- 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?
I would push for more well defined bike lanes, also upgrades and extensions to existing bike paths. I believe bike lanes could be made a lot safer by creating grade differences or meridians between bike lanes and automotive traffic. It would make bike lanes more clearly defined, improving safety for all user groups. We have a great bike path system that runs through the city, but a lot of sections of it are in need of immediate repair. Also a lot of newer developments haven’t been connected to existing infrastructure as well as they could’ve been. If we looked at bike paths the same way we do streets, and actually made them a functional way to get around the city. I’m sure we would see a major increase in usage, which in turn would lessen traffic congestion and stress on roadways.
- 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 think adding connecting paths from the already existing bike path would be the most efficient way to hasten development. As well bike lanes that are already in place outside of the bike path need to be made safer and advertised better. I believe if you wouldn’t go for a bike ride with your child on it, it doesn’t qualify as a bike lane.
- Where did you last ride a bicycle, and what do you love most about it?
To be completely honest I haven’t rode a bike in sometime. Although I do use the bike path and bike lanes a couple times a week, skating to work, the skate park in Wascana park, or going for a roll with my daughter. I absolutely love getting out and having fun as a means to stay in good shape and healthy. Whether It’s skating to work at 5:00 am or the 9km warm up skate from my house in Rosemont to the skate park beside the Science Centre. As a fairly regular user of bicycle infrastructure I’m definitely for promoting it’s usage and improving it’s functionality.