Kale Severson

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?

I do not use bikes to navigate in Minneapolis, I do however walk for leisure in Minneapolis. 

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

I have worked on issues around walking. One of my issues I am on record is my commitment to high school students having the opportunity to walk safely to and from school. With Minneapolis high school students not have the luxury of yellow buses and our youth must have the ability to become educated and safely arrive at school. 

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 think its a great idea. Our parks should be for everyone and all should have access. If we are smart and make conscious decisions we can reduce the use of cars and increase the use of bikes and walking through our park system. 

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

Holding those accountable for racial equity for programing and I would add hiring practices to this questions answer. I promise I will advocate to ensure racial equity is a priority when making any decision in our parks. 

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?

If there is a need to improve maintaining trails for residents we will serve them. 

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?

A limit is important to maintain safety. I need to do more research on this issue and better understand why an increase would better serve our community. I would also like to hear from Northside residents why this increase would specifically better serve them. 

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 would hope to accomplish education around the use and why its important to increase bicycling and walking for Northside residents. It would be great to see more Northsiders including people of color utilizing bicycling and walking for everyday use including recreation. 

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