an incentive for motorists to explore transit, pool and low and zero emissions vehicles as alternatives to their current ICE powered vehicles. The primary objective for the past 15 years has been to make New West a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly city. While I do believe we have made great progress I also believe a tactical shift is in order. In spite of the changes that have been put in place we continue to have too many pedestrian - vehicle collisions, sometimes with fatal results. I believe swarm intersections will further increase safety, improve traffic flows and consequently help reduce our city's overall GHG impacts.

 

You can reach Harm at harmwoldring@shaw.ca


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