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The City of Tempe primary election is on Tue. March 13th. Below you can read each candidate’s responses to a bicycle questionnaire we sent out. They are listed in the order we received them:

Responses:

1. Council Candidate Kolby Granville:
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-tempe-city-council-candidate-kolby-granville/

2. Council Candidate Dick Foreman:
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-city-council-candidate-dick-foreman/

3. Council Candidate GC Saarup:
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-city-council-candidate-gc-saarup/

4. Mayoral Candidate Linda Spears:
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-mayoral-candidate-linda-spears/

5. Mayoral Candidate Mark Mitchell:
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-mayoral-candidate-mark-mitchell/

6. Council Candidate Joel Navarro:
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-tempe-city-council-candidate-joel-navarro/

7. Council Candidate Corey Woods:
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-city-council-candidate-corey-woods/

8. Council Candidate Angie Taylor Thornton:
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-council-candidate-angie-taylor-thornton/

9. Mayoral Candidate Michael Monti
http://www.biketempe.org/response-from-tempe-mayoral-candidate-michael-monti/

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The board of Tempe Bicycle Action Group recently sent questions to all of the candidates for Tempe Mayor and City Council prior to the upcoming election, so that the voters of Tempe can hear the candidate’s positions on cycling and cycling related issues.

Responses from all of the candidates can be found here: http://www.biketempe.org/tempe-election-bicycle-qa-candidates-responses/

 

Response from Mayoral Candidate Michael Monti:

 

Personal questions

1. Do you ride a bicycle on the valley area roads/trails and why?

Yes, I ride on my own and with my family.  Our family consists of six kids, three of whom still need to be biked by trailer or safety seat.  We ride for exercise or simply to enjoy the day outdoors.  Frequently, I ride my bike to work—during the cooler months & especially when an event has clogged Mill Avenue traffic to the point that I can get to the restaurants more quickly by bicycle with fewer headaches.

2a. Do you think cycling in Tempe is safe for you, your family members and friends?

My wife, friends and I all take advantage of the bike paths that are available.  I’ve talked often of a more comprehensive driver awareness program being desirable. Each of us has had or seen a frightening encounter with distracted drivers failing to “see” bicyclists.

2b. What would do do to improve the safety of the cycling environment?

I’ve already proposed a ban on texting while driving.  On the surface this appears to be about vehicles, but this would help all participants in a multi-modal transportation system.  Being new to government, as mayor, I would be interested in thoroughly reviewing status quo and looking at new proposals.  I would champion awareness programs for all age groups.

Along this line, we need to address bicycle theft.  I’ve had my bicycle stolen right out of my backyard.  Employees have had bicycles stolen from the restaurant parking lot.  We need to keep an updated stolen bike registry so we can reunite bicycles with their owners.  We need to form broad-based coalitions from city planners, to business leaders, to partnering with bicycle advocacy groups, like yours, to raise the overall awareness across the entire spectrum how important bicycle safety is.

3. What have you done or worked on in the past that shows your record of being involved in bicycle safety or road/trail improvement campaigns? Please elaborate.

Again, please take into consideration that I’ve never been in government.  At my restaurant, however, we installed bike racks near our Blink car charging stations.  We’ve always encouraged our staff to bike to work whenever possible.

When my stepson was younger we purchased a bicycle from Tempe Bicycle and took advantage of several of their free bicycle classes.


Specific improvements in Tempe

4. Where do you think cycling fits in Tempe or any city’s transportation  infrastructure and planning?

Tempe is an absolutely perfect urban environment to champion cycling.  Obviously, we have bike paths already designated.  Being new to government, I always think there are other creative ways to do things.  I am anxious and willing to meet with advocates to push this agenda forward.  As Mayor, I advocate a need to partner tightly with ASU, especially as they continue to plan their stadium and multi-use district.  In recent years, I have come to believe that the cycling lifestyle is integral to the demographic of the new economy workers and entrepreneurs that Tempe needs to attract.

5. Many streets in Tempe do not have bike lanes (Broadway Road, Rural Road, McClintock Drive, Southern Avenue) and are not comfortable for any users other than automobile drivers. What measures would you support to improve the state of bike lane frequency in Tempe (i.e. road diets, shared spaces for bikes/buses, increased bike lanes)?

I don’t have enough information to answer this question.

6. How will you work with ADOT to obtain more bicycle and pedestrian facilities adjacent to and over the local freeway system like Country Club Way and Alameda Drive?  Bicyclists have requested freeway crossings at Alameda and the I-10 and the Western Canal and I-10 and Balboa and 101 etc…

Again, I don’t have information to answer this question.  I am absolutely willing to work with ADOT and any other appropriate agencies.

