Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mike Morden, candidate Maple Ridge Council 2011

1. What modes of transportation do you normally use within your community and within Metro Vancouver? Walk, drive or transit (rode for years when I was younger but not anymore)

2. How would you support and encourage cycling for transportation - for people of all ages and abilities - to promote healthy and livable communities? I do promote it now by being an advocate for it on our roads, on assigned paths, NOT on sidewalks as it goes the goal of a healthier community.

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 support this, and if we were building a new community from scratch knowing what we know now, we would put in separated bike lines everywhere. The reality is we cannot easily do this now, but wherever possible we should and plan out routes that gets a lot of the needed connectivity. Separated bike lanes is even more important on highways for safety of cyclists.

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.
  These initiatives need to be proposed by cycling groups as they know what is needed and desired. A plan and a strategy and proposed venue(s) would be the start. This will grow over time as this is a healthy and upcoming sport as well as a tourism opportunity.
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.?  funding levels come from different levels of government depending on the ownership and who has jurisdiction and maintenance obligation of the particular roadway. I support cycling lane initiatives, as well as places to park bicycles once at your destination such as downtown cores, shopping venues or other attractions.  
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 would be interested to see what this looks like to the proposed users as well as the taxpayer. I need a lot more information on this to make further comment, but it merits looking at.
7. What role do you think the municipality has in supporting and promoting cycling education for children, cyclists and motorists?  We along with health authorities and all levels of government have a responsibility to promote healthy lifestyles and we all have to participate in these programs.

8. How do you feel e-bikes can play a role in our transportation system?
Ebikes are very new and I would need more information and education on them to make an informed opinion, however the benefits are fairly obvious.
What do you see as the benefits of e-bikes as compared to cars?
  In light of the above I would suggest that the benefits are to our health and no pollution, and ability to ride for greater distances or trips with challenging hilly terrain.
What can e-bikes mean for less densely populated suburban communities like Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows?
You can go a greater distance than a completely manual bike.

9. Would you be interested in joining members of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition on a bike ride through your community?
I have some physical limitations but yes I would be interested.

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