Calgary Civic Election 2013

We asked all candidates for the municipal election to tell Calgarians what their views are on transportation choice, and on building vibrant, safe, and healthy communities by responding to a questionnaire. View the Candidate Responses.

Questions for candidates running for School Board Trustee

  1. How would you encourage Calgary’s children (and their parents) to choose active modes of transportation for travel to and from school?
  2. How would you work with parents and the City to provide safe routes to walk and bike to Calgary’s schools, including traffic safety measures in the vicinity of the schools themselves?

Questions to candidates running for Council

  1. What do you think are the benefits of active transportation (e.g. walking, riding a bicycle)?
  2. Research recommends enabling biking and walking for transport as an important public health measure[i],[ii]. What are your thoughts on the current state of the infrastructure for active transportation in the city? How will you increase the convenience and safety of all modes of transportation, including walking/using a wheelchair, riding a bike, and transit[iii]?
  3. Lowering speeds to 30 kph in residential areas improves road safety for all users, especially children and seniors[iv].  Calgary citizen groups in many communities are calling on the City to act against speeding. If elected, how will you work to reduce vehicle speeds in residential areas in Calgary?
  4. Vibrant communities depend upon everyday people using city streets to shop, eat, linger, and walk. Several factors play into the walkability of communities including: intensity, mixing of different types of uses, connectivity, and quality of the urban realm. If elected, how will you increase the walkability and vibrancy of Calgary’s communities?
  5. Bicycle access to amenities (e.g. work, school, recreation) requires bicycle facilities that extend beyond our pathways. In addition, this summer we saw how reliance on a pathway network built primarily in a river floodplain resulted in a loss of viable travel routes for many Calgarians. Of its 18,000 lane-km of roads, Calgary has only 26 km of marked on-street bike routes. Given that 98% of Calgarians are uncomfortable riding in traffic[v], do you support reallocation of roadway space to provide people on bicycles with equitable, reliable, safe, comfortable, and efficient access to the amenities they need to reach?
  6. How will you increase the convenience and appeal of transit as a mode of choice, as well as facilitate the possibility of multi-modal trips (e.g. walking & transit, riding a bike & transit)?
  7. Are you familiar with the New York experience from 2007-2013? How can we replicate most of that success here in the next five years?
  8. Will you advocate for the prioritization of cold hard cash directed towards alternative transport options, and an urgent move to make on-the-ground changes immediately?

Responses now accepted on an ongoing basis. Please respond to Jennifer Black: Responses will be published on our website on an ongoing basis and promoted among our member organizations.

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[i] Commuting by Car: Weight Gain Among Physically Active Adults, American Journal of Preventative Medicine 2013

[ii] Leisure-time physical activity alone may not be a sufficient public health approach to prevent obesity–a focus on China, Obesity Reviews

[iii] 2011 Interim Complete Streets Guide.

[iv] Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario Pedestrian Death Review

[v] City of Calgary, Cycling Survey 2010

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