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 don't own a car. I deliberately live in a walkable neighborhood (Lyndale). I take the bus or bike to work (NE and Minnehaha Park).
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 bought a house on the corner of 35th and Blaisdell in 2010. Over the years our coterie consistently and brazenly occupied the front yard, much to the bewildered stares of drivers zooming off to the highway. What started off as a traffic calming measure became a way to meet neighbors and build community on the sidewalk. I now operate a market garden on 34th and Nicollet, which is designed to wow pedestrians as they traverse the corner.
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?
Induced demand! We should expand the trail network to bring in more commuters and expand the range of recreation options (like adaptive racing). We must IMMEDIATELY develop better surface crossings on city and county streets, especially for the new riverfront trails.
4. What strategies, if any, will you advance to promote racial equity in Park Board programming?
Partner with the schools to create full service community parks. Recreation is equity.
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?
Develop groomed corridors for XC ski commuters.
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?
Remove the speed limit. Look into ordinances around how this relates to ebikes.
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?
Complete the Mississippi River crossing connecting the 26th Ave. N Bikeway with the 18th Ave. NE Bikeway. Partner with the city and county under a Vision Zero framework to improve surface crossings and intersections.
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