To provide people who walk, bike, and ride transit in our region with information on where candidates stand on issues that affect vulnerable road users, BikeSGV has developed a survey to query Council candidates in contested districts on issues particular to the region.
Although we do not endorse candidates, we do our best to help voters make informed decisions.
Candidate Survey (Responses will be posted in the order they are received.)
- How do you usually commute to work?
- What are the City's most urgent transportation needs? How would you address them?
- What can the City Council do to reduce and prevent collisions involving pedestrians, bicyclists and other vulnerable road users?
- Forty years ago over 60% of school children in the United States walked or rode a bicycle to school. Today, that figure is less than 10%. This decline in bicycling and walking (and physical activity in general) has been mirrored by dramatic increases in childhood obesity in California and across the country. What do you think the City Council can do reverse this trend, and encourage families to walk and bike to school?
- AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, calls for the reduction of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020. Passed two years later, SB 375 requires the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to reduce emissions from passenger vehicles and requires regional metropolitan planning organizations to develop “Sustainable Communities Strategies” that integrate transportation, land-use, and housing policies that plan to achieve the emissions targets for their regions. Given that almost half of emissions in LA County come from motor vehicles, what specific policies or plans do you think local cities should implement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector?
- The City of Los Angeles has hosted almost a dozen CicLAvia’s – temporary closures of streets to motor vehicles to allow families and friends to exercise, socialize, and appreciate the City and its public spaces from a new perspective – to date. The events have received tremendous support, and Cities across LA County are now planning on hosting their own events. If elected, would you be willing to partner with the City of LA and/or other nearby cities to bring an open streets event to town?
- Do you use a bicycle in the city? If so, how often and for what purposes (commuting, recreation, errands)?
- A growing number of local cities have either adopted or are in the process of adopting bicycle and pedestrian master plans, including the Cities of Los Angeles, South Pasadena, San Gabriel, Pasadena, Monterey Park, Rosemead, El Monte, South El Monte, Temple City, San Dimas, Baldwin Park, Claremont, Pomona and Los Angeles County. Do you support the adoption of a local bicycle master plan? Why?
- In the early 1900's, Los Angeles County constructed a watershed management and flood control system using box channels, rivers, and creeks. These waterways currently criss-cross the San Gabriel Valley and provide an opportunity for creating linear park space, regional connectivity to attractive destinations (downtowns, shopping centers, schools, parks, etc.), and safe routes for alternative modes of transportation. What role can the City play in advancing the development of existing, underutilized waterways into community greenways?