And thanks to all those in Victoria who invested their confidence in me over the last three. Got more votes this time than last, but the shifting fortunes of electoral math put me a few hundred votes and one spot out of the running.
Back to business, however, or so to speak. I've always got projects on the go on cycling, walking or other transportation initiatives and now, as an outsider, I'll be back in the gallery at city hall where I hope to keep an eye on projects I began or helped to move forward. I see some of those losing momentum and other priorities popping up. I won't be shy about sharing my views and critiques of the city's performance.
I hope also to be launching a "Municipal Watch" element to my johnluton.ca web page and invite comments in on local issues, not just in Victoria, but around the Capital Region.
First up, though, is the seemingly endless debate on what to do with our new Johnson St. Bridge. Shovels have only just been put into the ground to start work moving utility lines and setting up new intersection treatments for cyclists and pedestrians connecting between downtown and the Galloping Goose trail. Still, carping critics have come back with some "new ideas" about how we can design rail into the road bridge, certainly a service we want to see remain in Victoria, but no "solutions" are as simple as those critics would have us believe. Sent some notes back to the local paper after a recent story on bridge plans. Not sure it will get published, so here is what I wrote:
The new bridge debate:
Coming back with some new blogs soon I hope. Already have some critiques aimed at new councillors and they haven't yet taken office!