Election 2016 Mayor Responses

Mayor Responses

Jim Elliot
Tony Fiacco
Evangeline Godron
Michael Fougere

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Jim Elliot

  1. Cities that develop a strong cycling strategy see escalating ridership and economic, social and environmental benefits. In detail, what does Regina need and what are you ready to support to develop a municipal cycling strategy?

Regina needs a more comprehensive way for cyclists to travel across the city without necessarily always sharing the road with the automobile or commercial traffic for all seasons. I wish to develop an effective grid of north/south and east/west bike lanes besides the off- road trails over the next five years.

  1. The federal government has already committed to developing a 10- year infrastructure investment plan that will include significant new funding in green infrastructure to create sustainable and livable communities. Knowing the link between infrastructure and ridership, what would do to hasten the construction of local networks of protected bicycle infrastructure?

 I would add a regular expense line in the city budget for building bike lanes and modifying our current system so as to make it more accessible. This expense would be included in federal infrastructure applications.

  1. Where did you last ride a bicycle, and what do you love most about it?

 I rode it yesterday picking up my campaign brochures and delivered them to an area of canvassing in this municipal election.

Riding a bicycle allows me to be healthy and exercising without necessarily spending additional money on programs. It gives me independence in when and where I travel across the city. It allows me to view and experience the city while on the trip.

Tony Fiacco

I believe in safety for our cyclists as well as streets that enable cyclists to ride on our streets and roadways.

If elected I would want to sit down and speak with your organization, listen to what you are asking and how we could partner to provide bike trails.

Evangeline Godron

  1. Cities that develop a strong cycling strategy see escalating ridership and economic, social and environmental benefits. In detail, what does Regina need and what are you ready to support to develop a municipal cycling strategy?

First off, I would improve better and safer and long lasting, minus potholes and deteriorating streets, bike paths and bike lanes.  I would build them out of hempcrete, not concrete or asphalt (which is a petroleum based carbon emitting material.) Hempcrete is made out of the hemp basically add lime and water. The same cement truck could be cleaned and used in the construction of hempcrete infrastructure.  This would also avoid the now frequent detours and unsafe delays and obstacles while repairs are made to the current frequently breaking down of the surfaces that cyclist have to confront presently.

Second, I would build more bike lanes in the city. Any new area going up would have to offer a plan for including bike lanes in their plan for roads and hiking/biking paths.

Third, I would support anything that would increase compliance with bylaws and laws relating to bike safety.

  1. The federal government has already committed to developing a 10-year infrastructure investment plan that will include significant new funding in green infrastructure to create sustainable and livable communities.  Knowing the link between infrastructure and ridership, what would do to hasten the construction of local networks of protected bicycle infrastructure?

I would like Regina to lead the feds by example with a bike-friendly program.  I would compliment the feds when they did things right and point out when they did things wrong or were moving too slowly. I would point out that by the feds have a strong strategy is really helping Canada have an active workable move in combating climate change and secure a healthy, happy, prosperous population at the same time.

  1. Where did you last ride a bicycle, and what do you love most about it?

I biked from the Elphinstone Senior Centre on Elphinstone and Collge on the Wascana bike path going east.  I just liked especially the feeling and sensation of biking, the breeze in my hair and face. I loved the health of it and feeling that I was doing a green thing.  Some of the street(s) that I had to cross I didn’t like so much due to the breakdown rate of the current infrastructure material. Hempcrete could have avoided this negative aspect of my experience.

Michael Fougere

No response.