Andrea Fahrenkrug

1. Do you navigate Minneapolis by bicycle, walking, or in a wheelchair? If so, for what purposes (commuting, recreation, errands) and how often? How do you understand the experiences of residents who don't have the option to drive, particularly children, seniors, and people with a disability?

Bicycle for recreation 

2. Describe any past work or accomplishments that you have been involved with around the areas of bicycling or walking issues in your community.

To date I have not focused on those areas specifically. 

3. What is your view on people using the trails within the park system for commuting to work, taking children to school, running errands, etc - as opposed to using the park system for exclusively recreational purposes?

I love the idea of people using bike/walking paths as both a recreational and a commuting option. I believe it adds value to the system and improved lifestyles for the users. 

4. What strategies, if any, will you advance to promote racial equity in Park Board programming?

I believe it's extremely important to ensure our parks are accessible and diverse in their offerings. To that end my goal is to bring forth options that are much more inclusive to our city's diverse populations. At the same time, I don't believe in "categorizing" so it's important to me that we education our audiences as well. 

5. Currently, the Park Board maintains only some trails and sidewalks in the winter time for walking and biking. What changes, if any, would you like to see to winter maintenance of sidewalks and trails in parks?

Budget permitting I would like to see more trails maintained throughout the winter months. 

6. Park Board trails have a 10 mile-per-hour speed limit for people biking. The Board discussed potentially eliminating the speed limit in 2015, but decided against a change. What is your position on the bicycle speed limit on Park Board trails?

I believe eliminating the speed limit on certain trails will make things safer for both bicyclists and non-bicyclists and am in favor of doing so. 

7. What do you hope to accomplish to make Minneapolis parks and trails better for bicycling and walking by the end of your term, if you are elected?

I believe the Park Board can and should do a better job of maintaining the trails and educating the public on their use. Better lighting, signage, clear indicators of who yields to whom, etc. My goal is to implement these changes so there is less confusion and negative interactions between the various user groups. Also, I believe we can add trails to help with flow and accessibility and will be strongly promoting that. 

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