Friday, October 28, 2011

Judy Dueck, candidate Maple Ridge Council 2011

1. What modes of transportation do you normally use within your community and within Metro Vancouver?  Automobile and walking.

2. How would you support and encourage cycling for transportation - for people of all ages and abilities - to promote healthy and livable communities?
By continuing to support the bicycle advisory committee.  I also work with ICBC, the District Engineering staff and our local schools to help promote safe cycling/walking routes to school. 

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 support separated bike lanes on key routes.

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.
We currently have the diking system and I do believe that off-road biking/multi-use trails benefit Maple Ridge.  This network of trails would have to be incorporated into the Parks Master plan and forwarded to business planning. 

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.?
I would aim to increase cycling funding.  We need to continue to work with other levels of government and advocate for alternate/shared funding.
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?
I support this and see a real benefit for those residents who currently cycle to work. 

7. What role do you think the municipality has in supporting and promoting cycling education for children, cyclists and motorists?
The municipality has a role as one of the partners required to help support and promote cycling.  See answer #2.

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?
I believe e-bikes can play a role and the benefits are a faster mode of transportation for cyclist and reduced emissions. 

9. Would you be interested in joining members of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition on a bike ride through your community?
I am not able to cycle due to a herniated disc in my lower back. 

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