Kerry Davis runs Cowichan Valley campaign on the 3Bs of Green transportation
Duncan, BC - Kerry Davis, Green Party of BC candidate for the Cowichan Valley, doesn’t just talk the talk when it comes to environmentally responsible transportation, he walks the walk. He also rides his bike and takes the bus whenever he can in his numerous trips between his home in Mill Bay and his campaign office and events in Duncan. When bus schedules and time don't allow, Kerry gets around in his bio-diesel-powered car.
Davis calls it a 3B campaign: bike, bus and biodiesel-powered. He wants to set a positive example and draw attention to the importance of alternatives to fossil-fuel-powered transportation, some of which have been developed in the Cowichan Valley. "The Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op is doing a fabulous service! They collect used cooking oil to produce bio-diesel, so they are turning potential waste into a very useful product. There is no competition with food crops at all, so it really is part of the solution." The Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op can be found at smellbetter.org.
He has learned first-hand that taking transit can be time-consuming and the schedule is limiting. "There is a lot of room for improvement with the bus schedules and routes. I can often ride the 20 km between Mill Bay and Duncan in less time than it would take on the bus," he says. "I think more direct and more frequent bus trips and separate bike lanes would encourage people to get out of their cars along the Trans Canada Highway."
Many people don't use the transit service because it's impractical, or they are intimidated by traffic on the highway when on their bicycles.
"The Green Party would put some of the carbon tax revenue into transit to make it a practical alternative to driving."
Davis would like to see bike paths connecting frontage roads along the Trans-Canada Highway and in other areas where they could be used by commuters and tourists alike. As a railroad enthusiast, he is also a strong proponent of making commuter rail a reality on Vancouver Island.
"It would be a real waste of existing infrastructure not to use the rail corridor to its full potential," he says.
In the meantime, watch for Kerry Davis on his bike, on the bus, or walking through your neighbourhood!
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