Last night’s mayoral debate between Carl DeMaio and Bob Filner occurred at my workplace, the University of San Diego, and I was lucky to attend – even wearing a home-made BikeSD button. I attended the VIP reception before the event and spoke with a number of people representing groups supporting walking, biking, infrastructure, and advocacy. There was fantastic energy in the room, and Mr. DeMaio came and cajoled with advocates and activists.
I will leave commentary on the finer points of the debate to political analysts, but the biggest takeaway for me is that we all win. I do not mean to suggest that either candidate said precisely what I wanted to hear. There are likely thousands of San Diegans unhappy with either choice. But we all win in that this debate focused on issues many of hold at the center of our efforts to bring San Diego to where it needs to be in terms of quality of life – symbolized best by walkability and the facilitation of bicycle riders. Both candidates discussed Complete Streets, improved infrastructure, and a commitment to making San Diego safer and more facilitative for bicycle riders.
Ed. note: Below is a video on how the City of Memphis is implementing the Complete Streets Policy. I posted this to inform our readers exactly what “Complete Streets” is and what it means for our future.