7. The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is surrounded by roadway devoid of bike lanes. How would you make the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport accessible by bike?

I don’t have enough information to answer this question. Clearly this is seen as a broken link in connecting the desires of the cycling community.  I am wide open to proposals on this and willing to negotiate with Phoenix to find solutions to the problem.

 

Tempe’s cycling image in the US

8. How would you increase Tempe’s standing in the broader bicycle community? For example, how would you help Tempe grow from its “silver” status with the League of American Bicyclists to a “platinum” status?

My first step, as Mayor, to this is familiarizing myself with the standards set forth by the League.  Some options, off the top of my head, would be bicycle safety programs for all ages, bike paths, partnering with the local area business so the embrace and implement bicycle culture into the workplace.  I am willing to form a personal “Bicycle Cabinet” to advise me on the matters, if elected.  I am willing listen and learn.

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The board of Tempe Bicycle Action Group recently sent questions to all of the candidates for Tempe Mayor and City Council prior to the upcoming election, so that the voters of Tempe can hear the candidate’s positions on cycling and cycling related issues.

Responses from all of the candidates can be found here: http://www.biketempe.org/tempe-election-bicycle-qa-candidates-responses/

 

Response from City Council Candidate Angie Taylor Thornton:

As I mentioned to you in our earlier conversation I am not a cyclist however many of my good friends are.  I will support projects that promote  the safety and convenience of cyclist.  I think encouraging cycling as a mode of transportation Is a very important issue for our city.  To maintain a great working relationship with you and your organization will be a key factor.  I would like to see separated bike lanes through out our city.

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The board of Tempe Bicycle Action Group recently sent questions to all of the candidates for Tempe Mayor and City Council prior to the upcoming election, so that the voters of Tempe can hear the candidate’s positions on cycling and cycling related issues.

Responses from all of the candidates can be found here: http://www.biketempe.org/tempe-election-bicycle-qa-candidates-responses/

 

Response from City Council Candidate Corey Woods:

 

Personal questions

1. Do you ride a bicycle on the valley area roads/trails and why?

I own a bicycle, but I rarely ever have time to ride it. Due to my work schedule, which takes me all over the East Valley almost daily, I spend the overwhelming majority of my time in my car.

2. Do you think cycling in Tempe is safe for you, your family members and friends? What would you do to improve the safety of the cycling environment?

Yes, I feel that the City of Tempe is committed to bicycle safety. However, I believe that it is important to not simply rest on our laurels. We should always try to continue to improve when it comes to this issue. In terms of specifics regarding cycling environment improvements, I would like to see even more bicycle lanes in places where they don’t currently exist. The presence of dedicated bicycle lanes helps to avoid accidents between bicycle users and pedestrians on sidewalks, while also training motorists about the need to respect the rights of those who choose not to use automobiles.

3. What have you done or worked on in the past that shows your record of being involved in bicycle safety or road/trail improvement campaigns? Please elaborate.

Before I was elected to the Tempe City Council, I was a member of the City of Tempe Transportation Commission for two years. I applied for this position because I strongly supported the idea of providing residents with a variety of transportation options. During my time on the Commission, we advocated for items such as increased bicycle lanes, improved safety and an expansion of the Orbit neighborhood circulator system.

 

Specific improvements in Tempe

4. Where do you think cycling fits in Tempe or any city’s transportation  infrastructure and planning?

The needs of cyclists should always be taken into account when doing infrastructure planning. For example, when street improvements are being proposed, that would be a very appropriate time to thoughtfully consider how the changes being made will affect cyclists. Also, Tempe is becoming a much more urban city in certain sections. Residents who choose to live near Tempe Town Lake or at a place such as the West 6th Apartments look for amenities that include comfortable cycling lanes as well as access to transit lines. It is important as we plan for the future that we take all of these factors into consideration before making major structural changes that will have long-lasting impacts.

5. Many streets in Tempe do not have bike lanes (Broadway Road, Rural Road, McClintock Drive, Southern Avenue) and are not comfortable for any users other than automobile drivers. What measures would you support to improve the state of bike lane frequency in Tempe (i.e. road diets, shared spaces for bikes/buses, increased bike lanes)?

I support increasing the number of bike lanes in Tempe to better serve the needs of cyclists. I also would be willing to explore the concept of creating more shared spaces for bikes and buses. In places like Portland, bikes, cars, and modern streetcars many times share the same spaces. I believe there may be a way to implement similar measures in Tempe that are safe for all users of our streets.

