1) What are your views on cycling in Windsor?
I feel that Windsor can be quite a difficult city to bike around. I didn’t get my drivers license until I was 24 years of age – I required it for employment reasons. Until that time cycling was my primary mode of transportation.
I find that there are a significant number of bike lane signs around our city but very limited designated space. Particularly in South Windsor it is quite dangerous to drive into the downtown area via Dougal and Howard Avenue.
2) Do you own a bike? How often do you ride it?
I own a Canadian made Rocky Mountain mountain bike that is equipped with road tires for city cycling. I ride it at least twice per week.
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?
I think it is important that we attempt to designate more space for bike lanes to increase the safety of city cycling. Sharing the road with motor vehicles can be quite intimidating.
4) What do you think needs to be done to make Windsor more bicycle friendly?
Same as three with the addition that designated bike lanes and spaces once properly established need to be promoted to area residents to first, encourage more cycling and second, ensure that it is done is done in the safest areas possible.
5) What are your views on enforcing cycling laws in Windsor?
I think that both enforcement and awareness are important. Efforts should be taken on both fronts to make cycling safer in our city.
6) Are you willing to make a commitment to bike to at least 4 city council meetings per year, to lead by example?
Absolutely. I also think that your survey is an excellent step in raising awareness and putting the matter into the consciousness of those seeking office. That I am thinking about it I can make that commitment.