Umar Hayat – Mayoralty Candidate 2018

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Twitter: @UmarforMayor

No specific statements or platform concerning cycling and active transportation appear on the candidate’s website. The website has several statements re snow clearing of sidewalks, improvements to public transit and opposition to rapid transit.

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? No

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

Q: “What is your position on reopening Portage and Main to pedestrians?” “I will not open “Portage and Main”. Say “NO” portage and main.

Big Money Saving: Say No to Portage and Main and Save 14 Million Dollars. This money can be spent to save residential property taxes.

Safety: pedestrians will need at least 45-60 seconds to cross (likely longer). Those with physical constraints will take longer and be at risk.

Congestion: During rush hour, traffic at the intersection moves very slowly, if we open it and let pedestrians cross that will increase congestion and traffic even more then it already is.

Loss of Small Business: Winnipeg’s largest underground shopping mall with over 45 businesses will be strongly affected by opening Portage and Main.”

Q: “What should Winnipeg’s plan be for the future of public and active transit?” “The tariff that was increased in 2018 from 2.70 to 2.95, the tariff will be reduced back to 2.70 as the fare will be reduced by 25 cents. Imagine it is -40 degrees outside, you are waiting for a bus at a bus stop and you have no idea about the actual location of that bus or how long it will take to reach your bus stop. We will be introducing a state-of-the-art-technology to track buses in real time with an app. Subsidized e-bus passes, mobile payments, online bus tracking system, digital bus routes, live traffic updates will be just some of the features of our mobile app.”

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?” No

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.