6. How will you work with ADOT to obtain more bicycle and pedestrian facilities adjacent to and over the local freeway system like Country Club Way and Alameda Drive?  Bicyclists have requested freeway crossings at Alameda and the I-10 and the Western Canal and I-10 and Balboa and 101 etc…

While I support working with ADOT to obtain more facilities like the one described above, the major concern at this point in time would be cost. You can never put a price on safety, but I would need to spend more time exploring this measure before offering a definitive answer. However, I would be happy to work alongside groups such as TBAG to look into this further to see what can be done to improve bicycle safety.

7. The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is surrounded by roadway devoid of bike lanes. How would you make the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport accessible by bike?

Unfortunately, due to the fact that the roads that both lead to and surround Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport are under the jurisdiction of the City of Phoenix, there is probably only limited direct work that can be done by the City of Tempe on this issue. However, that doesn’t prevent the Tempe City Council from speaking with our colleagues in Phoenix concerning ways to improve the accessibility of the Airport.

 

Tempe’s cycling image in the US

8. How would you increase Tempe’s standing in the broader bicycle community? For example, how would you help Tempe grow from its “silver” status with the League of American Bicyclists to a “platinum” status?

When making street improvements or doing citywide master planning, it is important that we keep in mind the guidelines and benchmarks that would move us from “silver” to “platinum” status. Bicycling is an integral part of what makes Tempe what it is. We work diligently to provide accessible multi-use paths and encourage alternative modes of transportation. By improving upon what we already do well and embracing new ideas and opportunities, we can continue to cement Tempe’s reputation as an open, accessible community for all to share together.

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The board of Tempe Bicycle Action Group recently sent questions to all of the candidates for Tempe Mayor and City Council prior to the upcoming election, so that the voters of Tempe can hear the candidate’s positions on cycling and cycling related issues.

Responses from all of the candidates can be found here: http://www.biketempe.org/tempe-election-bicycle-qa-candidates-responses/

 

Response from City Council Candidate Joel Navarro:

1. Do you ride a bicycle on the valley area roads/trails and why?

Yes I have a road bike that I ride on the valley streets for purpose of general transportation or to train for triathlons.

2. Do you think cycling in Tempe is safe for you, your family members and friends? What would do to improve the safety of the cycling environment?

Tempe is one of the valleys highest bike users and we need to continue to make strides in providing better pathway systems to enhance safety and connectivity.   For the most part I feel safe riding my bike in Tempe along with my kids.  However, we do utilize the pathway system quit a bit to avoid the main roads.   I feel on some of our roads we could reduce a lane of traffic to provide a wider bike path for added safety.

3. What have you done or worked on in the past that shows your record of being involved in bicycle safety or road/trail improvement campaigns? Please elaborate.

I have been a voice of the council in advocating for more pathway systems that are off the main roadways and providing better connectivity to other parks, schools and to our down town area.  I have started plans to work with rail road right of ways to see if an adjacent bike path system can be implemented.  This will provide better connectivity from north to south Tempe.

Specific improvements in Tempe:

4. Where do you think cycling fits in Tempe or any city’s transportation infrastructure and planning?

The biking system is just one peace of the multimode transportation system and it need to provide better connectivity to the rest of the transportation network.  This increases better quality of life in Tempe.

5. Many streets in Tempe do not have bike lanes (Broadway Road, Rural Road, McClintock Drive, Southern Avenue) and are not comfortable for any users other than automobile drivers. What measures would you support to improve the state of bike lane frequency in Tempe (i.e. road diets, shared spaces for bikes/buses, increased bike lanes)?

I am all for investigating if better bike lanes can be utilized on our major roadways.

6. How will you work with ADOT to obtain more bicycle and pedestrian facilities adjacent to and over the local freeway system like Country Club Way and Alameda Drive?  Bicyclists have requested freeway crossings at Alameda and the I-10 and the Western Canal and I-10 and Balboa and 101 etc…

Freeways crossings in key areas are vital for better connectivity and safety for pedestrian and bicyclists.  We need to investigate and prioritize needs as budgets start to improve.  I will always be an advocate for Tempe to be the leader in multimode transportation with better connectivity that improves quality of life.

7. The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is surrounded by roadway devoid of bike lanes. How would you make the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport accessible by bike?

Connectivity to the airport would be interesting.  My first thought would be to investigate extending the north side bike path of the Tempe Town Lake to have access into the airport.  This would open interesting discussions to see what the possibilities are.  With relationships that I already have intact with airport personal, a discussion could be easily started.

Tempe’s cycling image in the US

8. How would you increase Tempe’s standing in the broader bicycle community? For example, how would you help Tempe grow from its “silver” status with the League of American Bicyclists to a “platinum” status?

