Quotes from candidate’s website related to cycling and active transportation (accessed October 10, 2018):
- “Accessibility in reference to infrastructure improvements can take many forms. There is the need for wheelchair accessible intersections, as well as bicycle accessibility for ease of access around the city, and general mobility improvements to make our walkways and intersections more welcoming for all.”
- “We have to get serious about looking at rapid transit and all public transit infrastructure on a large scale. As the city’s population continues to grow, public transit becomes a more important accessibility issue for newcomers, students and low-income families. This is why I support rapid transit, but we need a full and final plan for our city. Across Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry, we should look at creating a new biking network through scenic routes along the rivers and major commerce areas.”
- I support opening Portage and Main for accessibility and safety reasons. However, I have concerns about the final cost of this project.
- This issue has been thrust into our campaign in a rather divisive way, and it is distracting from more important issues such as economic growth, poverty reduction, public transit and community improvements like bike lanes and green spaces.
- We should improve accessibility and increase foot traffic at the Portage and Main intersection, but we should do it in a cost-effective way.
- “Increase foot traffic to small businesses by increasing parking options and building new bike paths to and from Osborne. The easier it is for tourists and Winnipeggers to shop and spend time in the Village, the more business we will generate.”
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: “A modern growing city needs to be a well-connected city. We need to modernize our fleet with more electric buses, and improve scheduling in key business areas like Corydon and Osborne. If elected, I will advocate for a full and final Bus Rapid Transit plan for our city. This needs to be a long-term plan that lays out a central hub and very clear dedicated transit corridors that connect each direction to Downtown. After so many years of BRT planning, we only have an incomplete Southern corridor that is being worked on with no clear vision for what comes next. We need to modernize our fleet with more electric buses, and improve scheduling in key business areas.
Many voters have given up on this project because too much money has been wasted, which is why we need a clear fully costed plan to be transparent with taxpayers. This issue should not hang over Winnipeg elections forever with no clear vision and plan.”
Q: “What is your position on reopening Portage and Main to pedestrians?”
A: “I support opening the intersection for accessibility reasons, and I believe more foot traffic above ground is good for business Downtown. However, I have concerns about the final cost and design of this project. We should incorporate local artists and architects to do something creative with the iconic intersection. I do not think this should be a priority issue in this election.”
Email Correspondence with Bike Winnipeg dated October 11, 2018:
The City has been getting more serious about bike paths in recent years, and as City Councillor I would definitely work to continue expanding biking and walking options in a way that beautifies our communities while also increasing accessibility for everyone.
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.