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?
Yes, for commuting, recreation and errands. The value of separated trails is hugely important for building confidence before making the jump to on street trails for cyclists. My teenage son also commutes to school and work via bicycle so I get an earful about the need for more robust network connections from him as well.
2. Describe any past work or accomplishments that you have been involved with around the areas of bicycling or walking issues in your community.
Connections between parks played a large role in the South Service Area master plan- and opportunities for new connections and trail improvements were incorporated into all neighborhood park plans within my district- including a walkable circuit in each park.
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?
The trails were designed to serve recreational needs, and the posted speed limits were set for that use as well. In reality, they are used for far more than they were designed to accommodate because they're safe and convenient. I myself use park trails over on street trails whenever I can because the experience is less stressful.
4. What strategies, if any, will you advance to promote racial equity in Park Board programming?
I support the MPRB's RecQuest project, which includes a Racial Equity lens for looking at what changes should be made to programming. I am also spearheading an effort to implement centralized registration for youth sports to ensure that all kids that want to play a sport are placed on a team.
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?
I would like to see annual assessments of winter use on plowed and not plowed trails, and to see additional trails be plowed if the volume of users makes a case for that expansion of service.
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?
I believe that park users should be able to exercise good judgement and adjust their speed to accommodate the safety and comfort of other trail users. A 10 mph limit is not a realistic expectation.
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?
I would like to see the board identify additional sources of funding for more frequent repaving of trails within the regional system and/or lobby for additional funding of regional parks at the state level.