More pathway that are off the road ways will help us achieve platinum status.  Example like a north and south connection utilizing right of ways next to rail road tracks.

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The board of Tempe Bicycle Action Group recently sent questions to all of the candidates for Tempe Mayor and City Council prior to the upcoming election, so that the voters of Tempe can hear the candidate’s positions on cycling and cycling related issues.

Responses from all of the candidates can be found here: http://www.biketempe.org/tempe-election-bicycle-qa-candidates-responses/

Response from Mayoral Candidate Mark Mitchell:

1. Do you ride a bicycle on the valley area roads/trails and why?

Absolutely.  My wife and girls often ride our bicycles along the Western Canal in South Tempe and to locate restaurants and shops on the weekend.  Biking is great exercise and an excellent way to reconnect as a family after the work week.

2. Do you think cycling in Tempe is safe for you, your family members and friends? What would do to improve the safety of the cycling environment?

On the whole, I do think that Tempe is safe for cyclists, including me and my family.  The new bike paths Tempe has constructed have made biking through most of the city quite safe for our residents.  I do have concerns that some of our major streets could be made safer for those on their bikes, and I’ll work with city planners to see how we can designate lanes and paths to make Tempe even more bicycle friendly.

3. What have you done or worked on in the past that shows your record of being involved in bicycle safety or road/trail improvement campaigns? Please elaborate.

I helped the City obtain federal grants to construct and finish the Western Canal Multi-Use Path Project and the Crosscut Multi-Use Path Phase II.  These were wonderful improvements to Tempe and allow our residents to safely bike from Arizona Mills all the way to Price Road.  The city also provides traffic and cycling classes, and provides residents with safety pamphlets and maps.

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4. Where do you think cycling fits in Tempe or any city’s transportation infrastructure and planning?

Three percent of Tempe residents bike to work, one of the highest percentages of bike commuters in the country.  This doesn’t include all of the students living around ASU who use their bikes to get back and forth to school.  In order to meet the needs of our residents, Tempe has to put a high priority on cycling.  Our urban design plan already embraces bicycling, but as Mayor, I’ll work with the bicycle community to make sure that we are meeting the needs of the bicycling community.

5. Many streets in Tempe do not have bike lanes (Broadway Road, Rural Road, McClintock Drive, Southern Avenue) and are not comfortable for any users other than automobile drivers. What measures would you support to improve the state of bike lane frequency in Tempe (i.e. road diets, shared spaces for bikes/buses, increased bike lanes)?

As I have said, Tempe is a bicycle-friendly city and I am proud of that fact. But there is clearly room for improvement. I will work closely with the bicycle community to identify needed improvements, and will work with my fellow council members to incorporate these improvements into Tempe’s short and long-range street improvement plans where feasible.

6. How will you work with ADOT to obtain more bicycle and pedestrian facilities adjacent to and over the local freeway system like Country Club Way and Alameda Drive?  Bicyclists have requested freeway crossings at Alameda and the I-10 and the Western Canal and I-10 and Balboa and 101 etc…

I will take a leadership role on regional planning boards like MAG, which handles the long-range planning for our freeway system. There I can advocate for new bicycle crossings and pedestrian facilities for Tempe.

7. The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is surrounded by roadway devoid of bike lanes. How would you make the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport accessible by bike?

I am open to improving and creating bike paths along the Salt River basin which would end near the new Lightrail Transit Stop next to the people mover.  We could work with Phoenix to create an area where bicycles can travel safely.

Tempe’s cycling image in the US

8. How would you increase Tempe’s standing in the broader bicycle community? For example, how would you help Tempe grow from its “silver” status with the League of American Bicyclists to a “platinum” status?

Tempe is continually recognized as a bicycle friendly community and I’m proud that the League of American Bicyclists has designated Tempe a silver-level award winner every application cycle since 2003, but there is always room for improvement.  Our urban design plan already embraces bicycling, but I would like to make Tempe one of the leading bicycle communities in the entire country.  This will include a combination of more bike paths, safety programs for our youth, traffic calming measures that make biking safer and consistent enforcement of Tempe’s traffic laws. We can also do more to promote and embrace bicycle-themed events like the annual Tour de Fat, which celebrates our bicycle culture in a fun and unique way.

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The board of Tempe Bicycle Action Group recently sent questions to all of the candidates for Tempe Mayor and City Council prior to the upcoming election, so that the voters of Tempe can hear the candidate’s positions on cycling and cycling related issues.

