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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

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Bike Valet Coordinator

Bike Regina Valet coordinator 

Bike Regina is looking for an energetic, responsible contractor (who loves bikes) for the position of Bike Valet coordinator.

The duties include :

  • Marketing of Valet to potential events
  • Coordination and Cooperation with event organizers
  • Scheduling and supervising of volunteers as necessary, with support from Bike Regina
  • Coordination of set-up and take-down of valet, transport of equipment

Remuneration is calculated as a percentage of the fees charged to events for Bike Valet services.

To apply, please send an application letter and two references to info@bikeregina.org

Applications close on the 14th May, 2015

Bike Regina’s stance on compulsary helmet laws

Following the recent SUMA (Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association) vote to push the province for a law regarding compulsory all ages helmet usage. Our President and Board members wrote this letter. We hope that it will appear in the Leader Post on either Saturday the 7 or Monday the 10th of February 2015.

Here is a link to the original editorial. 

Bike Regina’s response.

I appreciate that municipal leaders at SUMA conference and the writer of the editorial recognize the importance of making changes to increase the health and safety of people who cycle in Saskatchewan’s communities. I regret that they support the flawed belief that helmet legislation would achieve that goal.

Allow me to preface my remarks with my support of helmet use.  Bike helmets provide the benefit of protecting the head from non-life-threatening impacts to the crown of the head in solo accidents at speeds under 20 km/hr.  For that reason, I choose to wear a helmet and encourage others to make that personal choice.

Helmet legislation does not improve the health of people who cycle.  It decreases the number of people who choose to ride, thus increasing obesity, heart disease, diabetes AND the cost to our health system.

Helmet legislation does not improve the overall safety of people who cycle. A helmet does nothing to prevent collisions nor does it protect against the majority of possible injuries.  In fact, studies have shown that drivers are more likely to drive closer to a cyclist wearing a helmet, thus increasing danger of collisions and injury.

To improve the safety of cyclists, legislators should move for improved infrastructure: protected bike lanes, bike boulevards and increased development of pathways.  They should advocate for improved education so that drivers and cyclists appropriately share the road when lacking bike infrastructure.  They should encourage ridership via tax credits or other benefits, as the more cyclists there are on the road, the safer the road is for all.

Again, I applaud legislators for considering the health and safety of people who cycle.  I’m sure riders and their families take it to heart. However, please don’t make the mistake of believing helmet legislation will protect them.

Sara Maria Daubisse

President, Bike Regina

Director Position Open

Bike Regina currently has a position open on our Board of Directors and we want you! The position will be co-managing our education and outreach objectives. This includes farmer markets, workshops and bike valet.
We welcome cyclists of all levels, students, working professionals or retired. If you care about improving and growing the cycling community in Regina and want to make a difference, this position is for you.
If you are interested, please email us at info at bikeregina.org with your information and the reason(s) why you want to join us by Thursday, July 31, 2014.
We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Bike Regina at City Council 2014

In the month of February 2014,  Bike Regina made a presentation to Regina City Council.  Sara Maria Daubisse, Luke Nichols and Anna Torgunrud from the executive presented. We want to encourage discussion on the topic of bike safety and mobility.

Website updates

As you can see, our website is undergoing a revamp.

We are interested in knowing what you want to see on our website, this is a place that we hope that discussion can take place and be informative at the same time.

Do you feel like we have content that will interest new and nervous new bikers? What would you like to see?  Please feel free to contact us below in the comments or by using the contact links.