2018 County Supervisor District 4 Questionnaire: Nathan Fletcher

Nathan Fletcher

Do you have memorable experiences or memories while riding a bike?

Two experiences come to mind when I think of my most memorable moments on a bicycle. The first, teaching my two boys how to ride a bike, encouraging them to explore and live an active, environmentally conscious lifestyle. We frequently all head out on cycling adventures and really enjoy the family time on bikes! Another memorable experience for me is when I took part in the Iron Man competition. The grueling contest challenged my physical limits and showed me how to continue to push myself. I arrived at this goal after suffering a devastating injury while on active duty in the Marine Corps. Cycling was key to my recover and progressing from learning to walk again to finishing the Ironman was a great feat!

SANDAG’s failed Measure A and its reform under AB805 have put transportation issues at the forefront of San Diego politics. What is your vision for transportation in San Diego County, and how does active transportation fit into it?

 

For years we have had an ineffective, backwards looking SANDAG board. Now through AB805, alternative forms of transportation, including all forms of active transportation, will have a greater opportunity to move to the forefront of San Diego County’s scope. Active transportation should always be at the forefront of future transportation infrastructure discussion. Not only does active transportation, such as cycling, promote more active and healthy lifestyles, it is also environmentally conscious. Once elected to the Board, I will make sure that our citizens have access to enhanced bike and active transportation infrastructure. We need to make biking a safer easier choice for San Diegans.

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?

I would absolutely support a ballot measure that would include funding for bi

cycle infrastructure. After AB805 the county will play a bigger role allowing me to fight harder for and support pro-bike programs and infrastructure.

Unfortunately, improved safety conditions for bicyclists have been opposed by segments of the community. Politicians often seek a “consensus” solution, but these are not always possible. How would you work with all sides to ensure safety improvements occur?

We are far past seeking consensus solutions. For generations the focus on transportation has been automobiles. It is time we focused on creating true equity in transportation by spending more of our regions transportation resources to support cycling and active transportation. If implemented correctly, we can reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions, create safe biking conditions, and help create bike conditions that make San Diego a national leader for cycling. Safety for all San Diegans needs to be the priority, not politics.


2018 County Supervisor District 4 Questionnaire: Ken Malbrough

Ken MalbroughDo you have memorable experiences or memories while riding a bike?

As a young boy growing up in Southeast San Diego I was an avid bike rider; and continued to ride a bike into my adulthood, riding from my home in Skyline all the way to my job at 9th and University, Fire Station 5.

SANDAG’s failed Measure A and its reform under AB805 have put transportation issues at the forefront of San Diego politics. What is your vision for transportation in San Diego County, and how does active transportation fit into it?

All modes of transportation should be accessible to all residents which includes, personal, public, biking and pedestrian transportation for work, personal and leisure use. Active transportation should be a seamless component of entire regional planning.

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?

Ensuring that community plan updates include bicycle early action programs. Working with county staff to minimize bureaucracies. I do support MTS ballot measures; and did so in Encanto Neighborhoods Community Plan Update.

Unfortunately, improved safety conditions for bicyclists have been opposed by segments of the community. Politicians often seek a “consensus” solution, but these are not always possible. How would you work with all sides to ensure safety improvements occur?

In my experience I have found that showing benefits to increasing all forms of safe active transportation through solid outreach can assist in all sides in reaching a consensus. In my time as a Deputy Fire Chief I have experience in executing effective community outreach.


2016 Election: Ed Harris' Vision to Improve Bicycling in San Diego

Our board sent a list of questions to Mayor Kevin Faulconer, and mayoral candidates Ed Harris and Lori Saldaña who are running to be the Mayor of the city of San Diego. We will be posting their responses here. Below is mayoral candidate Ed Harris' responses to our questions. Candidate Lori Saldaña declined to respond to our questionaire as her campaign didn't have the staff capacity.

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Mayoral candidate Ed Harris. Image via Harris' website.

1. Thanks to your support, San Diego is now a Vision Zero city and we are well on our way to fully implementing our city’s Master Bicycle Plan, yet we still aren’t a world – class city for bicycling – an activity that has multiplier effects on our economic, societal health and social cohesiveness. One of the biggest barriers to safe cycling and walking are the high speed differentials on our city streets. Recently, Cities, including Boston y New York City have lowered the city speed limits.  Would you be willing to sponsor and support state legislation to allow for speed limits on city streets to be less than 25 mph?