Responses from all of the candidates can be found here: http://www.biketempe.org/tempe-election-bicycle-qa-candidates-responses/

 

Response from Mayoral Candidate Linda Spears

 

Personal questions
1. Do you ride a bicycle on the valley area roads/trails and why?

Ride on trails for recreational purposes.  

2a. Do you think cycling in Tempe is safe for you, your family members and friends?

Safe on trails, not all streets.

2b. What would do do to improve the safety of the cycling environment?”

Need more dedicated bikeways to improve safety.

3. What have you done or worked on in the past that shows your record of being involved in bicycle safety or road/trail improvement campaigns?

Not involved in the past.  Please elaborate. 

 

Specific improvements in Tempe

4. Where do you think cycling fits in Tempe or any city’s transportation  infrastructure and planning?

Cycling is part of a multi modal transportation plan.

5. Many streets in Tempe do not have bike lanes (Broadway Road, Rural Road, McClintock Drive, Southern Avenue) and are not comfortable for any users other than automobile drivers. What measures would you support to improve the state of bike lane frequency in Tempe (i.e. road diets, shared spaces for bikes/buses, increased bike lanes)?

Complex question – no one answer fits all situations.  Where roads are wide enough, bike lanes and dedicated bus lanes are reasonable.  Restriping of lanes to facilitate bike lanes, eliminating left turn lanes based on traffic levels may also be possible.

6. How will you work with ADOT to obtain more bicycle and pedestrian facilities adjacent to and over the local freeway system like Country Club Way and Alameda Drive?  Bicyclists have requested freeway crossings at Alameda and the I-10 and the Western Canal and I-10 and Balboa and 101 etc…

Being an advocate for Tempe infrastructure improvements with ADOT is a Mayor’s role.  The crossing at Country Club Way and US 60 was very contriversal – neighborhood fought that crossing fearing that crime would come to their neighborhoods.  It’s a difficult balancing act to determine the greater good.

7. The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is surrounded by roadway devoid of bike lanes. How would you make the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport accessible by bike?

The clearest path would be down Washington to the transit site at 44th St., providing bike storage there with passenger transport to the terminals via the rail system.

 

Tempe’s cycling image in the US

8. How would you increase Tempe’s standing in the broader bicycle community? For example, how would you help Tempe grow from its “silver” status with the League of American Bicyclists to a “platinum” status?  

Not familiar with the rating system.  Willing to work with the cycling community to achieve.

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The board of Tempe Bicycle Action Group recently sent questions to all of the candidates for Tempe Mayor and City Council prior to the upcoming Tempe Mayoral and City Council election, so that the voters of Tempe can hear the candidate’s positions on cycling and cycling related issues.

Responses from all of the candidates can be found here: http://www.biketempe.org/tempe-election-bicycle-qa-candidates-responses/


Response from City Council Candidate GC Saarup

 

Personal questions

1. Do you ride a bicycle on the valley area roads/trails and why?

Although I own a mountain type bicycle, I have not recently had the chance to ride on a regular basis within the valley or on our local roads. I used to be an avid motorcycle rider and we still have problems with drivers of automobiles not seeing motorcycles. Tempe has made great improvements to our bicycle transit system, but I still do not feel safe riding a bicycle for the trips that I take on a regular basis for the same reasons I did not feel 100% safe riding a motorcycle.

2. Do you think cycling in Tempe is safe for you, your family members and friends? What would do do to improve the safety of the cycling environment?

I do not think bicycling is safe in the metro Phoenix area or Tempe. Safety may have been the priority behind the recent addition of stop lights at canal crossings along certain streets in Tempe for runners, walkers, and bicyclists, but I believe that they were not implemented in the best or most efficient way. I think I have seen more incidents since their installation than without them. We need to search for or create technologies that help all motorists and modes of transportation share the road safely and efficiently.

3. What have you done or worked on in the past that shows your record of being involved in bicycle safety or road/trail improvement campaigns? Please elaborate.

I have not had the opportunity in recent months to actively work with groups such as yours, but I would definitely welcome the opportunity to do so after seeing various and numerous accidents in my immediate community. My neighbor was hit by a vehicle a few months ago while crossing a canal, and he has to be one of the safest people I know as a bicyclist.

 

Specific improvements in Tempe

4. Where do you think cycling fits in Tempe or any city’s transportation infrastructure and planning?

Our great city has made great strides in fitting cycling into the current transportation infrastructure, but we have to do more than just fit it in to the current infrastructure. We need to plan efficiently and think outside the normal status quo and be a leader in a truly bicycle friendly community.

