Bev Hearn

What do you think are the benefits of active transportation (e.g. walking, riding a bicycle)?

HEALTH!!!!!!! ,  meet different people…..

 

Research recommends enabling biking and walking for transport as an important public health measure. 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?

I believe Calgary has an excellent infrastructure set up with cycle paths and public transit.

 

Lowering speeds to 30 kph in residential areas improves road safety for all users, especially children and seniors.  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?

I do not want to see the speeds reduced in residencial neighbourhoods.  If anything i think that fences should be placed at every playground to protect the children from darting out on the roads.  People dont even read the signage.  they dont know the times that the playground zones times are in effect.

 

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?

I dont believe things need to change.

 

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, 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?

no i dont support more more bike areas downtown.  In the winter, these markings on the roadways do not show as they are covered in snow!  As well it is dangerous as there are many bad drivers in this city that wouldnt be paying attention to bikers sharing the roads.

 

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)?

I currently take public transportation as I wouldnt dare drive downtown or pay for parking.  I think that the current system works.  And there are a great deal of wonder bike paths around the city if someone wanted to hop on their bikes and use.

 

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?

i am not familiar with the New York City experience.

 

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?

I would not advocate for the prioritization of cold hard cash for alternative transport options.  I feel that we have enough.

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