2016 Election: Keith Mikas on Issues that Matter to BikeSD Supporters in District 5

Our board sent questionaires to candidates running for city council and we will be posting their responses here. Keith Mikas is running against Mark Kersey to represent City Council District 5.

Keith Mikas
Keith Mikas.

1) How do you envision the growth of cycling in San Diego – be it for transportation, recreation, or otherwise? Do you see cycling as a community builder?

I would like to see the ARB (Air Resources Board) extend its current rebates for commuter or folding bicycles. This rebate would be income based for the purchase of the cleanest form of transportation bicycling.  Cycling is a community builder since cyclist stop at local business for coffee when riding on the coast highway. When we ride on old 395, we stop at the Welk Resort to eat and purchase water. Now we need to start weekday cycling commuter groups to highlight their presence. The already existing bicycling route on Mission valley or Carmel Valley   will be a vibrant cycling community. I believe that I’m the only candidate for City Council who is pledged to ride his bike one day a month to work. With all the current talks about San Diego’s climate action plan and SANDAG plans of eliminating cars from the road and getting more people to carpool, those in office have to make a strong point and show the citizens that they are also committed to this.

2) What steps must be taken to ensure the success of San Diego’s “Vision Zero” goals?

Bicycling corridors are one approach. I would like to see the elimination of bike routes, and make these dedicated to BIKE LANES. With more bikes on the street motorist will be aware of bikes, which in turn shows that roads are also made for bicycles and might slow motor vehicles down. PSA ads of informing motorists about bicycle deaths, which could be placed on buses would slowly raise awareness.

3) Given the myriad of competing interests in D5 neighborhoods, how will you handle individuals and groups, alike, whose interests and actions run counter to the City’s transportation and street design goals as laid out in the Climate Action Plan, and Vision Zero initiative?

This is the matter of competing interest about how the portion of the Transnet Tax to be allocated and dedicated to the automobile vehicles and bicycles fairly and equally. As a matter of fact, bicyclists are also taxpayers of the road and contributors of the cleaner environment. They should be entitled to claim the portion of the road for their safety.  SD C.A.P. and vision zero initiative should be included in any time a street or road is resurfaced or maintain going forward, with bike lanes being added or if it’s a major construction project build dedicated protected bike path just like we did include a sidewalk for pedestrians.

4) Multiple studies have shown that increased bicycle accessibility, is good for local businesses ­ and that this even holds true when on­street parking is reduced. How can the information gap between advocates and businesses be bridged to advance our common interests of safe, thriving neighborhoods? Further, at which point do you say to those who refuse to engage as responsible and reasonable partners in the community’s progress, that the cycle of arguments must end so we may act for the common good?

How to create and elevate the atmosphere of flourishing business? Through people’s walking and interacting one another!   The Inland Communities just have to look to the coast for inspiration such as Seattle or other cities active in cycling, where all the unique and neat stores are so alive, and the close and healthy interactions between people in the community are so real. That’s possible through encouraging people to cycling.   When we have greater density, business flourish and people walk and car slow down. Consequently motorists and business owners see cyclists as a group to covet new customers.

5) What (if any) plans and decisions, with respect to increasing cycling accessibility, have been made in the past by government agencies and elected officials that you disagree with? Did you make public that disagreement? And do you see an opportunity, if elected, to reverse it?

(Find out who against about cycling accessibility? Do you agree or disagree, how to reverse that decision if you are elected?)

We can start at the DMV, add more cycling safety vs. Automobiles in the driver’s education. Along with a small fee to offset the price for underserviced communities to acquire helmets for children and their families.

6) Will you support the implementation of the 2011 San Diego Bicycle Master Plan Update, including budgetary requirements for its completion and success?

Yes, I will support the San Diego Bicycle Master Plan Update (Funding can be found at all levels of government. The city would need to have the Bicycle master plan tied to major road construction projects, so that there is more available fund for the projects, because bicycles are human power motor Vehicle).

7) If you have one, share a favorite cycling memory ­ and let us know how it shapes your desire to see safe streets in San Diego for all residents, across generations?

A few years ago my son and I participated in Rancho’s Y’s RAC “Ride across California” - a weeklong bicycling trip from the California Arizona border to Encinitas Beach. This was a tremendous growth experience for my son, who could barely do one lap of Miramar Lake 5.1 miles when we started out. When we reached Encinitas going down Coast Highway, I was crying because I was so proud of my son who was still doubting himself that he can do it, but he was able to do it. I know many parents would have the same feelings as I did, being proud of a tremendous accomplishment of your own child at such a young age. I only wish more of San Diego’s residents could participate in such an event.