5. Many streets in Tempe do not have bike lanes (Broadway Road, Rural Road, McClintock Drive, Southern Avenue) and are not comfortable for any users other than automobile drivers. What measures would you support to improve the state of bike lane frequency in Tempe (i.e. road diets, shared spaces for bikes/buses, increased bike lanes)?

Transportation is one of main tenets of my platform. We all have to get somewhere each and every day. Bicycles were here before the automobile and even with technological advances will probably be here after what we see today as the automobile. We need to aggressively seek logical ways to improve traffic flow with all forms of transportation and this definitely means to include bicycles. The thought of removing a vehicle lane to add or make room for a bicycle lane or other form of transportation should not be considered foolish. There are many technologies available or soon to be available to help improve the efficiency of traffic flow that can work harmoniously with bicycles and other modes of transportation. I would welcome the opportunity to work with groups like T.B.A.G. and other members in the community to ensure that we find the best possible solution.

6. How will you work with ADOT to obtain more bicycle and pedestrian facilities adjacent to and over the local freeway system like Country Club Way and Alameda Drive? Bicyclists have requested freeway crossings at Alameda and the I-10 and the Western Canal and I-10 and Balboa and 101 etc…

Former Mayor Neil Giuliano had a great influence on projects related to the freeway system passing through the Tempe city limits, so I know we can and should have a great influence for the needs of our community and make certain that ADOT hears the needs of our community.

A pedestrian and bicycle friendly bridge at Alameda and I-10 could be a great idea for Anaheim Angel spring training baseball games or those commuting to the numerous businesses on both sides of the I-10. We need to not only think of our own citizens, but those in the neighboring areas. We also need to remember our fellow Tempeans living on the opposite sides of the main city area that are split by our local freeway system. I’m certain that there are many people that would love to bicycle from the South Phoenix area to work in the West Tempe area. We need to not only think of the tangible benefits, but those we can create by a bridge such as that idea. We also need to communicate with our community to ensure that is what is needed or desired. I have heard from local residents close to the Country Club Way bridge that it was something that was needed or desired.

7. The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is surrounded by roadway devoid of bike lanes. How would you make the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport accessible by bike?

At first thought I wonder how or why anyone would ride a bike with luggage to either pick someone up or to take off to a nice destination themselves, but it’s that kind of thinking that traps us in our current situation. If we can educate our community on the rights and wrongs of the road, the benefits to our environment and our bodies, overall safety, and sharing the road both ways with other modes of transportation, then we as a community would do everything possible to make Sky Harbor accessible by bicycle. We have seen that cargo type bikes are being created and bicycles with simple trailers as well, so we need to think for the long term as we see how our transportation needs will change and make certain that everything within our community are accessible by all means of transportation

 

Tempe’s cycling image in the US

8. How would you increase Tempe’s standing in the broader bicycle community? For example, how would you help Tempe grow from its “silver” status with the League of American Bicyclists to a “platinum” status?

I respect the views set forth by the League of American Bicyclists and their different metallic status levels, but we should not have a goal of moving Tempe higher from silver status to platinum status. We should as a city government and a community set the standard that the League of American Bicyclists look to and admire as one of the top bicycle friendly cities in America and the world.

We can start with education of safe rules of the road for all modes of transportation. We could also work with local business to help promote more bicycle friendly locations. I know an establishment off of Broadway and Roosevelt in Tempe that allows its patrons to park their bicycles inside. There are many ideas we can implement such as safer parking areas or special deals offered to those that ride a bicycle or other special mode of transportation. If we work as a community, then we will make this community the example to truly be bicycle friendly. I thank you for the opportunity to answer these questions and hope to work with your group more closely in the future.

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The board of Tempe Bicycle Action Group recently sent questions to all of the candidates for Tempe Mayor and City Council prior to the upcoming Tempe Mayoral and City Council election, so that the voters of Tempe can hear the candidate’s positions on cycling and cycling related issues.

Responses from all of the candidates can be found here: http://www.biketempe.org/tempe-election-bicycle-qa-candidates-responses/

 

Response from City Council Candidate Dick Foreman

Personal questions

1. Do you ride a bicycle on the valley area roads/trails and why?

I ride several times per week. We chose to live in downtown Tempe with my family so it’s not just rides around Town Lake that we do together. My wife, 7 year old little girl and I are all avid users. We ride to dinner, ASU events, and generally use our bikes as much a form of basic transportation as we do pure enjoyment. We ride our bikes more than we drive on the weekends and seldom ever get into our car. We chose living in downtown Tempe for specific reasons, and that was one of the major reasons.

2. Do you think cycling in Tempe is safe for you, your family members and friends? What would do do to improve the safety of the cycling environment?

