Coach Mike "Talley" Tate

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 primarily navigate Minneapolis daily by driving. However, I also love my daily walk for exercise, scenery and pleasure. My dog sparkle loves it as well. Transportation is essential to our lives, not only for commuting to work within our city but outside of the city as well. But, our community trails could be a source for getting to work, while at the same time assisting in our efforts of healthy living. For those who don’t have access to vehicles, trails are a secondary option to public transportation which saves on air pollution, and at the same time build healthy living styles for our children and seniors. For our people with disabilities, it would give them a sense of safe travel avoiding other means of transportation like cars, trucks and motorcycles.

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 attended meetings in the past, (held in local community settings) that promoted biking in the inner city. This ideal was meant to assist with providing optional, (more economical) means for kids, bikers and families to get around in the city.

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 that this multi-use approach to the park system trails is essential to the vitality of the community and its citizen’s health.

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

The strategies I would use include:

  • Full research of the local community level of involvement
  • Assessment of current community programming
  • Assessment of wants/needs of existing and future community programming needs

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?

All trails and sidewalks should be maintained during the winter. This would open up opportunities for not just the bicyclists from outside of Minneapolis to bicycle into our city for work, but it would also create jobs opportunities as well.

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?

My position on the bicycle speed limit is that there must have been some research conducted that led to setting the limit and not revising it in 2015. I desire to keep our trails and sidewalks safe for all children, adults, seniors who would use these trails summer or winter for commuting to work, exercise and leisure.

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?

If I am elected, I will work to ensure that all trail/paths leading to and from Minneapolis are accessible all during the year. With the help of the community, I will promote healthy living through use of trails and implement competitive programs to get more citizens involved in year round activities.

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