2017 Election Survey Ward 9

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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


 

Gian-Carlo Carra

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

Absolutely. Delivering a full network in one move was necessary as it was the only way to provide Calgarians with the data to support any go-forward strategy. With that proof, I look forward to championing the expansion of the network in the 2018-2020 budget. 

 

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

Absolutely. Over the next four years I’m committed to securing:

The 42 Avenue SE river-to-river MUP designed, funded and built.

The Chinook to 42 Avenue MUP along the Red Line funded and built.

The 19 Avenue SE cycle track through Greater Forest Lawn and connected to the SE17 Transitway Bridge MUP designed, funded and built.

The 8 Avenue SE “bicycle alley” between the SE17 Transitway
Bridge MUP and the Traverse designed, funded and built.

The 12 Street SE cycle track between the Bow River and the GreenLine MUP designed, funded and built.

A number of other routes conceptualized, designed and on a funding path such as 9 St in Ramsay and Fairmont Drive.

 


 

Cheryl Link

No response. 

 


 

Boss Madimba

No response. 

 


 

David Metcalfe

No response. 

 


 

Omar M'keyo

No response.

 


 

Cesar Saavedra

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

Yes, I do support the extension of the cycle track network from downtown to other areas. I think that it is not only needed but is at the heart of the success of the entire project, as the more options are given to the public, more bikers will feel compelled to use the tracks, not to mention new adepts in the city. I think that bicycle traffic in the city a good one.

 

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

Definitely yes, especially in the Ward 9, given that they are appropriately integrated in the existing infrastructure. Our area is strategically situated along riverbanks and along major highways on the east side of downtown. Bicycle tracks would be a common sense addition to our communities. Our communities and residents should be on the move, for physical and environmental reasons and the cycle track network helps to do just that.