8) Finally ­ If elected, will you commit to meeting with BikeSD representatives on a regular basis to continue the dialog around improving all D5 neighborhoods, and making San Diego the world’s greatest city for cycling?

As a cyclist, I would be committed to meeting with Bike San Diego representatives on a regular basis.  I do pledge again that if elected for San Diego City Council, I will ride my bike to work at least once a month.


2016 Election: Mark Kersey on Issues that Matter to BikeSD Supporters in District 5

Our board sent questionaires to candidates running for city council and we will be posting their responses here. Mark Kersey is running to keep his current city on City Council District 5.

Mark Kersey. Photo via Kersey's website.
Mark Kersey. Photo via Kersey's website.

1) How do you envision the growth of cycling in San Diego – be it for transportation, recreation, or otherwise? Do you see cycling as a community builder?

San Diego’s transportation infrastructure is the foundation of our City. Whether cycling to work, school, for fun or exercise, we need to make sure our bike paths are safe and well maintained. Encouraging alternative forms of transportation will not only help reduce traffic and our carbon footprint, but will ultimately put less stress on our roads.

2) What steps must be taken to ensure the success of San Diego’s “Vision Zero” goals?

We need to stick to the three E’s of Vision Zero: Education, Engineering, and Enforcement. As Councilmember, I will continue to advocate for increased enforcement of all the traffic laws that are set up to keep our drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians safe. I will also work with our Public Works Department and Streets Division on finding engineering solutions to our most accident prone corridors. And as a City, we need to be educating drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians on how to stay safe on our streets and sidewalks.

3) Given the myriad of competing interests in D5 neighborhoods, how will you handle individuals and groups, alike, whose interests and actions run counter to the City’s transportation and street design goals as laid out in the Climate Action Plan, and Vision Zero initiative?

Working with our community partners, developers, and engaged citizens will always be part of any implementation process, but the safety of our citizens will always be the most important aspect for transportation and street design

4) Multiple studies have shown that increased bicycle accessibility, is good for local businesses ­ and that this even holds true when on­street parking is reduced. How can the information gap between advocates and businesses be bridged to advance our common interests of safe, thriving neighborhoods? Further, at which point do you say to those who refuse to engage as responsible and reasonable partners in the community’s progress, that the cycle of arguments must end so we may act for the common good?

I believe we need to empower local businesses to make these decisions, and then make sure the City’s bureaucracy doesn’t get in the way. If a group of local businesses wants to remove street parking in favor of a bicycle corral, parklet, an electric vehicle charging port, or for any other approved function, it should be a straightforward and simple process.

5) What (if any) plans and decisions, with respect to increasing cycling accessibility, have been made in the past by government agencies and elected officials that you disagree with? Did you make public that disagreement? And do you see an opportunity, if elected, to reverse it?

Since I took office in 2012, I have consistently advocated for more resources for investment in our infrastructure. To date, I believe the decisions made by this Council and our Mayor have been a boon for infrastructure and alternative transportation. We are building and repairing more sidewalks and streets than any time in recent history. My plan is to double down in the coming years to make sure this level of attention and investment in our infrastructure isn’t a passing fad.

6) Will you support the implementation of the 2011 San Diego Bicycle Master Plan Update, including budgetary requirements for its completion and success?

Yes, although I would like to see even more bicycle only cycle tracks in the City of San Diego than what is called for in the 2011 San Diego Bicycle Master Plan Update. Cycle tracks are the safest form of bicycle infrastructure, and should be utilized alongside more high­-speed corridors.

7) If you have one, share a favorite cycling memory ­ and let us know how it shapes your desire to see safe streets in San Diego for all residents, across generations?

Since I have been in office at least 5 pedestrians in my district have been killed in biking and traffic related accidents.  In many of these cases, the accident might have been prevented by a more robust biking and pedestrian­based infrastructure investment.  These memories are not my favorite, but they are what shape my desire to see safe streets in San Diego for all residents, across generations.  We must support increased  investment to prevent these tragedies from happening again.

8) Finally ­ If elected, will you commit to meeting with BikeSD representatives on a regular basis to continue the dialog around improving all D5 neighborhoods, and making San Diego the world’s greatest city for cycling?

