Venkat Machiraju – Mayoralty Candidate 2018

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Twitter: @PunditVenkat

No specific statements or platform concerning cycling and active transportation appear on the candidate’s website or social media (accessed 5 Oct 2018).

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? No

Q9: Will you commit to completing the downtown protected bike lane network in your next term? No

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

Q: “What is your position on reopening Portage and Main to pedestrians?” “We don’t want open portage and main”

“What should Winnipeg’s plan be for the future of public and active transit?” “Litb rsil using our present freight train tracks and using downtown station as the Central station build few stations at different locations and have small busses to take people closer to their destination”

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?” Yes

Q2: “After completing construction that has already started on the Southwest Transitway, should we scrap the rest of rapid transit?” Yes

The candidate did not complete 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.