2017 Election Survey Ward 4

 Ward_4.jpg

 

As part of our ongoing efforts to promote safe cycling infrastructure in Calgary, Calgarians for Cycle Tracks conducted a candidate survey in key wards for the 2017 municipal election. Calgary has made significant progress since 2013 with the opening of the Cycle Track Network, which has logged over a million trips, increased the proportion of people cycling downtown as well as the number of female, youth and elderly riders.

 

 

But we know the network is incomplete. It ends abruptly at 17th Avenue SW, 11th Street SW,  4th Street SE and 3rd Avenue SW. That's why it's important that the next City Council we elect understands the importance of extending the network to bring safe cycling infrastructure to more neighbourhoods.

 

Candiate Responses


 

Blair Berdusco

1.    Do you support extending the downtown Cycle Track Network to provide safe connections by bike to more communities in Calgary?

Yes. I would like to see the City address the rapid lane changes for motor vehicles on 12th Ave S though, if you don't drive downtown much it can catch you by surprise. Either the signage needs to improve or the vehicle lanes need attention. I do think cycling is a very popular alternative to personal vehicle use and I support making every Calgarians choice in transportation safe.

 

2.    Do you support addressing gaps in safe bicycle infrastructure in more communities in your ward by building bike lanes and cycle tracks?

Yes. The operative word there is safe. I want every Calgarian, no matter which form of transportation they choose, car, bike, skateboard, feet or transit, to be safe moving throughout Calgary. I believe bike lanes have a place, we just need to be smart about where they are located. Something I think the City could improve upon is communication and education when bike lanes are introduced to communities. Many drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are uneducated on who has the right of way and how each mode of transportation is required to interact with the other. This should be a larger consideration every time cycle lanes are introduced. 

 


 

Sean Chu

No response.

 


 

Srini Ganti

1.    Do you support extending the downtown Cycle Track Network to provide safe connections by bike to more communities in Calgary?

Yes, I am cognizant of the enormous benefits to the economy of vehicle miles avoided by a combination of walking and bicycling. That bicycling means businesses. I am willing to examine and  educate myself more on the options to connect more communities by bike and will support bike education programs and bike-sharing programs.

 

2.    Do you support addressing gaps in safe bicycle infrastructure in more communities in your ward by building bike lanes and cycle tracks?

Yes, I will support connecting bike infrastructure, to create quality routes needed to get people biking to where they want to.

 


 

Greg Miller

1.    Do you support extending the downtown Cycle Track Network to provide safe connections by bike to more communities in Calgary?

Yes. We need to focus on making our streets safer for all modes of transportation: walking, biking, riding transit and driving. Safe and separate infrastructure for cyclists makes sense. I have spoken in council before in favour of sensible investments in bike infrastructure. I would do the same if elected councillor.

 

2.    Do you support addressing gaps in safe bicycle infrastructure in more communities in your ward by building bike lanes and cycle tracks?

Yes, as long new bike lanes are safe and do not create contention with other modes of transportation.