Of course ­ I look forward to our continued dialog on making San Diego’s transportation infrastructure the envy of the world.


2016 Election: Sarah Saez on Issues that Matter to BikeSD Supporters in District 9

Our board sent questionaires to candidates running for city council and we will be posting their responses here. Sarah Saez is running to replace Councilmember Marti Emerald who currently represents District 9.Our endorsements will be posted later today.

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Sarah Saez. Photo via Saez's website.

1) How do you envision the growth of cycling in San Diego – be it for transportation, recreation, or otherwise? Do you see cycling as a community builder?

I would like to see the growth of cycling in different aspects of people’s lives. In my community of District 9 we have a lot of health issues so biking for health would be really important. District 9, especially City Heights and other neighborhoods south of El Cajon Blvd., are low ­income communities where the residents often have two to three jobs just to get by. What I would also like to see is more high quality jobs in our neighborhoods so that one, residents can commute to work on their bikes daily and two, residents can have enough time from work to bike themselves and with their families recreationally. Idealy residents will live and work closeby. If not I would like to see infrastructure that’s built to facilitate longer commutes that is safe and convenient for riders. I think Bike San Diego’s vision of making San Diego one of the top 15 cities for biking can be realized if we take a integrative and community based approach to growing cycling in San Diego.

2) What steps must be taken to ensure the success of San Diego’s “Vision Zero” goals – and what action will you take to deliver on D9 “VZ” corridors, El Cajon Blvd and University Avenue?

Ensuring that Vision Zero is implemented is specifically included on my platform. Four of the most dangerous corridors run through District 9, University Avenue, El Cajon Blvd, Euclid and Imperial Avenue. The steps that must be taken to ensure that Vision Zero is a success is first money allocated in the budget to provide the needed infrastructure to fix dangerous intersections and build new bike lanes, road diets, crosswalks and other public improvements to lower speeding. We also need funding for training both the public and public safety personnel. I will take action not only on budget allocation but also by ensuring that the Vision Zero committee is set up to guide the process including that the Pedestrian Master Plan is updated adequately and other policies are amended and adopted accordingly.

3) Do you support the Kensington-Talmadge Community Planning Group desire to add a right-turn lane on El Cajon Blvd at Fairmont Ave, eliminating a planned traffic calming feature (sidewalk bulb-out)? Do you desire to see more or less traffic calming along highly traveled D9 corridors?

I would like to see more traffic calming along highly traveled D9 corridors since it results  in increased safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. It’s unfortunate the the right turn lane that the Kensington­-Talmadge Community Planning Group wants would prevent the sidewalk bulb­out from happening. I do not support the lane and hope the planning group is able to consult with the organizations who had already planned for the traffic calming feature to be installed.

4) Will you support more road-diets like that on Fairmont Avenue in City Heights? Is ‘Level-of-Service’ a satisfactory traffic measure when weighing improvements in neighborhood safety?

Yes I support road-diets on Farimount Avenue which is  a block away from my house. Level­of­Service is not a satisfactory traffic measure when weighing improvements in neighborhood safety. I support the statewide amendments to Level of Service, SB743, as outline in Vision Zero.

5) Given the myriad of competing interests in D9 neighborhoods, how will you handle individuals and groups, alike, whose interests and actions run counter to the City’s transportation and street design goals as laid out in the Climate Action Plan, and Vision Zero initiative?

As part of my Masters degree I received training in consensus organizing which enables stakeholders to come together to find and develop areas of mutual self interest. It doesn’t always result in consensus but there are areas where, through dialog, a common understanding can be met. When it can not be met it has to be understood that the two plans that have been adopted by the City to both reduce the effects of climate change and road fatalities, take priority but we have to make sure that one, there is broad public support for these plans so that it is easier to effectively organize when it comes to a competing interest that is blocking implementation. We have to make sure that our communities are educated and invested and ready to advocate for implementation of these plans.

6) Multiple studies have shown that increased bicycle accessibility, is good for local businesses – and that this even holds true when on-street parking is reduced. How can the information gap between advocates and businesses be bridged to advance our common interests of safe, thriving neighborhoods? Further, at which point do you say to those who refuse to engage as responsible and reasonable partners in the community’s progress, that the cycle of arguments must end so we may act for the common good?

It sounds straightforward but the best way to bridge the information gap between advocates and businesses is to provide the information, the data, that shows that bike accessibility will be good for their businesses. I’m not sure if it’s already been done already, but I would create a marketing pitch or presentation that outlines the data behind it and examples in other parts of San Diego or cities that have been successful.