Most definitely. The speed law trap needs to be addressed, and policy at the state level needs to be changed to protect our neighborhoods and facilitate more walkable and bikeable communities. There is an issue with the current 85% speed determination. Twenty is plenty! We should be actively addressing that issue, instead of simply saying “We support biking” and then doing nothing as a government to move that support into action. We can tackle safety issues from multiple angles. First, we need to advocate for reducing the speed of vehicles traveling through neighborhoods. Second, we should be advocating for more bike boulevards in neighborhoods, especially those that do not currently have last-mile access to mass transit. Third, I will advocate for stricter legislation towards DUI offenders and distracted drivers, because our current system does not deter offenders enough, and it keeps cyclists in a precarious environment on our roads. I also am in support of the vision zero corridors that aim to keep cyclists safe, so the decision to bike as a form of transit is not limited by the fear of being struck by a vehicle.

2) San Diego is a large and geographically diverse city. Another barrier to safe walking and cycling are the last mile gaps - the missing safe connectivity to bike and transit infrastructure. Land use decisions cause the last mile of trips to intersect with uninviting high speed roads for transit users and bicyclists. How will you work to ensure that Caltrans and SANDAG to invest the funds necessary to minimize and eliminate these last mile gaps as the designated representative on SANDAG board?

As Mayor, I would represent San Diego at SANDAG, and I would install the resources we need as a city within the mayor’s office to move forward towards alternative transit. There are numerous tangible changes we can make as a city to move us towards a bike-friendly city. First, I will establish a transportation (or Mobility) commissioner, like Janette Sadik-Khan, who is fully committed to tackling transit issues within the city. This would be a position that can own the decisions we make towards a bike friendly city, and it would be a position of accountability, so we can actually get things moving forward. Currently we have separate departments working on oversight (Stormwater dept, etc).

Second, I will have a city staff engineer work specifically and directly with CalTrans and SANDAG to work on projects, and seeing them through. We must thing BIG about these issues. Without staff that can be directly accountable for transit decisions being put into action, it is too easy to pass the blame and delay progress. Caltrans is a huge stakeholder for San Diego to become a world class bike friendly city. The highway interchanges present many missing links of our current bike network and are the most challenging and dangerous areas for active commuters. The most dangerous are those highway interchanges that have extremely fast vehicular speeds.

As San Diego is making strides to re-purpose streets after they are resurfaced, the city is missing the opportunity to not have those bike lanes continue through Caltrans row. Bike lanes are being discontinued as they hit Caltrans row and the long process to get approval for paint treatment on Caltrans row is timely and takes allocating staff members to see it through. This is where a city staff engineer would be able to focus on these issues and move the repurposing efforts forward. As new bike corridors (like Adams) are being constructed, we must collaborate with Caltrans to provide for safe access after a rider exits the corridor paths. Having dedicated city staff that focus solely on mobility and transit would also allow for newer safer access to trolley stations like the Midcoast trolley, and others that lack safe access to the trolley via bike.

SANDAG is also an extremely important agency. To move SD forward, we need to commit to the goals of innovative mobility, healthy communities, and a vibrant economy. Bikes mean business and can help support the three SANDAG goals. As mayor, I will provide San Diego with a strong voice for San Diego to change the direction that SANDAG continues to default to. I suggest that we re-look at funding for infrastructure and start implementing our bike networks now, along with the current potential we have for mass transit avenues and last-mile routes through neighborhoods. Big transit projects do cost money, but we can get there. We get there by stopping the typical measures we continue to see (ones that only address the short-term), and change the way SANDAG and the City of San Diego does business. SANDAG should be responsible for implementing complete streets and should be able to design mobility hubs for the new proposed stations (Balboa Park and Clairemont).

3) Too often, our local schools prioritize vehicle drop offs rather than encouraging school children to ride, walk or skateboard to school. How do you intend to encourage more kids to get to school by foot, on a bicycle or other non-automobile means as mayor?

