Brian Bowman – Mayoralty Candidate 2018

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No specific statements or platform, as of October 10, 2018, concerning cycling and active transportation appear on the candidate’s website.

Candidate’s responses to the walk/bike related questions asked at the Mayoral Fast Pitch & Forum held at the U of W on Tuesday, September 18th

Q7: Will you direct the Public Works Department to create a package of walking and cycling infrastructure priority projects worth more than $100 Million dollars and put it as a top priority for the next round of funding from the Investing in Canada Plan? Yes/No

Q9: Will you commit to completing the downtown protected bike lane network in your next term? Yes

Q10: Will you support full funding of the Active Transportation Network – Winter Maintenance Strategy, passed by council on June 21st, 2018, in the 2019 Budget? Yes

Q13: Would you support implementing a policy for the City of Winnipeg, similar to what has been implemented in Vancouver, that prioritizes walking, cycling, public transit and shared-vehicles over single occupant vehicles? No

From Vote Winnipeg 2018 (Winnipeg Free Press) accessed 2 Oct 2018:

Q: “What should Winnipeg’s plan be for the future of public and active transit?”

A: “We have consistently supported annual increases in the tax-supported subsidy to Transit ($66.4 million in 2018 compared to $55.1 million in 2017) despite provincial operating funding being frozen and despite the Province unilaterally eliminating the 50/50 funding agreement, which created a $10 million shortfall in the Winnipeg Transit operating budget. And despite operating costs increasing each year, we have managed to keep transit fares amongst the lowest compared to other major Canadian cities.

I also recently supported a motion directing the Public Service to present options and recommendations on a new low income bus pass program for consideration in the 2019 Budget. Moreover, I will be committing to exploring more initiatives that improve the Transit experience, including the adoption of high frequency bus networks, a larger deployment of electric buses and expanding BRT. However, expansion of our BRT network requires strong funding partnerships with both our provincial and federal governments and I will continue to call on both the provincial and federal governments to continue to support this vital City asset.

The City is currently undertaking a system-wide operational review of transit that will assess opportunities to improve the service in the future. I will continue to support Transit services and work to modernize the system, and I will continue to call on the Province to collaborate with the City of Winnipeg to bring Transit to the next level.

With respect to active transportation, we’ve invested a record $40.6 million over the last four years in all infrastructure related to pedestrian and cycling activity in support of our award winning strategy, and have continued investments planned in the long-term capital budget.”

From 11 Oct 2018 mayoral debate on CBC. Yes or No only response

Q1: “Should we put put bike infrastructure on the back burner in our car city?” No

Q2: “After completing construction that has already started on the Southwest Transitway, should we scrap the rest of rapid transit?” No