Monday, October 31, 2011

Michael Hayes, candidate Pitt Meadows Council 2011

1. What modes of transportation do you normally use within your community and within Metro Vancouver?
 - Small car within our community
 - West Coast Express or small car when unavoidable while traveling to Metro Vancouver

2. How would you support and encourage cycling for transportation - for people of all ages and abilities - to promote healthy and liveable communities?
- Absolutely!

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, this is important for added rider safety

4. 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 like to see an increase in cycling funding and development planning from our current levels.

5. 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?
- This would certainly be afavourable area of consideration for both Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows current and future development planning. However, I feel first creating more adequate and safer bike pathways would be a more of a priority.

6. What role do you think the municipality has in supporting and promoting cycling education for children, cyclists and motorists?
- As leaders of our community I believe it is important to promote a healthier lifestylewhere ever possible.

7. 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 have personally seen a definite increase in the use of E-Bikes over the past few years. I believe this is a very positive trend and would like to see this continue. E-Bikes can provide an instant low cost solution for local travel and aid in the reduction of traffic congestion and environmental issues.

8. Would you be interested in joining members of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition on a bike ride through your community?
- Yes!

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