For the most part, I think Tempe is one of the “safer” cities to ride in with defined bicycle paths in many areas and with ASU being bike friendly for reaching most of it’s facilities. However, it seems that the driver is still the challenge regardless, with road sharing issues our greatest concern. Drivers still get frustrated, at times, when a cyclist shares the roadway where no other lane is available and all could be solved with just a bit of patience. But the driver will take chances and make moves that endanger others. Not sure if education alone will work, but it remains a problem.

3. What have you done or worked on in the past that shows your record of being involved in bicycle safety or road/trail improvement campaigns? Please elaborate.

I have purchased my bikes from local bike shops so we make sure to go over the usual safety criteria/advice with our daughter especially, and I do have a motorcycle endorsement on my driver’s license so many if not all the safety requirements to get endorsed are relevant to bike safety so I share those with my family, especially safe stopping distances! That’s always a challenge with a 7 year old. As a representative of one of the larger companies, we supported the construction of bike paths and actively represented our interests to policy makers. One of my employees, a very avid cyclist, actually lobbied the legislature.

 

Specific improvements in Tempe

4. Where do you think cycling fits in Tempe or any city’s transportation infrastructure and planning?

It’s obviously huge. Tempe, more than any other East Valley city, needs alternatives to vehicles to be viable, being utterly land locked on all sides and infrastructure, roads, sidewalks etc. needing to recognize that our population must move around in alternative ways. Tempe also has the challenge of being the “drive through” city for many commuters and it would obviously be a benefit if commuter traffic could be lessened by design or by even greater use of mass transit.

5. Many streets in Tempe do not have bike lanes (Broadway Road, Rural Road, McClintock Drive, Southern Avenue) and are not comfortable for any users other than automobile drivers. What measures would you support to improve the state of bike lane frequency in Tempe (i.e. road diets, shared spaces for bikes/buses, increased bike lanes)?

I am open to all discussions. I was on the Tempe Union High School Board and led the effort to permanently slow down traffic around our high schools, a change in the law that remains to this day; specifically affecting Marcos de Niza, McClintock, Corona del Sol and Tempe High. I still hear some people complaining about having to slow to 35, which really is them slowing to 50 from going 60 in many cases, and we have 2000 students with bikes and on foot all around those congested areas. It is hard to believe that even when we are talking about children, we have a battle with cars to deal with. Tempe can slow down a bit, be safer, share the road and become a safer, more sustainable community. I am open to many ideas that can be used to cause that result.

6. How will you work with ADOT to obtain more bicycle and pedestrian facilities adjacent to and over the local freeway system like Country Club Way and Alameda Drive?

Bicyclists have requested freeway crossings at Alameda and the I-10 and the Western Canal and I-10 and Balboa and 101 etc…Again, major transportation planners often look at cycling as an after thought. When we relegate such a major form of transportation to the back burner, we obviously do not sustain it’s place in many public budgets with much vigor. I could not be more supportive of freeway crossings for both pedestrians and bicycles as they not only safely keep vehicles and other users of the road apart from high speed traffic, they also connect neighborhoods and have a host of alternative benefits. An active voice at the council level cannot hurt in advocating for the inclusion of such facilities in major planning.

7. The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is surrounded by roadway devoid of bike lanes. How would you make the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport accessible by bike?

I don’t wish to sound harsh, but the airport is so crowded and people in such a hurry, anything other than a dedicated path would concern me. I just do not see a good fit here but I am open to ideas and thoughts. The new light rail line under construction would seem to be the best alternative in that the cyclist could load onto the light rail and get all the way to the terminal, but it’s obviously a stop and ride situation and not conducive to luggage or many carry ons. For the money, I think I would focus more on making our city more bike friendly than how to re-design the airport, even if that were a good idea. I’ve never even seen a plan for such.

 

Tempe’s cycling image in the US

8. How would you increase Tempe’s standing in the broader bicycle community? For example, how would you help Tempe grow from its “silver” status with the League of American Bicyclists to a “platinum” status?

I’m going to take a wild guess here and assume that bicycle theft is a huge part of our problem. My daughter’s bike was stolen last week. My granddaughter has had two bikes stolen in the last year. Every bike I’ve ever owned, in fact, has been stolen except for the bikes I have now! I lock my bikes, but that isn’t enough. Better ID systems being built into the bikes, location devices perhaps, might help. Local law enforcement considers bike theft a nuisance to deal with and the bike thieves know it. Of course, Tempe is the PERFECT place to put focus on bike use and cycling in general. We have a remarkable opportunity to expand our bike trail system, we have unique destinations and we have fairly defined neighborhoods. It seems to lay out perfectly for a bike master plan that would permit that choice as one of our primary connectors for many residents because everything in Tempe is really accessible in terms of distance from one another. If there is a master plan, I would like to get educated on it. If there is not a master plan, we should make it and begin achieving it! Again, I would enjoy learning more about the bigger picture of bicycle use in Tempe and what we might be able to do to significantly improve safety, use, enjoyment and rational transit options/planning as a result.