This answer is easy for me to approach, because I have seen the potential for alternative commutes to school first hand. My son Brian was a part of a Dana Middle Bike to school group, and I believe that with city support, programs like this can be created, and existing programs can be vastly improved. The primary issue with our children biking, walking, or skateboarding to work is safety. As a parent, I understand the concerns families have with allowing their children to share the road with dangerous drivers who are commuting to work. We need Safe Routes to Schools for every school in San Diego. If we can provide safe and comfortable access to neighborhood schools, then we will have a great bike network in San Diego. Because safety comes first, we need to prioritize safer routes to neighborhood schools. If bikeways are safe, riders will ride them. To start, there should be protected bike lanes feeding into all avenues of our city schools. Additionally, I will advocate for, and see through the implementation of, more protected crosswalks at schools, like I did while I was a councilmember in District 2. Once safety is addressed, I would encourage our city schools to fund and implement a bicycle education program at the 4th grade level, where our children begin to develop the personal abilities and capacity to bike to school. If we educate children at a young age about the health and environmental benefits of biking to school, we can widely change the way our society views transportation. I would work with the school district to implement education for every 4th grade class, which would fall into the Wellness Initiative that has a tremendous amount of support.

4) As mayor you will be responsible for appointing the second city representative to the SANDAG board. This appointment will influence whether the city meets goals of the Climate Action Plan, Bicycle Master Plan, and the state policy SB 743. What qualifications will this individual have that would make them the ideal candidate to vote on planning and transportation decisions?

Like I mentioned in question #2, I would have a representative that is dedicated 100% to transit and mobility. This person would be a strong, bold, inspiring advocate with a vision to make San Diego a world-class bicycle city—a Janette Sadik-Khan of San Diego. This person would be one that is willing to fight for safety, healthy residents, and a sustainable future. That person would be knowledgeable of the current conditions in San Diego, and would be a user him/herself of the bicycle network in San Diego. San Diego is large and diverse. Every community, from Rancho Bernardo to San Ysidro, has its own needs. To approach these issues, that commissioner would need to collaborate with local advocacy groups. By doing this, we can work with groups to address Vision Zero and how it relates to the goals set forth in the climate action plan. Additionally, Disadvantaged communities have had freeways destroy their neighborhoods, so we must address the issues with equitable priority.

5) San Diego’s parking districts encompass some of San Diego’s densest communities that include Downtown, La Jolla, Mid-City, Old Town, Pacific Beach, and Uptown. Does the city have an obligation to provide curbside parking for residents? How should the city regulate the public space devoted to car storage? What changes do you believe are needed in the city’s current curbside parking rates and policies? Should a bikeway project be built even if it causes a net loss of curbside parking spaces?

Curbside parking is a use of public space, so it is time we go to the table with the interested parties and address the amount of space we dedicate for parking. Parking cannot be the only reason for not providing cyclists with protected bike lanes or facilities. I understand the needs for parking, so it would be naïve to promise to do away with it. However, as we tackle our infrastructural needs with roads, we can be re-allocating and re-thinking our priorities towards making San Diego a place that will function in 10, 20, and 50 years. I am not opposed to alternative parking projects, instead of parallel (angled parking, parking structures where it is necessary). I do not think all drivers are going to get out of their cars and get on a bike, but with a leader who makes these things a priority, there will be a shift in momentum and public understanding for projects that will get us to where we need to be. We must all understand that protected bike lanes provide for more access to a greater amount of people. This is going to be necessary to implement in the future, so it is time we begin the conversation, and start moving forward. With protected bike lanes, businesses are visible, and the fight over a few parking spaces becomes less necessary.

In doing so, we must initiate Collaboration between MTS and bike share to create last mile transit from transit & mobility hubs… Last mile is the most difficult, & that is perfect for it. There is plenty of brainpower and willingness behind an effort to move SD in a bike friendly direction. We just need a leader who is dedicated to putting the right people in the positions to start moving this city forward.

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2016 Election: Mayor Kevin Faulconer's Vision to Improve Bicycling in San Diego

Our board sent a list of questions to Mayor Kevin Faulconer, and mayoral candidates Ed Harris and Lori Saldaña who are running to be the Mayor of the city of San Diego. We will be posting their responses here. Below is Mayor Faulconer's responses to our questions.

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Image via his Facebook page.

1. Thanks to your support, San Diego is now a Vision Zero city and we are well on our way to fully implementing our city’s Master Bicycle Plan, yet we still aren’t a world - class city for bicycling - an activity that has multiplier effects on our economic, societal health and social cohesiveness. One of the biggest barriers to safe cycling and walking are the high speed differentials on our city streets. Recently, Cities, including Boston y New York City have lowered the city speed limits.  Would you be willing to sponsor and support state legislation to allow for speed limits on city streets to be less than 25 mph?

 

Creating a safe, inviting, viable environment for bicyclists is key to implementing the City’s Climate Action Plan and Bike Master Plan. To achieve the Climate Action Plan’s bike mode share goals, I will evaluate and consider proposals to make biking safer, including allowing speeds of less than 25 miles per hour on some local streets.

