2020 Candidate Questionnaire - Mayor: Bry, Gloria

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Candidate: Barbara Bry —

1. What are your top 3 priorities for improving the biking experience for residents and families in San Diego
  • Addressing safety issues between bicyclists and vehicles
  • Update of San Diego’s Bicycle Master Plan
  • Educating youth about the importance of bicycle safety and expanding their bicycling experiences
2. San Diego’s Bicycle Master Plan needs updating and projects need prioritizing in order to create a complete bicycle network. A large number of street resurfacing projects need to be restriped with bicycle infrastructure. How would you propose to fund the full build-out of the bicycle network needed to achieve the Vision Zero goals and meet the Climate Action Plan mode share targets?

Achieving our Climate Action Plan goals needs to be our most important priority in the work ahead for the next mayor, not just adopting plans, but making the hard implementation decisions. Bicycles are important to help meet our Climate Action Plan goals. I think it is important to have an honest discussion and assessment of the costs and seek realistic funding streams to meet the Bicycle Master Plan, including any potential revisions to the plan. We need to be engaged in looking at potential new dedicated funding streams and other possible funding sources. We need to make certain there is accountability of city staff to meet the plan’s benchmarks on our short-term and mid-term goals, and be realistic that with any long-term plans, there must be flexibility to look at new alternatives that were not realistic, cost effective or even known at the time of the planning. There will be a real discussion about future public transit at MTS, SANDAG, and how that plays in our Bicycle Master Plan. Also, when planning resurfacing and future bicycle infrastructure we need to audit our street maintenance, powerline undergrounding and public transit schedules to determine other possible cost off-sets. Too many times politicians will propose grand ideas without consideration of the actual cost, community input and buy-in on the final plan. I learned at city council that without sitting down with stakeholders, city staff, reviewing the costs and potential funding streams, elected officials will not be able to fulfill those promises.

3. Transportation is the largest source of San Diego’s greenhouse gas emissions (55%). The City’s Climate Action Plan bicycle mode share goals are 6% of commuter trips by 2020 and 18% by 2035, from about 1% today. What steps will you take to make sure these goals are met or exceeded?

Our city has lurched from one decision to the next in response to crisis, without engaging in necessary research, discussions, planning, nor has it held people accountable for implementation. We have seen this with delays in street repairs, increases in our unsheltered population, failure to achieve our affordable housing goals among other things. Because city council failed to make tough decisions, we are not meeting our Climate Action Plan goals. The current council has worked to move in a different direction, taking affirmative action. We are now approving housing with inclusionary along transit coordinators, we passed Pure Water, started installing protected bike lanes and now are debating real public transit options. I think it would be unrealistic to lay out a plan without having proper community input, without including city staff in the discussion, and without legal counsel. It is why we got into this problem in the first place. I will promise to develop a plan that seeks to exceed our Climate Action Plan, that includes community input, an honest cost assessment, realistic funding streams, includes legal counsel and is attainable and deliverable. I hope your organization will at the table for this discussion.

4. Safe bike lanes often face opposition due to slower road speeds or reduced street parking. How would you work with the community to address concerns without compromising safety or delaying bike infrastructure in the name of consensus?

I think it goes back to bringing together all those impacted parties for input towards a final decision, giving them a voice, active listening, but also being honest and realistic that, with competing interests, not everyone will get everything they want.

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

First, my husband is an avid bicyclist who loves when traveling to explore on a bicycle. My own memorable experience was the 17 Mile Drive in Monterey. Also, I have two grandchildren living in San Diego. I look at bicycling through their eyes. How do we make this city accessible for them to be safe bicycling in their own neighborhood and, when they grow-up, being able to bike to work, and to explore the city and our amazing backcountry.

 


Candidate: Todd Gloria —

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

Road repair. Poorly maintained roads mean poor biking conditions. I fought to enact and
protect SB 1 funding which more than doubles the amount of annual funding from the state
that goes to City of San Diego roads. My administration will ensure that those funds are used
to fix our streets and make them safer for cyclists.