Just like in my last answer, I believe that at first we should always try to come to consensus. When consensus organizing fails and consensus can not be reached is the point when you say that the arguments must end and you do what you can to build popular support in the community to implement the changes they want to see in their neighborhood. This is more of a Saul Alinsky method of community organizing where after trying to work within the system but when that doesn’t work, to take radical change against the status quo, you must have a mass of people not necessarily on the front lines of the fight (people are busy) but at least aware and in favor of change. I would like to do what I can to help diversity across race, gender and class lines and build the bike movement so that’s possible.

7) What (if any) plans and decisions, with respect to increasing cycling accessibility, have been made in the past by government agencies and elected officials that you disagree with? Did you make public that disagreement? And do you see an opportunity, if elected, to reverse it?

The most recent example I have spoken out publically about has been regarding 54th  street safety improvements in City Heights that the community has been asking for many years but have never been prioritized. They’re finally being done but after the loss of lives. Another decision that has been made that I disagreed with and have been vocal about is the SANDAG Regional Transportation Plan that helps to increase freeways while putting off real progress for transit, bike and pedestrian infrastructure for 35 years.

8) Will you support the implementation of the 2011 San Diego Bicycle Master Plan Update, including budgetary requirements for its completion and success?

Absolutely.

9) If you have one, share a favorite cycling memory – and let us know how it shapes your desire to see safe streets in San Diego for all residents, across generations?

It’s not a favorite cycling memory but it does shape my desire to see safe streets and it’s the fact that as a resident of City Heights I do not feel safe riding my bike down the streets around me, mostly University and El Cajon Blvd. I’m lucky enough to live a few blocks from where I work and can bike and walk there through Fairmount Avenue or 43rd but otherwise I don’t feel safe. That’s not acceptable. I want to make sure that everyone feels safe riding their bikes in our district, most importantly our children and will do everything I can to make that happen.

10) Finally – If elected, will you commit to meeting with BikeSD representatives on a regular basis to continue the dialog around improving all D9 neighborhoods, and making San Diego the world’s greatest city for cycling?

Absolutely! You’re the experts. My passion has been around poverty alleviation and the working poor but I care very much about cycling as these two causes intersect. I look forward to working to make San Diego the world’s greatest city for cycling and I will depend on everything BikeSD brings to help us get there.

 


2016 Election: Georgette Gomez on Issues that Matter to BikeSD Supporters in District 9

Our board sent questionaires to candidates running for city council and we will be posting their responses here. Georgette Gomez is running to replace Councilmember Marti Emerald who currently represents District 9.Our endorsements will be posted tomorrow, Friday.

Georgette Gomez.  Photo via Gomez's website.
Georgette Gomez. Photo via Gomez's website.

1) How do you envision the growth of cycling in San Diego – be it for transportation, recreation, or otherwise? Do you see cycling as a community builder?

Cycling is a critical mode of transportation that takes cars off the road, keeps the environment clean, and increases mobility for those who don’t have the means or ability to drive. I strongly believe that cycling helps foster vibrant communities where people stay healthy, enjoy recreational time, and support local businesses.

2) What steps must be taken to ensure the success of San Diego’s “Vision Zero” goals – and what action will you take to deliver on D9 “VZ” corridors, El Cajon Blvd and University Avenue?

In order to achieve these critical goals I would implement a three pillar approach: Build community support, identify pilot projects, and identify implementation funding.

3) Do you support the Kensington-Talmadge Community Planning Group desire to add a right-turn lane on El Cajon Blvd at Fairmont Ave, eliminating a planned traffic calming feature (sidewalk bulb-out)? Do you desire to see more or less traffic calming along highly traveled D9 corridors?

I do not support the elimination of the sidewalk bulb-out feature on El Cajon Blvd at Fairmont Ave. It is critical to improve our roads for all users, not just vehicles. Corridors like the El Cajon & Fairmount are highly trafficked by residents and we need to prioritize supporting active modes of transportation like biking and walking by our residents in a safe and secure manner. On the Council, I will work to implement more traffic calming measures that promote our residents moving about the neighborhoods without their cars.

4) Will you support more road-diets like that on Fairmont Avenue in City Heights? Is ‘Level-of-Service’ a satisfactory traffic measure when weighing improvements in neighborhood safety?