However, I am not waiting for state legislation to calm traffic and increase bike safety. As a cyclist, I know first hand that large speed differentials can make our streets feel unsafe for riders. Under my direction, the City is actively working on many vehicle speed reduction measures to help increase safety for bicyclists. Examples include lane diets/road diets, raised intersections/crosswalks, high visibility crosswalks, and upgraded traffic control devices and signage such as vehicle speed feedback signs.

For instance, in November 2014 I directed the City’s transportation department to implement road diets and buffered bike lanes on Fourth and Fifth Avenues north of Laurel Street. In February 2015 I created a citywide policy of installing high-visibility continental crosswalks at all signalized intersections. In fiscal year 2015 I proposed and programmed $1.5 million for citywide traffic calming measures. I am committed to expanding on these traffic calming initiatives during my second term, and would be happy to meet with BikeSD to learn more about state legislation which could further assist our City efforts.

2. San Diego is a large and geographically diverse city. Another barrier to safe walking and cycling are the last mile gaps - the missing safe connectivity to bike and transit infrastructure. Land use decisions cause the last mile of trips to intersect with uninviting high speed roads for transit users and bicyclists. How will you work to ensure that Caltrans and SANDAG to invest the funds necessary to minimize and eliminate these last mile gaps as the designated representative on SANDAG board?

I am committed to increasing multi-modal transportation connectivity and closing first mile/last mile gaps that stand in the way of greater adoption of bicycle and mass transit use. I look forward to continuing to work together with transportation agencies such as SANDAG, Caltrans and MTS to implement connectivity programs. I am taking a lead role on this issue at our partner agencies, not just as a City representative but also by maintaining close cooperation with agency leadership and staff to secure funding and implement projects.

For example, I added a land use component to the Climate Action Plan and then directed my senior staff to meet with SANDAG to determine how transportation modeling could be better utilized in community plan updates. Also, under my policy guidance, City staff coordinated with SANDAG to expand the car share pilot program to add additional providers and broaden the geographic reach, which assists with closing the last mile gap. Additionally, my staff works closely with SANDAG senior staff on state and federal legislative priorities which helps with securing funding for San Diego multi-modal connectivity projects.

In my first two years in office I have engaged in many other initiatives that have directly or indirectly helped to close the first mile/last mile gap, including the following:

  • Coordinated bike and pedestrian infrastructure projects to coincide with street resurfacing and overlay projects, to more effectively implement the Bicycle Master Plan and Vision Zero
  • Advocated for City Council adoption of the Vision Zero goals and led a Vision Zero Task Force to improve cross-departmental and external stakeholder coordination
  • Directed City staff to incorporate Complete Streets and Vision Zero policies into the Street Design Manual, which is currently undergoing a comprehensive update
  • Proposed funding for a Transportation Master Plan in my fiscal year 2017 budget to cohesively plan all modes of transportation in one document
  • Created a new Assistant Director of Transportation position to better integrate the City’s transportation planning across department divisions
  • Added a Sustainability Manager and proposed in my fiscal year 2017 budget another supporting position to implement the City’s Climate Action Plan and its mode-share goals
  • Completed a Traffic Signal Communications Master Plan to enable new technology that detects bikes and counts cyclists
  • Installed color bike lanes in high mode conflict areas and areas where guidance to bicyclists is helpful
  • Created an open data online resource with a Capital Improvement Project Map viewer so the public can track infrastructure projects and street resurfacing projects
  • Added new funding in my fiscal year 2017 proposed budget to implement the highest priority bicycle projects as recommended by the Bicycle Advisory Committee’s draft Strategic Implementation Plan

If elected, the following initiatives are part of my second term agenda:

  • Implementing the Bike Advisory Committee’s six highest priority projects from the draft Strategic Implementation Plan
  • Completing my pledge to repair 1,000 miles of streets and filling in gaps of resurfacing efforts so the City has a coherent and comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian network
  • Implementing Vision Zero with a focus on the “three E’s”: Education, Engineering, and Enforcement
  • Completing the entire separated bike facility network in the Downtown Mobility Plan
  • Training City staff on Complete Streets and Vision Zero planning and design
  • Accelerating community plan updates so that their mobility elements reflect best practices in multi-modal transportation and are consistent with recent planning documents such as the Climate Action Plan and Bike Master Plan
  • Updating the City’s California Environmental Quality Act transportation thresholds of significance consistent with Senate Bill 743 to reduce vehicle miles traveled and sprawl (following the direction I already gave to City staff to expedite this task)
  • Annual monitoring of the Climate Action Plan to ensure achievement of the plan’s targets
  • Revising Council Policy 800-14 regarding Capital Improvement Project Prioritization to incorporate Climate Action Plan transit priority areas and environmental justice considerations such as CalEnviroScreen
  • Increasing mobility and economic opportunities for working families who cannot afford auto mobile ownership
  • Funding 80 cameras in transit priority areas to gather improved bicycle commute data, building off of the 17 cameras I included in my prior budget proposals