Complete Streets. I believe we should prioritize the creation of more complete streets
throughout our city and where appropriate. These safer street designs, including separated
lanes, can make our roadways safer for all forms of mobility.

Complete the network of bike lanes planned throughout the region. As Mayor, I will use the
authority afforded by AB 805 at SANDAG to ensure that the network of regional bike lanes is
prioritized.

2) San Diego’s Bicycle Master Plan needs updating and projects need prioritizing in order to
create a complete bicycle network. A large number of street resurfacing projects need to be
restriped with bicycle infrastructure. How would you propose to fund the full build-out of the
bicycle network needed to achieve the Vision Zero goals and meet the Climate Action Plan
mode share targets?

During my time in the State Assembly, we passed Senate Bill 1 to fund road repair and
infrastructure improvements at the local level. With this increased funding coming to the City,
my administration will focus these dollars on those projects and look to provide the
infrastructure necessary to give San Diegans more choices on how to get around our city. In
addition, I intend to use the authority granted to the City under AB 805 to take leadership roles
at SANDAG. This is crucial to make the necessary investments to not only build a world-class
public transportation system, but to also give San Diegans more mobility choices.

3) Transportation is the largest source of San Diego’s greenhouse gas emissions (55%). The
City’s Climate Action Plan bicycle mode share goals are 6% of commuter trips by 2020 and 18%
by 2035, from about 1% today. What steps will you take to make sure these goals are met or
exceeded?

I envision a clean transportation future for the City of San Diego and I will fight to enact strategies that offer true mobility options, reduce congestion, conform to the City’s Climate Action Plan and prioritize safety while encouraging economic growth. We are currently at a crossroads where infrastructure needs are growing, transit ridership is declining, and the disastrous effects of climate change pose a real and imminent threat. San Diego must begin to take transformative action immediately. By prioritizing clean transportation options and leveraging the City’s assets and regional influence, I will be a Mayor that prioritizes a world- class transit system, connected communities with safe walkable and bikeable streets, along with freshly paved local roads. Together these will make up a network to serve our 1.3 million residents and the millions of additional people that enter the City each day to work, patronize local restaurants and businesses, and recreate at our parks and beaches.

4) Safe bike lanes often face opposition due to slower road speeds or reduced street parking.
How would you work with the community to address concerns without compromising safety or
delaying bike infrastructure in the name of consensus?

In order to meet our climate action goals, the City needs to invest far more aggressively in
separated bike lanes and other infrastructure throughout the City in order to encourage
bicycles and other non-motorized transportation options as a safe alternative to driving. Of
course whenever such changes are proposed in any community all stakeholders should be
heard and have an opportunity to weigh-in so the best decisions can be made. Careful
consideration should also be made as to how the loss of parking spaces can be mitigated by
installing angled parking on nearby side streets, which can often make up for many of the lost
spaces. This has been the case in my experience, when parking was removed on Park Boulevard
for the Rapid Bus lane, and on University Avenue for dedicated bike lanes.

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

I have enjoyed biking to work, whether as part of an organized event or on my own to promote
clean transportation and get some exercise. Riding up 5th Avenue from Downtown through
some of my favorite neighborhoods is always a good experience for me.


2020 SD City Council Candidate Responses

2020 City Council Questionnaire - District 3: Duran, Olsen, Whitburn

2020 SD City Council Candidate Responses

Candidate: Toni Duran —

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

My top 3 priorities will be:

  • Addressing the deferred maintenance of our streets and other infrastructure.
  • Funding the mobility plans for downtown and other high-density areas that include car alternatives such as bicycles.
  • Supporting low-income, minority, or youth programs that encourage bicycling and healthy living.
2) San Diego’s Bicycle Master Plan needs updating and projects need prioritizing in order to create a complete bicycle network. A large number of street resurfacing projects need to be re striped with bicycle infrastructure. How would you propose to fund the full build-out of the bicycle network needed to achieve the Vision Zero goals and meet the Climate Action Plan mode share targets?

