Doug Wilson – Mayoralty Candidate 2018

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No specific statements or platform concerning cycling and active transportation appear on the candidate’s website. From the candidate’s website (23 September 2018):

  • “Pedestrian route snow removal will be enhanced and improved.”
  • “Public Transit will continue to be supported. A new mandate for our historic Transit system is overdue. Public input will help steer and inform the public of the vital nature of the service'”

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

Q9: ill 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? Yes

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

Q1: “Should we 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?” Maybe

From Vote Winnipeg 2018 (Winnipeg Free Press) accessed 18 Oct 2018:

Q: “What is your position on reopening Portage and Main to pedestrians?” “There is a plebiscite and there are a lot of ideas. I like that. The corner will become the pride of the city with the right leadership, vision and engagement of the rest of the city’s citizens more effectively than has been done in the past. This would include re-examining where the press fits in on divisive issues such as Portage and Main has become.”

Q: “What should Winnipeg’s plan be for the future of public and active transit?” “Public Transit in Winnipeg has lost its momentum when record spending is occurring on infrastructure that has been denigrated even before it has been put in service. Communication and innovation are required for a total makeover of Public Transit.

One citizen explained, “Transit is an ‘industrial business model’…and needs to shift its attention to the rider. Transit needs to move to a ‘Lifestyle business model.’

Public Transit to become free to all in 2022, this in order to make all citizens able to participate in a more active lifestyle.

Re-imagining the network for today’s people on the go is long overdue.”

The candidate completed the 2018 all-candidate environmental survey: A coalition of Winnipeg Environmental Organizations compiled questions for an all-candidate (Mayoral and Councilor) survey with questions relating to the environment, including AT.