1) What are your views on cycling in Windsor?
I think more people should cycle (and probably will cycle in the coming years), however, we don’t have the infrastructure in place so that many can do it safely. I’ve made a point of pushing for walking and cycling trails in Ward 9, and connection with the Chrysler Greenway just outside of Windsor, but, the problem is broader than access to recreational trails…people need to be able to cycle safely in urban areas.
2) Do you own a bike? How often do you ride it?
I own a bike (a Scott FX35). In warmer months I get out once or twice a week. I also take an annual trip to the Sauble Beach area for some mountain biking. In recent months I am embarrassed to say I haven’t gone at all due to the campaign and a serious knee injury.
3) Recent research shows that 65% of Windsorites have ridden a bike in the last year. What do you think can be done to get more windsorites cycling more often?
Access and information are the key. If we actually had a cross Windsor trail system (once again, that joined with the Chrysler Greenway) in place, with access points close to neighbourhoods, people may be more ikely to ride. At the moment, there is a perception, probably justified, that it is unsafe to ride on city streets. Information (or marketing) regarding those trails and bike safety (both for bike riders and car drivers) couldn’t hurt.
4) What do you think needs to be done to make Windsor more bicycle friendly?
As mentioned, I think bike lanes, trails and more clear instructions, including signage for drivers, are initial steps to making Windsor more bike friendly. In addition, a re-thinking of planning of new neighbourhoods and re-development of old neighbourhoods is a long term solution. People are less likely to bike when the city is sprawled and designed only for car traffic.
5) What are your views on enforcing cycling laws in Windsor?
Cycling safety laws need to be enforced. Helmets can be cumbersome, but, need to be worn and traffic rules observed. However, I think the same goes for enforcement of drivers’ respect of bike lanes and cyclers.
6) Are you willing to make a commitment to bike to at least 4 city council meetings per year, to lead by example?
Yes, I am, subject to two things: (1) the results of and recovery from an upcoming knee surgery (2) bikers’ willingness to join me on those rides and attend at least 4 city council meetings (how is that for a challenge?)