We need to look at the data of the most impacted/dangerous areas and the areas most in need of safe infrastructure expansion. We will be able to review data from the shared mobility devices (scooters or bikes) and this data should help inform the networks that need to be built out, expanded and funded.

I will work closely with the City of San Diego’s Mobility Advisory Board, town councils, planning groups, community stakeholders and the Mayor’s office to advocate for funding for car alternative infrastructure.

3) Transportation is the largest source of San Diego’s greenhouse gas emissions (55%). The City’s Climate Action Plan bicycle mode share goals are 6% of commuter trips by 2020 and 18% by 2035, from about 1% today. What steps will you take to make sure these goals are met or exceeded?

I support our city’s Climate Action Plan. My priority is to ensure these plans are effectively implemented. This implementation should put every idea on the table to address the global climate crisis.

We must transition our region to the point where traveling on mass transit or other alternative means of transportation is as convenient, affordable, and safe as driving a car. We need real strategies for reducing our reliance on cars, including convenient transit and responsible alternative modes of transportation.

I will insist upon regular updates from city staff on progress that includes proposed solutions to any barriers and challenges.

4) Safe bike lanes often face opposition due to slower road speeds or reduced street parking. How would you work with the community to address concerns without compromising safety or delaying bike infrastructure in the name of consensus?

It is important to not create an either/or scenario that pits those who need parking against those who want safe roads for alternative modes of transportation. We need to listen closely to everyone’s priorities and concerns.

We need to be proactive and creative about finding compromise and solutions. Let’s continue to keep the dialogue going for the future, and not shut people down just because their lived experience may be different.

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

Not everyone has the ability or the privilege to ride, or learn how to ride, a bicycle. Additionally, some people rely on their bicycle as their only means of affordable transportation. I got my first bike when I was about 8 years old. We lived in Seattle at the time and I remember that it rained quite a bit, so when it cleared up I was able to go outside and play or ride around with friends. I vividly remember one day the sun came out after it had rained for several days. We had been stuck inside for so long. So my Mom, a friend and her Mom and I all took a ride throughout the neighborhood. I remember the freedom I felt peddling with the wind at my face. That was a good day.

 


Candidate: Chris Olsen —

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

Construct fully protected Class IV bicycle lanes - including, but not limited to, along 30th Street from Howard to Juniper (Option A for all segments), closing the Hillcrest gap along University between First and Park Blvd.; 2) achieve full funding and construction of all three phases of the Downtown Mobility Plan; 3) Work to achieve the plans laid out by the previous Bicycle Advisory Board which developed an implementation plan for the City’s Bicycle Master Plan to better optimize funding availability (including combining funding sources as described below), better coordinate opportunities to create complete streets when streets are resurfaced, and better coordinate with SANDAG regional bike project implementation.

2) San Diego’s Bicycle Master Plan needs updating and projects need prioritizing in order to create a complete bicycle network. A large number of street resurfacing projects need to be restriped with bicycle infrastructure. How would you propose to fund the full build-out of the bicycle network needed to achieve the Vision Zero goals and meet the Climate Action Plan mode share targets?

I agree with all the points made in the preamble to this question and I believe my experience in local government, specifically at the Office of the Independent Budget Analyst for the past five-and-a-half years, has given me the skills necessary to lead on the Council in making the City work smarter and more creatively in securing funding for essential bike infrastructure. Funding sources I propose for meeting our Vision Zero, CAP, and Bicycle Master Plan commitments include using Development Impact Fees, TransNet, the City’s Infrastructure Fund, Parking District funds, state and regional grants, and direct General Fund support. We need to better coordinate the timing and availability of these funds to match them with eligible projects and combine them in strategic ways. Additionally, all street resurfacing projects should be designed and budgeted to include complete street infrastructure (such as restriping for bike lanes) so that we may maximize our public dollars, efficiently use the time of our City crews, and minimize disruption to neighbors by completing both resurfacing and restriping at the same time.