In addition, when stakeholder groups such as BikeSD have additional proposals or think existing programs are not functioning properly, I’m willing to work together and take a hard look to determine how the City can better achieve our mobility goals

3. Too often, our local schools prioritize vehicle drop offs rather than encouraging school children to ride, walk or skateboard to school. How do you intend to encourage more kids to get to school by foot, on a bicycle or other non-automobile means as mayor?

An important component of a healthy, livable community is neighborhood infrastructure that encourages children to safely walk or bike to school. This contributes to improved public health, brings neighborhoods together, reduces vehicle miles traveled and pollution, and instills active transportation habits in children that can last a lifetime. As Mayor, I will continue to pursue initiatives which encourage more children to walk or bike to school.

Infrastructure is the foundation of a safe network of pedestrian and bike facilities so children can walk or ride to school, which is one reason why I am upgrading our pedestrian and bike infrastructure in tandem with my infrastructure initiatives. I directed 50 percent of all General Fund major revenue growth toward infrastructure, streets and sidewalks–resulting in an additional $63 million for our neighborhoods since taking office–and I doubled the miles of roads repaired annually to more than 300 to further my goal of fixing 1,000 miles of streets over five years. As this occurs, I am ensuring that the right-of-way is repurposed for bikes and pedestrians, not just autos.

For example, before starting my 1,000 miles of repair initiative I created a citywide policy and added funding to install high visibility continental crosswalks at all signalized intersections. This ensured that as each road is resurfaced or slurry sealed, crosswalks are upgraded and automobile limit lines are pushed back, which makes it safer for children to cross the street. For unsignalized intersections, I updated Council Policy 200-7 to make it easier to install crosswalks there and I am accelerating installation of rectangular rapid flashing beacons to further create safe routes to school at unmarked crossings.
Also important to providing a safe route to school is bike infrastructure. I implemented procedures and additional active transportation staff to review resurfacing projects for Bike Master Plan consistency to take full advantage of the additional investments I directed toward infrastructure. Due to this delivery method, over the last two years the City has already undergone dramatic change in its bike infrastructure and I will continue this accelerating improvement over the next four years. I am also collaborating with SANDAG to secure additional grant funding for safe routes to school projects in furtherance of the Safe Routes to School Strategic Plan.

In addition to these short-to medium-term initiatives, I am working on long-term planning programs to make our city smarter and more livable, which will make it easier for children to walk and bike to school. For example, I have updated four community plans since taking office, ten are currently in process, and I recently added two more to the Planning Department’s two-year work plan. In contrast, just two community plans were updated in the previous ten years before I took office. As these community plans are updated, their mobility elements are also refreshed to reflect multi-modal planning principles and be consistent with recent initiatives such as the Climate Action Plan and Bike Master Plan. Ultimately, this effort will result in more residents living within biking and walking distance to schools.

I am also focused on public safety enhancements, which are key to providing parents the level of comfort needed to allow their children to walk or bike to school. For example, I negotiated a five-year agreement with police to address recruitment and retention challenges and fully-funded four police academies, increasing the class size of each by over 20 percent. I also improved emergency response times, with a major focus on underserved communities. My public safety initiatives also include enforcement of equal right to use roadways and of traffic violations by both bicyclists and motorists, and additional efforts to reduce bike thefts.

4. As mayor you will be responsible for appointing the second city representative to the SANDAG board. This appointment will influence whether the city meets goals of the Climate Action Plan, Bicycle Master Plan, and the state policy SB 743. What qualifications will this individual have that would make them the ideal candidate to vote on planning and transportation decisions?
I will work together with the City Council to ensure that the City is well represented on the SANDAG board by someone who will be a strong voice for all modes of transportation and will advocate for additional funding and full implementation of the City’s policy documents such as the Climate Action Plan, Bike Master Plan, and General Plan City of Villages Strategy. Also important is that the representative share my beliefs that infrastructure is a top priority, and that active transportation projects promote healthy living, reduce pollution, and bring neighborhoods together.

