Thursday, October 20, 2011

Craig Speirs, candidate Maple Ridge Council 2011

1. What modes of transportation do you normally use within your community and within Metro Vancouver?
I drive or walk

2. How would you support and encourage cycling for transportation - for people of all ages and abilities - to promote healthy and livable communities?
In Maple Ridge north/south has been easier to work with. East/west on the other hand is more challenging with some gains being made by being creative. Dewdney and Lougheed are brutal for anyone other than the most seasoned of riders. I think our biggest gain will come from the Golden Ears/128/Abernethy/210th corridor and we have started a conversation around a separated pathway from 210th through to 224th. Connected to this is the proposal from the Alouette Valley Association's proposal for a recreational corridor going north to 132 on 216th, then ll the way down 132nd to 232nd. I think the concept is brilliant and will be very welcoming to tourism and of course the biking community. I view it as a economic generator if we do it on purpose.

3. There have been many surveys asking people what it would take to get them on a bike. The number one thing people want is separated cycling facilities. How would you support separated bike lanes on key routes? If you are not in support, please explain why.
I would love to provide separated bike routes both in the urban and rural environments, again we have to do it on purpose and that takes 4 votes. we have our best chance to do our first on the Golden Ears/Abernethy/132nd recreational corridor

4. Maple Ridge has no off-road (non-mountain-) biking/multi-use trails and is lagging behind other Lower Mainland communities in this respect. How do you feel off-road biking/multi-use trails can benefit Maple Ridge, and how do you suggest to start developing a network of trails.
Get me four votes on council and i will work toward making it happen

5. If elected, would you aim to increase or decrease cycling funding from current levels? Do you feel that cycling funding levels should merely reflect the present level of cycling in our communities, or should it reflect the potential of cycling - not only as a means of transportation and for recreation, but also in view of the many desirable benefits cycling has for individuals as well as for our communities/society, such as health benefits, improved livability, reduced greenhouse gasses/pollution, reduced oil-dependency, reduced need for expensive car infrastructure/parking lots, reduced congestion, etc.?
The potential is huge for all the reasons you mention but for me the economic piece is the real bonus because of the lifestyle branding we could capitalize on.

6. What is your level of interest in a public bike-share system integrated with the transit system? How do you think a public bike-share system in Vancouver can benefit Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows residents?
The obvious benifit is being able to bus or West Coast into Vancouver and then have a bike availablewould the reverse work? I don't know how it would work but it would be great to see if it would.

7. What role do you think the municipality has in supporting and promoting cycling education for children, cyclists and motorists?
Funny this came up the other day as I was talking to a senior who was angry that people are allowed to ride their bikes on Dew Tr Rd. He mentioned how it used to be a big deal to get a bike licence at the fire hall and as part of that process there was a educational opportunity provided that taught the rules of the road. I doubt we could bring back that process but we do lots of stuff in Park and Recreation that might provide an opportunity. It would be a good topic for our bike committee. I would support such a program.

8. How do you feel e-bikes can play a role in our transportation system?
What do you see as the benefits of e-bikes as compared to cars?
What can e-bikes mean for less densely populated suburban communities like Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows?
E-bikes have a place in our transportation network we are seeing them around town. I think they are an affordale alternative to the car and should be encouraged.

9. Would you be interested in joining members of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition on a bike ride through your community?
Love to go for a ride but at this point I don't have a bike.

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