3) Transportation is the largest source of San Diego’s greenhouse gas emissions (55%). The City’s Climate Action Plan bicycle mode share goals are 6% of commuter trips by 2020 and 18% by 2035, from about 1% today. What steps will you take to make sure these goals are met or exceeded?

Increasing rider safety is the most important step we can take to increase bicycle mode share in San Diego. Ultimately, prioritizing bikes and pedestrian improvements over car infrastructure, we can begin to create a built environment that is welcoming to the vast majority of new potential bicycle commuters who are concerned about riding due to safety concerns and encourages existing bicycle commuters to increase their current level of bike trips. The priorities listed above, along with the funding proposals listed above, will make a significant impact in improving rider safety. That improved sense of security will be essential in increasing ridership and ultimately ensuring compliance with our CAP. We need leadership on the Council on bicycle issues and, as a D3 candidate, I have consistently taken a stand on projects such as the 30th Street bike lanes that require bold leadership rather than indecisiveness. We cannot continue to sign onto plans that commit us to improving ridership and reducing GHG emissions and then later hesitate to implement the projects that will achieve those targets. I commit to advocating for, and finding funding to implement, projects that will help us meet and exceed our mode share goals. I look forward to the opportunity to work together with BikeSD to better educate myself on your priorities and advance them on the Council as your partner.

4) Safe bike lanes often face opposition due to slower road speeds or reduced street parking. How would you work with the community to address concerns without compromising safety or delaying bike infrastructure in the name of consensus?

Extensive outreach and inclusion is absolutely essential in welcoming change (even positive change) to a neighborhood. When all parties are heard, success in project implementation is far more likely. When it comes to safe bike lanes, I support efforts such as the Safe Ride on 30th demonstration where hundreds of bicyclists of all ages, including families, created a human safe lane to show support for the 30th street protected lanes. I was proud to participate in that demonstration. It was a perfect example of community coming together to show the very real safety benefit to riders and the minimal impact to drivers. Community concerns about parking loss can be addressed by adding parking on side streets and more appropriate areas for safety. Other concerns about parking loss from the business community can be addressed with educational efforts on research that shows commercial districts benefit from the activated pedestrian-oriented spaces that bike projects create, even the continued implementation of technologies like adaptive parking meters. At the end of the day, however, I will always advocate for projects that advance our policy goals, especially those related to the Climate Action Plan. We cannot combat climate change without doing everything we can at the local level to make it safer for San Diegans to bike, walk, and take transit.

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

The Safe Rides on 30th Street demonstration was an empowering experience for me that demonstrated the ability of a community to organize on a grassroots level and show, with action, that safety for bicyclists is a civic right that can’t be delayed any longer. I particularly remember that as we rode, not one single car driver honked his or her horn. Quite the opposite, I remember getting many thumbs-ups and cheers. That day was one of my most memorable recent bicycling experiences.

An additional memory I have of bicycling isn’t tied to one specific moment but rather a general sense of freedom and nostalgia related to biking home from school in elementary, middle, and high school. To this day, on the days I commute home from work (from downtown to Hillcrest) by bike, I have that immediate rush of freedom, nostalgia, and contentment when I hop on my bike. There is a sense of freedom and engagement with my surrounding streetscape and community I feel when I’m on my bike versus in my car. It’s like I’m a kid again. I believe part of our messaging as a bicycling community should be focused on this undeniable fact that in addition to being good for the environment, biking is just plain fun.

 


Candidate: Stephen Whitburn

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

• Connect a network of bike lanes so riders can remain safe from the start of their trip to their
destination
• Repave uneven streets and fix potholes to reduce the risk of rider injuries or equipment damage
• Ensure speed limits promote pedestrian and bicycle safety

2) San Diego’s Bicycle Master Plan needs updating and projects need prioritizing in order to create a complete bicycle network. A large number of street resurfacing projects need to be restriped with bicycle infrastructure. How would you propose to fund the full build-out of the bicycle network needed to achieve the Vision Zero goals and meet the Climate Action Plan mode share targets?