 

 

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The board of Tempe Bicycle Action Group recently sent questions to all of the candidates for Tempe Mayor and City Council prior to the upcoming Tempe Mayoral and City Council election, so that the voters of Tempe can hear the candidate’s positions on cycling and cycling related issues.

Responses from all of the candidates can be found here: http://www.biketempe.org/tempe-election-bicycle-qa-candidates-responses/

 

Response from City Council Candidate Kolby Granville:

 

Personal questions

1. Do you ride a bicycle on the valley area roads/trails and why?

YES. I HAVE A CRUISER BIKE THAT I RIDE, ON AVERAGE, 1-2 TIMES A WEEK TO MILL AVENUE, OR TO THE LIGHT RAIL STOP. I RIDE MY BIKE FOR EXERCISE, AND SO I DON’T HAVE TO LOOK FOR PARKING.

2. Do you think cycling in Tempe is safe for you, your family members and friends? What would do do to improve the safety of the cycling environment?

IT IS RELATIVELY SAFE, THE ISSUE IS THE NEED FOR A GROWING NUMBER OF BIKE LANES. THE LARGER ISSUE IS THERE SIMPLY ARE NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE THAT BIKE, SO DRIVERS ARE NOT TRAINED TO LOOK FOR THEM. IN A PERFECT WORLD, THERE WOULD BE A DIVIDED AREA FOR BIKES, LIKE IN DENMARK, BUT IN THE SHORT TERM, MORE BIKES LANES ARE THE KEY.

3. What have you done or worked on in the past that shows your record of being involved in bicycle safety or road/trail improvement campaigns? Please elaborate.

I HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE “TOUR DE TEMPE” TO INCREASE BIKE AWARENESS.


Specific improvements in Tempe

4. Where do you think cycling fits in Tempe or any city’s transportation  infrastructure and planning?

IT SHOULD FIT IN AS PART OF ANY ROAD ALTERATIONS IN THE FUTURE, AS PART OF A LONG TERM PLAN TO ADD BIKE LANES TO EVERY STREET IN TEMPE.

5. Many streets in Tempe do not have bike lanes (Broadway Road, Rural Road, McClintock Drive, Southern Avenue) and are not comfortable for any users other than automobile drivers. What measures would you support to improve the state of bike lane frequency in Tempe (i.e. road diets, shared spaces for bikes/buses, increased bike lanes)?

SEE ANSWER #1. EVERY MAJOR ROAD IN TEMPE SHOULD HAVE A BIKE LANE.

6. How will you work with ADOT to obtain more bicycle and pedestrian facilities adjacent to and over the local freeway system like Country Club Way and Alameda Drive?  Bicyclists have requested freeway crossings at Alameda and the I-10 and the Western Canal and I-10 and Balboa and 101 etc…

THIS WOULD HAVE TO BE PART OF A MUCH LONGER TERM PLAN. WHILE I AM IN FAVOR OF IT, IN CONCEPT, I WOULD NEED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ADOT’S PLANS BEFORE GOING INTO GREATER DETAIL ON REALISTIC TIME FRAMES.

7. The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is surrounded by roadway devoid of bike lanes. How would you make the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport accessible by bike?

THIS IS NOT AN AREA WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF TEMPE. WHILE I AGREE THAT THE AIRPORT SHOULD HAVE BIKE LANES LEADING UP TO IT, AS WELL AS A PLACE FOR LONG TERM BIKE PARKING, ALL THAT TEMPE CAN DO IS SERVE AS A VOICE AMONG OTHERS IN ENCOURAGING THE CHANGE.

Tempe’s cycling image in the US

8. How would you increase Tempe’s standing in the broader bicycle community? For example, how would you help Tempe grow from its “silver” status with the League of American Bicyclists to a “platinum” status?

ADD BIKE LANES, ADD BIKE LANES, ADD BIKES LANES. AND, ALTHOUGH YOU DID NOT ASK THIS QUESTION, THERE MUST BE A LONG TERM PLAN TO DEAL WITH BIKE THEFT IN TEMPE. IF RESIDENTS ARE NOT COMFORTABLE LEAVING THEIR BIKE AND HAVING IT SAFE, CYCLING WILL NEVER TRULY TAKE OFF IN TEMPE.


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