BikeSD-Vote Election Endorsements 2020

Did you know that BikeSD is also 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization?

This means that along with advocating for safer streets we can also engage with electoral politics. We are working not just to improve policymakers decisions about transportation in our city, but to improve who those policymakers are.

It’s vital to our mission that we elect officials who share with our supporters across the county our agenda of advocating for equitable, inclusive, and prosperous communities where bicycling helps to enable all San Diegans to lead healthy and joyful lives.

Please visit BikeSD-Vote.org to see the endorsements for the November 3rd, 2020 election.

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2020 San Diego County Supervisor District 3 - Terra Lawson Remer


Terra Lawson Remer

Candidate: Terra Lawson Remer

 

1) What are your top 3 priorities for improving the biking experience in District 3 for residents and families?

I believe that San Diego County as a whole needs to expand and improve our sustainable transit options, ranging from walking and biking to public transit. Making our communities more bikeable primary boils down to improving our default street design, prioritizing separated bike lanes, and creating a real network of bike lanes. Our roads were structured almost exclusively for cars for decades and only recently have started to take into account the much wider range of transit options we need to support. A key element to this is making bike lanes that provide real safety to occupants, such as by separation from traffic by bollards, parking spaces, or green medians. To make these safe lanes functional, we also need to ensure that they form an integrated network (not just isolated chunks) and enable riders to safely and speedily get to work, school, recreation, and other destinations.

 

2) SANDAG just presented its vision for San Diego’s transportation future in 5 Big Moves. Do you support 5 Big Moves and how did you come to this conclusion?

I am broadly supportive of the 5 Big Moves, and think that this regional conversation is long overdue. I believe we need a holistic approach that will protect the environment, support sustainable communities, and get people where they need to go in a timely fashion. That will require support for public transit, roads, and alternative transit options- not one or the other. We cannot have a one size fits all approach because our region is diverse, and the vision largely recognizes that. I am committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and making the investments to improve our quality of life.

 

3) As county supervisor, you may have the opportunity to serve on the boards of MTS or SANDAG. (How) would you advocate for SANDAG’s bicycle early action program, which has experienced significant delays? Would you support MTS ballot measures that include funding for bicycle infrastructure?

San Diego is a fantastic place to live, in part because it is already well-suited to biking (no snowstorms!). But we need to invest in improving our roads and bike lanes to make them safe and accessible for everyone. I support SANDAG’s bicycle early action program and would advocate for it on the County Board and at SANDAG. I cannot commit to supporting any ballot measure without seeing the specifics, but I am broadly supportive of investing in our bicycle infrastructure, such as a network of separated bike lanes on major thoroughfares.

 

4) Please share a memorable experience(s) you have of bicycling.

My passion for biking really began while I was attending law school at NYU. One year, I decided to bike from lower Manhattan to Mount Vernon (New York, not Virginia) to see my grandparents for Passover. While Google maps indicates this would take about two hours, the lack of bike paths, clear signage, and safe freeway crossings meant that my route was perilous and required walking my bike through and across dirt lanes and freeway overpasses more than once. I somehow got stuck in a marsh, after passing through Harlem and the Bronx and getting stranded on the wrong side of the Hudson River. It took four hours not two, and I arrived sweaty and exhausted for Passover Seder. But it was an adventure to remember and I developed a much better appreciation of the vital importance of adequate bike infrastructure!

 



53rd District Candidate Responses

2020 California's 53rd Congressional District Questionnaire - Georgette Gómez


Georgette Gomez

Candidate: Georgette Gómez

 

1) What are your top 3 priorities for improving the biking experience for residents and families in National City?

  • Dedicated bike lanes in high density areas needs to be available for commuters
  • Intra-regional bike lanes connecting high density areas need to be made available for commuters and leisure activities
  • Public bike storage in dense commercial areas should be made available for commuters
  • Public bike rental should be invested in as a region
  • Fight hard to implement SANDAGs 5 Big Moves and make sure our region gets its fair share of infrastructure funding but tie the dollars to Mode shift projects.

 

2) Can you give an example of how you have advocated for Active Transportation in the past?

As a former chair and current board member of SANDAG I have been extremely aggressive in pushing active transit options for our region. I have helped secure millions of dollars in funding towards expansion of dedicated bike lanes and bike paths, including the recent “Uptown Bikeways” project that will connect Hillcrest, Balboa Park and downtown San Diego.

During the coronavirus pandemic I have expanded the “Slower Streets” program, which opened up residential streets to biking as a safe and healthy transit and leisure option for families during the pandemic. I am a longtime advocate and activist for biking as a public official, a private citizen and a huge biker myself.

 

3) Please share a memorable experience(s) you have of bicycling.

  • My first travel bike trip with Nicole Burgess, very challenging but also very enjoyable. My trip with Bike SD a few weeks ago, Biking for Climate event.
  • Organizing the first GOTV Bike ride for Candidate for Mayor David Alvarez
  • Organizing a bike ride in City Heights to engage the community early on to highlight the importance of the proposed SANDAG bike path projects.

 



September Bicycle Giveaway!

We are giving away a beautiful bicycle this month! It's a fundraising event and only costs $5 to enter. The bicycle is a Linus Gaston 5 with a five speed internally geared rear hub for easy maintenance and reliability. Donations accepted until October 10th. See the Campaign Page for more details.


BikeSD Book Club

Bicycle / Race

We invite you to join us in reading and discussing Bicycle/Race - Transportation, Culture & Resistance by Adonia E. Lugo, Phd.

Summary: Bicycle / Race paints an unforgettable picture of Los Angeles―and the United States―from the perspective of two wheels. This is a book of borderlands and intersections, a cautionary tale about the dangers of putting infrastructure before culture, and a coming-of-age story about power and identity. The colonial history of southern California is interwoven through Adonia Lugo's story of growing up Chicana in Orange County, becoming a bicycle anthropologist, and co-founding Los Angeles's hallmark open streets cycling event, CicLAvia, along the way. When she takes on racism in the world of national bicycle advocacy in Washington, DC, she finds her voice and heads back to LA to organize the movement for environmental justice in active transportation.

In the tradition of City of Quartz, this book will forever change the way you see Los Angeles, race and class in the United States, and the streets and people around you wherever you live.

The plan is to meet several Sunday evenings on Google Meet to discuss 30-page sections of the book. The discussion will be a safe place to explore thoughts and ideas as we reckon with the topics of race and environmental justice dealt with in the book. There is no pressure to speak up and you won't be called on, we're a friendly bunch. You can request to join the google calendar event below or request an invite via email. You may also contact one of our members for an invite if you prefer.

It is recommended that participants read the first two chapters of the book before the first meeting.

First meeting will take place Sunday September 13th at 4pm

Join the Event Here