SANDAG should fulfill its prior funding commitments, and City infrastructure expenditures should include projects advancing bicyclist safety as a priority.

3) Transportation is the largest source of San Diego’s greenhouse gas emissions (55%). The City’s Climate Action Plan bicycle mode share goals are 6% of commuter trips by 2020 and 18% by 2035, from about 1% today. What steps will you take to make sure these goals are met or exceeded?

More people would bicycle to their destinations if they felt safe doing so. A network of safe bike lanes on smooth streets with reasonable speed limits would inspire more people to commute by bike. To incentivize the change in commuting habits, the City should use a portion of its parking revenues to subsidize commuter bicycle and equipment purchases as other cities have done.

4) Safe bike lanes often face opposition due to slower road speeds or reduced street parking. How would you work with the community to address concerns without compromising safety or delaying bike infrastructure in the name of consensus?

All sides should be included, heard, and respected, and concerns should be mitigated where practical. This requires time and outreach. Still, it’s more efficient than processes resulting in one side feeling unheard which often leads to lawsuits, higher costs, and longer timelines.

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

I have fond memories as an 11–12-year-old paper boy deftly navigating my bicycle around tight corners in dense apartment complexes while tossing rolled-up newspapers onto doorsteps.


Sunday, August 4 - 'Safe Streets For All' Family ride starting 11 AM in Bird Park

Ride for Option A on 30th Street

 

Join BikeSD, Climate Action Campaign, SD Bicycle Coalition, CirculateSD, and Mid-City CAN for a family ride in support of protected bike lanes on 30th Street — and everywhere!

We’ll start at Bird Park at Morley Field (28th and Upas St) and ride together to Teralta Park in City Heights to call for safe, healthy, and connected communities. Come support the development of a world-class transportation network in San Diego. Enjoy a beautiful ride along two soon-to-be multi-modal corridors, 30th Street through North Park and Howard/Orange Avenue in Mid-City, and celebrate with us at Teralta Park at the end!

Come ride, scoot, skate, and roll along with neighbors who want safe streets for all ages.

You can RSVP on Facebook right here: facebook.com/events/2425624637494053/

Event Details

Date: Sunday, August 4

Time: 10:30 am (the ride heads off at 11:00 am)

Location: Bird Park at Morley Field, Balboa Park
28th St and Upas Street, San Diego
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Modern Times Festival of Dankness pint of beer

Saturday, August 24 - Modern Times Festival of Dankness

Modern Times Festival of Dankness photo showing a beer glass with logo on it

MARK THINE CALENDARS: The 5th annual Festival of Dankness is going down 8/24. An armada of the world's most powerful beer sorcerers will descend upon San Diego's beautiful Waterfront Park bearing gifts of unparalleled hop-centric wonderment. Stunning displays of exotic hops, cutting edge brewing approaches, and awe-inspiring mastery of alpha acids will abound. Age 21+ only.

Get info and tickets here:
https://m.bpt.me/event/4296123

 

Event Details

Date: Saturday, August 24

Time: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: San Diego Waterfront Park
1600 Pacific Highway
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map showing Waterfront Park, San Diego


photo of Nicole's touring bike.

Enter the 2020 BikeSD Calendar Photo Contest to win $100 and more

photo of Nicole's touring bike.

BikeSD is having a photo contest — deadline is August 31, 2019. Submit up to three of your best bike-related photos. Photos need to be high resolution suitable for printing. BikeSD will select an overall winner who will receive a $100 gift certificate at George's Camera and a 2020 BikeSD Calendar with the winner's photo on the cover. BikeSD will award twelve honorable mentions, who will receive a 2020 calendar with their photo included in the calendar. Details and entry form here: https://bikesd.org/2020photo-contest/