Election 2016 Ward 7 Responses

Ward 7

James Dulmage
Leanne McKay
Nishchal Bhagi
Jonas Cossette
Sharron Bryce
Ameer Gill
John Gross

James Dulmage

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 complete review of bike paths and roads to determine how best to tackle this issue. We need to develop more options for cyclists, especially in terms of road space. I am ready to stand up and support anything that creates a benefit to the environment and to the health of people. I do feel that cyclists should be encouraged to take a road safety course for both the benefit of themselves and others on the road, so I would be strongly for developing this type of program. We could also start offering a subsidy to encourage more cycling.

2. 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?

We need to change our way of thinking. We need to focus on how to get people moving about a city in a healthy and environmentally friendly fashion. It requires smart investment and good planning techniques to execute this. I would work with the rest of the city and its citizens, especially current cyclists, to develop a plan for our city to begin converting existing roads to include attractive bike paths and to ensure new roads have this option right off the bat.

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

It’s been a long time! I haven’t rode a bike since I was a teenager, but it would have been on the bike paths near Walker School! I loved being able to just relax and enjoy the scenery while doing something healthy.

Leanne McKay

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?

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?

My only caution in developing a municipal cycling strategy is the 5 or 6-month period when weather allows bike travel in Regina. Spending taxpayer money on anything that is not a universal service is not at the top of my list – spending taxpayer money on something not at the top of my list and only a viable service part of the year is something that will have to be considered a want rather than a need. Please do not interpret this to mean I do not support your position or efforts, on the contrary – I totally support what you are doing and what you stand for. That being said, however, we have some very upset taxpayers who just shelled out 73 million for a football stadium. That isn’t even on most people’s wants list much less the needs list.

Bike policy and infrastructure are on my lists right there with outdoor swimming pools, ball diamonds, parks etc, which are the responsibility of the City. My position is very firm with respect to wants vs needs. Take care of the needs first, we need water; sewer, streets; sidewalks, garbage pick-up; disposal, police; firemen. Those universal services are used by everyone and needed by every citizen of this City. Within the streets and sidewalks services, we need I support designated bike lanes and I also intend to promote the concept of the community bicycle program.

It is a free bike lending program – very successful and really addresses Regina’s unique challenges of bicycle theft. Bikes are free to use – there are pick-up and return depots throughout the city and I honestly believe it would help enormously with the parking issue in downtown Regina.

I am sure you know more about the Community Bike Program concept than I do and I will be the first to consult with your Organization on how Regina’s Program should look.

Sadly, new construction of protected bike paths and routes is something that will have to wait. We have to pay for the football stadium first. You may thank all the incumbents for that debt on Regina taxpayers.

However, you cast your vote remember it was the incumbent Mayor and Councill who put us in debt for a facility we did not need and many did not even want. It is high time the many stops paying for the wants of the few.

2. 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 have addressed that concern to some extent in the previous answer. We can’t do anything until that football stadium is paid for. If we have Federal or Provincial money that needs to be matched by the City to take advantage of a ten-year investment plan we can’t do it. I would so love to but we have a football stadium and the incumbent Mayor and Council don’t seem to realize just how badly that is going to restrict and eliminate tending to the things we really need and want. A new Mayor and Council are bound to honour the commitments of the previous administration so our hands will be tied to some extent but I do hope new faces and new minds on Council will better reflect the actual desires of the majority, not the privileged elite.

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

I am 63 years old and suffer a visual impairment so it has been about five or six years since I rode a bike.

The last time I rode a bike I was sharing a beautiful and sunny Fall day here in Regina near the Pasqua Hospital with my eldest daughter.  We were just soaking in the sun and enjoying each other’s company.  She passed away just a little over two years later.  It is a memory burned into my brain that I will never forget.

In the past when I was a young woman I biked everywhere.  I had a baby seat on the back of my bike when I was in University and I found that biking helped me maintain an amazing figure and a fabulous tan and I never had to worry about where the heck to park.  It saved so much time, and money and kept me healthy and beautiful and I loved it.  All my girlfriends started riding bikes with baby seats and pull behind carts and we looked so amazing. We started to notice reduced stress levels from the exercise and fresh air and for me, it also provided a special little quiet time to meditate on the day that had just passed or the day ahead.  I really miss it and wish I could still ride.

Nishchal Bhagi

No Response

Jonas Cossette

No Response

Sharron Bryce

No Response

Ameer Gill

No Response

John Gross

No Response