1. Do you navigate Minneapolis by bicycle, walking, or in a wheelchair? If so, for what purposes (commuting, recreation, errands) and how often? Please indicate how you commute to work.
I navigate to City by Auto bike and by foot. I use my car primarily for commuting to work and bike/ foot for recreational purposes.
2. Have you ever been transit-dependent or car-free? How do you understand the experiences of residents who don't have the option to drive, particularly children, seniors, and people with a disability?
Yes I have been car free/Transit dependent. I was a full-time commute biker for approximately four years in the city. I understand that regular route city buses and Metro Mobility can be frustrating at times.
3. Describe any past work or accomplishments that you have been involved with around the areas of bicycling or walking issues in your community.
I was a former full-time commute biker in the city for approximately four years.
4. Last year, the City adopted a Complete Streets policy to make streets safer for everyone. The policy states: “Minneapolis is committed to rebalancing its transportation network by clearly prioritizing walking, taking transit, and biking over driving motorized vehicles, in a manner that provides for acceptable levels of service for all modes." Will you support the Complete Streets policy? Please share how you prioritize walking, transit, bicycling, driving, and parking in your decisions.
I will support the complete streets policy. I believe that all forms of transit to have the right to operate efficiently and safely. This plan takes into account parking as well for it is a need of the community.
5. The 2017 Minneapolis capital budget includes $6.1 million for specific walking and biking infrastructure, which is 9 percent of the total capital streets-related funding. 2010 Metropolitan Council surveys estimated that 15.9 percent of all trips in Minneapolis were done by walking and 5.1 percent by bicycle. Would you support spending more, the same amount, or less on building and maintaining bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure?
I would support spending more on building and maintaining bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.
6. In 2015, the City adopted a protected bikeway plan that identifies 48 miles of protected bikeways to be prioritized for implementation. (Protected bikeways are a bicycle route where there is a physical barrier of some kind between bikes and cars, and have been shown to be safer and more comfortable than unprotected bike lanes.) Do you support implementing the protected bikeway plan even if it could mean losing parking or traffic lanes for cars in some corridors?
Yes I do support implementing this plan even if it does mean giving up parking in some spots. Although I would like to note that My overall consideration takes parking in to account for this is a need of the community.
7. In 2016, we published a report that looked at those stopped by police while riding a bike, and why. We found that it was very likely that police were profiling young black men, and were sometimes using minor infractions such as riding without lights or riding on a sidewalk in a business district as a pretense for a stop. Starting in 2014, Minneapolis police significantly reduced traffic enforcement of all kinds. Traffic violations continue to play a significant role in many biking and walking crashes in Minneapolis. With these factors in mind, how would you, or would you not, change how police enforce traffic laws in Minneapolis?
I believe that police enforcement has a lot deeper issues than just traffic stops and violations of this nature. What's that issues and solutions surrounding this problem can range from intensive Mental Health Training to body cams.
8. Public Works is currently studying policy options for winter maintenance of both bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. What changes, if any, would you like to see related to winter maintenance of sidewalks and bikeways?
I believe that all transit ways have the right proper maintenance in the winter.
9. Since 2010, an average of about 250 bicyclists and about 250 pedestrians have been hit and injured in Minneapolis each year, and about 40 have been killed. A number of cities around the country are taking a “Vision Zero” approach which seeks to eliminate all traffic deaths by taking a proactive approach to improving safety and targeting resources to problem areas and proven safety improvements. Would you or would you not support Minneapolis setting and working toward goals to eliminate traffic fatalities?
Yes, I do not support death.
10. What do you hope to accomplish to make Minneapolis and your ward better for bicycling and walking by the end of your term, if you are elected?
I hope to make all forms of Transit more accessible and more efficient for all members of the community.
Ward Specific Question
a) Hiawatha Avenue has challenges for walking and biking. What, if anything, will you do to make Highway 55 a better corridor for walking and biking?
I believe that the Hiawatha Corridor can def definitely be turned into a bicycle and pedestrian corridor, currently I do not believe it is operating at full efficiency specifically biking purposes.
b) What specific corridor and/or street in your Ward do you feel is most in need of improved pedestrian and/or bicycle infrastructure? What kinds of improvements would you envision, and why is this particular connection important?
I believe that Cedar Avenue is very much in need of analyzation and remodeling.