2020 District 3 City Council Questionnaire: 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.