Election 2016 Ward 4 Responses

Ward 4

Lori Bresciani
Chad Novak
Byron Burnett
Asfaw Debia

Lori Bresciani

  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 I think we need to make Regina more of a bike friendly city, So people feel safe riding their bike.

I would like to meet with the Bike Regina advocacy group to find out more to collaborate to develop a municipal  cycling strategy together for Regina.

  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?

Again, I think it is important to come up with a cycling strategy and plan to move forward to ensure it is safe etc.

Then partner with both federal and provincial on “green” initiatives to move forward to put the infrastructure investment plan in place.

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

In the Creeks subdivision on the paths, out and around the creek.  It is such a great way to exercise, to enjoy the fresh air and get out and enjoy our city.

Chad Novak

 

  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?

From my understanding, Bike Regina had a good representation with the responses to the Official Community Plan, and I am very pleased to see that. Unfortunately, it is also my understanding that the City of Regina has failed to execute much of their promises in this Plan that would see Regina become a cycling-friendly community. I don’t think we need to reinvent the wheel here, pardon the pun, because your organization has already expressed what it sees as successful strategies to make our City much more cycle-friendly. As a City Councillor, I would push hard to ensure your positions are listened to and acted upon in a timely manner. Ideally, I would like to see a committee struck that included representatives from your group and others in the cycling community in order to ensure we are doing everything we reasonably can to make effective change in our City.

  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?

Those are the key words: protected bicycle infrastructure. Simply painting lines on roads are not enough to provide a viable alternative to attract more to the cycling option of commuting around our City. We need to have protected bike lanes and bike paths in order to encourage more and more citizens to opt to take their bikes to work, to school or just for a leisurely ride on a sunny day. This is where the committee would be essential in ensuring that these kind of projects are given priority both on a funding basis and a construction basis.

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

My wife and I ride our bikes around our local park here in the Greens on Gardiner. I will be the first to admit, we don’t do it nearly as often as we’d like or should, but it is a relaxing and enjoyable way to get in touch with nature. I love riding on separate pathways that are truly intended for bicycles and walking, rather than streets where you are often taking your life in your own hands. Ideally, I would love to see a fully interconnected network of paths all around our City, so that all neighbourhoods are as connected to each other by bike/walking paths as they are by roads.

Byron Burnett

No Response

Asfaw Debia

No Response