Captain Jack Sparrow

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.

Yes, I walk, run and bike for transportation, for errands, appointments and meetings, as well as for fitness and recreation on a daily basis. I am retired so I do not walk, run or ride bike to work. I usuallytake the bus when i go shopping.

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 am a senior and my roommate has a mobility disability as a result of having been hit by cars several times. You did not mention poverty as one of the reasons people do not have an automobile, but that reason also applies to me. Of course I am also concerned with global warming so I prefer alternatives to automobiles which account for much of the carbon emissions which are a major cause of global warming.

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 have run for political office twice before and I have made global warming prevention a major part of both campaigns. I have therefore promoted alternatives to automobiles, including walking, running and biking.

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.

Yes, my third highest priority as Mayor will be to halt global warming. I will support Bob Again Carney Jr’s Transit Revolution, especially his plan to provide more and smaller busses running on a finer grid, with 5 minute intervals between busses. Carney also has an idea for reverse commuting, which could provide transportation for inner city people, to the jobs available in the suburbs, by using the busses that are returning to the suburbs empty.

I am calling for a plan to severely restrict automobile traffic in the central city. I would expand the skyway/tunnel system to, for example, go to the Hennepin County Medical Center and the Downtown Central library. I would provide electric golf car size vehicles for people with disabilities and the elderly etcetera, and maybe for everyone, in inclement weather, or for those who are carrying heavy items such as when shopping. I would allow for trucks and delivery vehicles late at night and in the early morning but I would limit their speeds to 15 or 20 mph. He would increase bike routes and, wherever practical, separate the bikes from the pedestrians and other vehicles.

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 advocate spending much more on 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?


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 would insist that traffic laws be enforced in poor neighborhoods with high concentrations of people of color as well as in predominantly white and affluent neighborhoods. Even though I agree with the goals of Black Lives Matter, I strongly object to their tactic of blocking the streets. I would increase the penalties for such actions. I would also not demonize innocent police officers such as the ones who shot Jamar Clark, along with those who are clearly guilty of abuse and racism. That would improve he morale of police officers and be an incentive for them to once again began to enforce the laws that save everyone lives, Blacks and Whites. Police neglect in poor neighborhoods and neighborhoods of color is as serious of a problem as is the problem of police brutality and blatant racist behavior.

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 would like to see the study before commenting on this.

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?

I would work toward a goal of zero deaths and injuries as a result of traffic accidents. I think my proposals as stated above would go a long way in that direction.

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 would lower the speed limits all over the city. I would also raise the gasoline taxes to pay for proper maintenance and to provide an incentive to drive less.


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