Yes, but it is also critical that the City prioritizes real improvements to our public transportation system so that it is efficient and attractive to users. Investing in a world class public transit system is the best long term solution for reducing traffic and driving in San Diego.

5) Given the myriad of competing interests in D9 neighborhoods, how will you handle individuals and groups, alike, whose interests and actions run counter to the City’s transportation and street design goals as laid out in the Climate Action Plan, and Vision Zero initiative?

On the City Council, I will ensure the district is meeting its goals to reduce climate impacts. But in order to do this there needs to be a broad conversation within the district that includes all stakeholders, especially underserved communities. There is common ground on these issues, and I will work hard to move forward with the input from all stakeholders. In the end, I will make sure we implement the plan, even when it is not the popular thing to do, and I will guarantee that all stakeholders are engaged and informed about the implementation process.

6) Multiple studies have shown that increased bicycle accessibility, is good for local businesses – and that this even holds true when on-street parking is reduced. How can the information gap between advocates and businesses be bridged to advance our common interests of safe, thriving neighborhoods? Further, at which point do you say to those who refuse to engage as responsible and reasonable partners in the community’s progress, that the cycle of arguments must end so we may act for the common good?

One thing is clear for me and that is that the same old narrative in San Diego cannot continue. I’m running to shake up City Hall. That includes changing how we plan our neighborhoods so that low income communities and working people don’t bear the brunt of the harmful effects of pollution and climate change. When we do make planning decisions, it can’t just be developers and special interests with the final say. I’ve fought for planning changes to build healthier, safer neighborhoods my entire career. On the City Council, I’ll make sure ordinary people and residents have a bigger voice in the decisions that affect their lives. All sides, including businesses, have a right to voice an opinion on City decisions, but nobody has a right to drown out others.

7) What (if any) plans and decisions, with respect to increasing cycling accessibility, have been made in the past by government agencies and elected officials that you disagree with? Did you make public that disagreement? And do you see an opportunity, if elected, to reverse it?

I've been active since the start on the design and implementation of the Mid City Bike Corridor. I've worked with residents to ensure their input is taken into account and I’ve advocated to ensure the streets selected for improvements reflect the community's needs. Yet the biggest challenge remains City Hall’s refusal to fully fund this vital project. On the Council, I’ll fight for a fair amount of funding for important projects like the Mid City Bike Corridor and other improvement in our dense, urban communities.

I'm going to fight to ensure that the City invests in improving Active Transportation projects, especially in communities that have high rates of pedestrian and biking casualties. I’ll also focus on implementation by ensuring that the work of our Street Engineers and Planning Department is aligned with policies and zoning that promotes biking and walking. We need better and bolder designs that promote walking and biking, are good for the environment, promote community safety, and strengthen the local economy.

I am also going to advocate that our City take a strong position in favor of an Active Transportation policy at SANDAG. The City of San Diego needs to exert more influence on SANDAG’s decisions to promote transit.

8) Will you support the implementation of the 2011 San Diego Bicycle Master Plan Update, including budgetary requirements for its completion and success?

Yes.

9) If you have one, share a favorite cycling memory – and let us know how it shapes your desire to see safe streets in San Diego for all residents, across generations?

I’ve been a strong advocate for redesigning our streets to improve Active Transportation in our Urban Core, especially in our historically underserved communities. Last year EHC hosted a City Heights Bike ride. This ride was a multicultural and multigenerational ride that promoted the importance of riding and bike-friendly urban planning for Orange Avenue. Thinking of that amazing diverse group riding together in support of community improvements still makes me smile.

10) Finally – If elected, will you commit to meeting with BikeSD representatives on a regular basis to continue the dialog around improving all D9 neighborhoods, and making San Diego the world’s greatest city for cycling?

Yes.

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2016 Election: Ricardo Flores on Issues that Matter to BikeSD Supporters in District 9

Our board sent questionaires to candidates running for city council and we will be posting their responses here. Ricardo Flores is running to replace Councilmember Marti Emerald who currently represents District 9.Our endorsements will be posted tomorrow, Friday.

Ricardo Flores. Photo via Flores' website.
Ricardo Flores. Photo via Flores' website.

1) How do you envision the growth of cycling in San Diego - be it for transportation, recreation, or otherwise? Do you see cycling as a community builder?

