Ronald (Ron) Jones
390 Randolph N9B 2T6
Phone: (519) 252-1005
1) What are your views on cycling in Windsor?
For leisure cycling Windsor has been doing an adequate, although not exceptional job of providing areas for individuals and families. As a mode of transportation to and from work, the City has a long way to go to make this option a safe and encouraged option to personal or public transportation.
2) Do you own a bike? How often do you ride it?
3) Recent reserch 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?
More and clearer signage needs to be erected throughout the City. An awareness programme and co-ordination plus more visibility by the various cycling groups throughout the City and County as well as the committee Councillor Halberstadt sits on needs to take place. Perhaps sections in the City Parking Garages could be adapted for storage of bicycles of individuals who work or are just coming downtown.
4) What do you think needs to be done to make Windsor more bicycle friendly?
Knowledge and awareness both on the part of the cyclist but also of the motorist and pedestrians.
The old Bicycle Rodeos that the police used to put on once or twice a year could be resurrected. When young people are given the correct information and skills they tend to carry those through to adult hood. Additionally the province (Ministry of Transportation) along with Driver Training Schools/Facilities should include a section on rules and regulations for cyclists. Drivers as well as cyclists need to know and adhere to traffic regulations.
5) What are your views on enforcing cycling laws in Windsor?
Everyone whether operating a motor vehicle or a bicycle needs to adhere to the laws and each should be held responsible for their actions. It is no less dangerous if a car runs a stop sign than if a cyclist runs one. Both actions could result in devastating results. Included in this should be enforcement of mandatory helmets. Parents, grandparents, older siblings should set the standards (although not currently mandatory for over 16) on the wearing of helmets.
6) Are you willing to make a commitment to bike to at least 4 city council meetings per year, to lead by example?
Unfortunately no. However I do encourage my children and grandchildren to ride (all wear helmets at all times).