Raeisha Williams

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 bike recreationally, for errands, and for exercise during the spring, summer, and fall months in North Minneapolis. I work remotely from home.

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?

I took public transportation before purchasing my vehicle five years ago; that's over 30 years of using metro transportation and or walking as a necessary means of transportation. I understand what it is to have no other options.

I will continue to work within my power to ensure that we expand sustainable, eco-friendly public transportation options, including more bike paths in North Minneapolis.

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 am apart of Northpoint Health and Wellness bike coalition and was a participant and advocate for Nice Ride Minnesota.

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.


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 support the City in making North Minneapolis more inclusive to bicycling and updating pedestrian infrastructures. North Minneapolis has the least amount of biking lanes in City. I will advocate for the expansion of bike lanes into communities of colors and/or with poor bicycling 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, And I would like to create carpooling incentives with this new developed bikeways construction if car lanes will have to be worked on.

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 create biking profiling policy's that protect immigrant and African American bikers from being harassed and or stopped. I would support and or work on a "Know your rights" bicycles campaign that informed riders of their rights and how to advocate for themselves when engaged by police.

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?

The infrastructure in North Minneapolis is dated and needs to be redone. I would advocate for these activities to take place.

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 support the city to move forward in this study and implemented the neccesary changes to make our city safe.

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?

Safer streets with better lighting, pot-hole free, and creating biking lanes.

Ward Specific Questions

a) 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?

Broadway Business Corridor. I would improve the current street lighting with new lamps and lighting. The current lamps are lite poorly and are very deem. I would also add biking paths on the inside of the car parking to ensure that riders are safe.

b) What is your position on the potential Northside Greenway on Humboldt/Irving Avenues?

I am a supporter.




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