As a candidate for office I have had the incredible opportunity to walk all of the neighborhoods of District 9.  Having this experience has enhanced my connection to my community.  To me riding a bike is similar, albeit more efficient.  There are also health and environmental benefits as well, but for me it’s the experience of being immersed, present, and one with my community that is greatly enhanced by riding a bike.  If we plan correctly today, decades from now, riding a bike should be an essential option for commuting in our neighborhoods.

2) What steps must be taken to ensure the success of San Diego’s “Vision Zero” goals - and what action will you take to deliver on D9 “VZ” corridors, El Cajon Blvd and University Avenue?

First the plan needs to completed.  As the Councilmember for District 9 my job would then be to work with the community and bike advocates to prioritize each project in the district and go after funding to complete them.  As we identify money for each project we also need to “project manage” them until completion.

3) Do you support the Kensington-Talmadge Community Planning Group desire to add a right-turn lane on El Cajon Blvd at Fairmont Ave, eliminating a planned traffic calming feature (sidewalk bulb-out)? Do you desire to see more or less traffic calming along highly traveled D9 corridors?

Let me take this question in reverse. As envisioned in Vision Zero and adopted by the Council, I strongly support more traffic calming measures on highly traveled District 9  corridors.  As to the first question, the construction of a right-turn lane on El Cajon Boulevard and Fairmount Avenue is a major priority for the Kensington-Talmadge Community Planning Group (KTCPG).  I feel strongly that local government works best when it works with residents to accomplish their goals.  I have worked with the KTCPG on this issue and it is my understanding that City staff agrees with the idea.  I am unaware
of the additions of a bulb-out at this location as referenced in the question.  I would be very interested to discuss this further with representatives of BikeSD to learn more about this.

4) Will you support more road-diets like that on Fairmont Avenue in City Heights? Is ‘Level-of-Service’ a satisfactory traffic measure when weighing improvements in neighborhood safety?

Yes.  I absolutely believe the term “Level-of-Service” should be expanded to include walking, bicycling, and public transportation.

5) Given the myriad of competing interests in D9 neighborhoods, how will you handle individuals and groups, alike, whose interests and actions run counter to the City’s transportation and street design goals as laid out in the Climate Action Plan, and Vision Zero initiative?

I have already had experience doing this while serving as District 9’s Chief of Staff.  The College Area Community Council (CCAC) did not support bike lanes on College Avenue, just North of Montezuma.  I brought together City engineers, bike advocates, and members of the CCAC to determine if a compromise could be reached.  Unfortunately, this was not possible.  The goal of the CCAC was to add an additional car lane but that was physically impossible, so the bike lane will ultimately be built.  This is an example of how I’ll work with groups that at times have competing priorities. The goal is to seek a solution for all parties but in the end a decision must be made that will follow community plans and other City adopted policy positions.

6) Multiple studies have shown that increased bicycle accessibility, is good for local businesses - and that this even holds true when on-street parking is reduced. How can the information gap between advocates and businesses be bridged to advance our common interests of safe, thriving neighborhoods? Further, at which point do you say to those who refuse to engage as responsible and reasonable partners in the community’s progress, that the cycle of arguments must end so we may act for the common good?

Similar to question 5 you need to work with all of the different interested parties to find a solution. Ultimately if a solution with all the interested parties cannot be reached then a decision should be made with guidance from the current community plans and policy plans like Vision Zero and the Climate Action Plan.

7) What (if any) plans and decisions, with respect to increasing cycling accessibility, have been made in the past by government agencies and elected officials that you disagree with? Did you make public that disagreement? And do you see an opportunity, if elected, to reverse it?

That’s a difficult question since I don’t really know all of the community and political dynamics at play with regard to past cycling decisions in San Diego.  That said I am proud of the decision our office reached with regarding to the bike lanes on College Avenue.  I felt they were fair and we were able to preserve our strong relationship with the community even though we came to different conclusion.

8) Will you support the implementation of the 2011 San Diego Bicycle Master Plan Update, including budgetary requirements for its completion and success?

Yes.

9) If you have one, share a favorite cycling memory - and let us know how it shapes your desire to see safe streets in San Diego for all residents, across generations?

As a child my dad took me to Qualcomm (at the time, Jack Murphy) Stadium to learn how to ride a bike without training wheels.  I remember the exhilaration of riding on two wheels and the freedom of space in the empty parking lot.

10) Finally - If elected, will you commit to meeting with BikeSD representatives on a regular basis to continue the dialog around improving all D9 neighborhoods, and making San Diego the world’s greatest city for cycling?

Yes, absolutely.

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