François’ Response to the Bike Ottawa’s Municipal Candidates Survey

Learn more about Bike Ottawa and the good work that they do here: https://bikeottawa.ca/. Here is my response to their survey:
Can you ride a bicycle? *

Do you ride a bike, even if it is a few times a year?
 Yes
 No

Do you see bicycling MOSTLY as: *





Are you currently satisfied with the cycling infrastructure in Ottawa?
 Yes
 It’s okay, but could be better
 No
 I have no opinion about the cycling infrastructure in Ottawa

In your opinion, does your community generally have safe, convenient and sufficient walking and cycling access to outdoor spaces such as waterfront, parks, and multi-use trails *
 Yes
 Somewhat, but it could be better
 No
 I don’t know yet

In your opinion, does your community generally have safe, convenient and sufficient walking and cycling access to grocery stores, libraries, daycare, restaurants, medical services etc? *
 Yes
 Somewhat, but it could be better
 No
 I don’t know yet

Do you think that plowing a network of walking and cycling paths will help promote walking and cycling in winter? (FYI, plowing the current 40 km of the cycling network cost $200,000 on a total street/sidewalk/bike route plowing budget of approx. $100,000,000 annually)? *Captionless Image Yes
 No
 I don’t know yet

What do you hear is the biggest transportation concern in the ward? (Open ended question; this could be anything, from lack of sidewalks to slow transit to speeding to traffic jams) *
Vehicle speed. This is the # 1 concern on every street where we have been door knocking.

The enormous success of the Adawe bridge (more than 1.5 million bike and walk trips in the first two years) and the Corktown bridge has proven that people appreciate having infrastructure that separates walking and cycling from automobiles. What is one thing your own ward needs to improve for people who walk and bike? *
Connecting the bike lanes to each other within the wards and to other wards. Also provide protected bike lanes.

Do you support that roads and intersections should be built with safety for all users in mind: pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities (called complete streets)? *
 Yes
 No

Would you support safe cycling access to all LRT stations, via separate or protected cycling tracks so that people within a 10 minute ride of the station can cycle to LRT stations safely by bike on protected routes, and thereby avoiding large car parking lots at stations? (photo shows bike racks at new Blair LRT station) *Captionless Image Yes
 No

Are you committed to helping the city increase walking and cycling as a way of transportation to promote personal health, reduce road costs, and lower greenhouse gas emissions, with the goal of making the nation’s capital a champion and leader in this field? *
 Yes
 No

Do you support dedicating permanent and increased funding for cycling infrastructure? *
 Yes
 No

The city has a hierarchy for transportation. Walking and cycling are the most desirable to encourage, then public transportation and lastly car transportation, as it is expensive to build, environmentally unsustainable, and damaging to public health. Should the city direct more funding to active transportation infrastructure (walking, cycling, and public transit)? * yes, meaningfully increase spending on non-motorized transportation
 no, maintain approximately the current budget amounts

Do you think the city’s goals for cycling and walking infrastructure are achievable? Or perhaps not? Why? *
Yes, with proper project management and planning. Let’s invest initially where we will get the best return on investment (ROI). Let’s do it smartly, once and really for all, cyclist and pedestrians alike!

Are you willing to advocate to the province to find a new source of funding for the cancelled Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program funding (or to earmark new funding), to support CycleON 2.0 (the provincial cycling plan from a few years ago, which includes new cycling education programs)? *
 Yes
 No

The risk that someone dies in a collision with a car which goes 30 km/hr is very low. Do you support 30 km/h on residential streets for increased safety in our streets? *Captionless Image Yes
 No

Do you welcome automated speed enforcement near schools and community safety zones to improve safety, especially for our children and the elderly? *
 Yes
 No

Thank you for your participation. We will publish your answers online on our website so that voters can make informed decisions. Anything you like to add?
I also promote rumble strips on roads when entering school zones. Maybe we should also consider them in high bicycle traffic areas…? With regards to the 30km/hr speed limit in residential streets, we are having enough of a hard time to have 40 km/hr respected… 30 km/hr would be quite the challenge!