Bike Fort Collins Candidate Questionnaire

Please see my answers both below and in the attached PDF.


Q) Do you regularly ride a bicycle?

Yes, and I would like to ride more than I do.

Q) If not, what are your main barriers to bicycling in Fort Collins?

NA

Q) How often do you bike for recreation and transportation?

I ride mostly for recreation depending on time of year and my schedule.

Q) With the update to City Plan, Transportation Plan, and Transit Plan taking place over the next year or so, can you name 3 specific changes/updates you hope to see in these
plans?

1) seamless system integration of land use-multimodal transportation and transit , 2) open street concepts, and 3) safe routes to everywhere.

Q) Council talks often about prioritizing public safety, usually in the context of law enforcement. But traffic crashes continue to be a greater threat to public safety in Fort Collins (and nationally) than violent crime.There are more traffic fatalities that homicides, more serious injury crashes than aggravated assaults, etc. Traffic fatalities were up 80 percent in 2016, and car versus pedestrian crashes were also up dramatically. What changes do you feel would best address this public safety threat?

Public safety is more than law enforcement. During my time on City Council, I have seen the public safety implementation through the building of five bike/ped tunnels. Safe routes to everywhere is an example of a City Council priority commitment to low stress bike routes.  Complete street design and its operationalization can greatly enhance public mobility safety. I would like to see more grade separated bike paths along arterial streets.

Q) Despite an upward trend in pedestrian fatalities in Fort Collins, last fall, city leaders declined to support the BFO offer to create an “FC Walks” program (dedicated staff and resources within the transportation department focused on pedestrian safety and access). Would you prioritize the creation of an FC Walks program or any other dedicated pedestrian safety and access to address safety and accessibility for pedestrians?

I am supportive of a systems approach to public mobility safety. While making difficult BFO decisions, I support prioritizing city funds going into capital infrastructure that realizes safe routes to everywhere and ADA compliance.

Q) Contiguous sidewalks and bike lanes, and traffic calming measures are not distributed equally or universally throughout Fort Collins. Nationally, sidewalks and traffic calming correlate strongly with pedestrian fatalities. What steps do you think the city should take to address these safety disparities?

Fort Collins, as a platinum bicycling city, is ahead of most cities in this regard and we still recognize much work needs to be done. City Council has made this a priority and funded initiatives such as safe routes to everywhere, the low stress bicycle network, and wayfaring, to name just a few. Also, City Council has been proactive in partnering with CDOT and Larimer County to finish curb and gutter and bike lanes on N. College at the “Y” to fill the funding gap for 1000 feet and address social equity promise for that neighborhood.

Q) The Fort Collins Bicycle Master Plan has a target of 20% bicycle modeshare. For all of the city’s successes at promoting bicycling, our mode share (% of people regularly cycling) has been stagnant for some years. What measures do you support to increase our bike mode share?

I would like to see the data you mention. First of all, we have a bicycle master plan that I was a supporter. Since I have been on City Council, ridership has steadily gone up, funding is up considerably, emphasis on multimodal transportation is up dramatically, infrastructure has improved markedly, and Fort Collins is branded as a bicycling community.

Q) The city has progressive, sustainability focused area plans like the Midtown plan and the Transit Oriented Development corridor overlay. But we are struggling to operationalize these plans. How can the city of Fort Collins encourage development that better reflects the standards and renderings depicted in these plans?

Fort Collins is a Plan and Do city. These plans are being operationalized, but the development takes 10-20 years, not 3-5 years. We have seen the initial implementation through the building of five bike/ped tunnels! As projects are proposed through the development review process, these plans are executed. A key development for the Midtown Plan is the South Fort Collins Business Association looking to tax themselves to establish a Business Improvement District (BID). This BID will transform the Midtown corridor.

Q) Mayor Troxell recently proclaimed the city’s support for Road to Zero, a plan to eliminate traffic fatalities. What do you see as the top barriers to eliminating deaths from traffic fatalities in Fort Collins.

I have presented in my previous responses to question with the zero fatality outcome for the multimodal transportation system. These include safe routes to everywhere, ADA compliance initiatives, less stress network, infrastructure improvement, public awareness programs, etc.

Q) Do you support paid public parking? Explain.

Depends. My response depends on various factors such as the outcome desired, where, when, etc. I am glad to opine on specific examples.

Q) Do you support the reduction of free on-street parking to facilitate safer complete street infrastructure like buffered or protected bike lanes?

If paid parking is the funding source, no. This would not be a sufficient source of revenue for what is needed to meet the infrastructure needs. If the question is more general as to use off street parking for buffering/protected lanes, we already have a precedent for doing just that.  We have done this on Laurel Street.

Q) City leadership committed to funding half of a pilot for expanding Transfort service to Sundays, but to date, has not secured the remaining funding ($375,000). What mechanisms for funding should the city pursue to fulfil its commitment?

We are still hopeful that ASCSU will be a willing partner.

Q) What responsibility do you believe the City of Fort Collins has to providing safe infrastructure and transportation to the growth management area (GMA)? Including complete streets, transit access, and traffic calming?

The responsibilities are spelled out in the IGA between Larimer County and the City of Fort Collins. If the question suggests that the City needs to provide more infrastructure and transportation facilities and alternatives, I am interested in ideas and plans provided with possible funding mechanism.

Q) Do you support city investment in Bike Share?

Yes, the public-private partnership with Zagster is a good one.

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