5. San Diego’s parking districts encompass some of San Diego’s densest communities that include Downtown, La Jolla, Mid-City, Old Town, Pacific Beach, and Uptown. Do you believe curbside parking rates in San Diego’s parking districts are at, above or below market rates (i.e., rates high enough so that supply and demand are near equilibrium)? Do you believe curbside parking space should be made available at market rates, or at below-market, subsidized rates? What changes do you believe are needed in the city’s current curbside parking rates and policies?

I have engaged in several changes to the City’s parking policies which support active transportation, such as:

  • Commissioned a study on the City's parking operations to develop a cohesive approach to an issue that has been dispersed across multiple City agencies and external organizations
  • Proposed funding in my fiscal year 2017 budget to improve how the City manages parking, including a review of the pricing system and consideration of a new organizational structure that integrates parking management with the City's other policy objectives such as increasing multi-modal mobility and protecting the environment
  • Revised Council Policy 100-18 relating to Community Parking Districts to allow increased utilization of parking meter funds for active transportation improvements
  • Created a parklet policy and streamlined permitting process to incentivize the best utilization and increased livability of the City’s right-of-way and parking areas
  • Implemented the City’s first bike share program with many stations replacing parking in the right-of-way
  • Proposing a Transportation Management Plan which will cohesively look at all of the City’s transportation policies and assets, including parking
  • Directed the City’s Transportation & Stormwater Department to update its Street Design Manual to bring it into conformance with Complete Streets and Livable Streets policies

In my second term, I look forward to continuing to improve the City’s parking management and review pricing models to best achieve our multi-modal transportation goals.

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2016 Election: Justin DeCesare on Issues that Matter to BikeSD Supporters in District 7

Our board sent questionaires to candidates running for city council and we will be posting their responses here. Justin DeCesare is running against Scott Sherman (who didn't return our questionaire) to represent City Council District 7.

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Justin DeCesare

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 opportunities should be promoted for both transportation and recreation. If we can provide a safer cycling experience (protected bike lanes, better education, enforcement) and convenience (bicycle parking, bikesharing), we make cycling a more viable option. Our streets and highways become less congested. Bike trails relieve the burden of automobiles on our parks and natural areas, while simultaneously enhancing access by connecting them to each other and our neighborhoods. It’s good for the environment and it creates great opportunities to socialize and stay healthy.

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

The majority of accidents occur at fewer than ten sites around the city. While none of these are in District Seven, efforts should focus on these sites. In D7, we need to take a close look at Grantville, Mission Valley, and Mission Gorge Road where we already have bicycle traffic. Our population is growing fast, so traffic and construction will continue to be the norm. The need for compact mixed use development highlights the importance of educating drivers and enforcing safe interaction on the road.

3) Given the myriad of competing interests in D7 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?

It’s important to have an open door, operate transparently, and be present in the community. Our Councilmembers should be spending more time in our neighborhoods where things are happening. The city has stated goals for a reason and policy should be geared toward achieving them. It’s worth mentioning that during my term as President of the Tierrasanta Town Council, we were the first to fully implement the CAP.

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?

Again, it’s important to be present in the community and provide a forum where we can all work together toward solutions. The exchange of ideas is important. So is data. Unfortunately, there will always be a cycle of arguments. The key is making the right decision in each case. It’s clear much of the city will benefit if cycling is a viable alternative to driving

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?

I fundamentally disagree with Coronado’s decision to make biking access more difficult, especially in a location that is prime for manual transportation.

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

Yes, increasing bicycle options, creating dedicated bicycle boulevards, and funding the process is important to San Diego, and would carry my support through implementation and funding.

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?

When I lived in Washington with the US Navy, I bought my first home which was about 5 miles from the base where I was stationed. I would ride an old mountain bike to work almost every day down the street with a great view of Puget Sound. It woke me up every morning, and was a relaxing ride home after a long day. I would love for the same ease of bike access to make it’s way into the lives of families everywhere here in San Diego.

8) Finally ­ If elected, will you commit to meeting with BikeSD representatives on a regular basis to continue the dialog around improving all D7 neighborhoods, and making San Diego the world’s greatest city for cycling?

I’d look forward to working with BikeSD and be happy to meet in-­person, in the community, on a regular basis. The recreational opportunities in D7 are world­-class, and the importance of cycling as transportation is only going to increase.