Questions from Cycle Stratford

 1) How often do you ride a bicycle? For what purpose? Recreation? Commuting to work? Other? How often do you/your family use the city’s multi-use trails?

From reading the Stratford 2014 Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan, I would support accelerating the implementation.  When we look at the documentation around heathy active lifestyles and the impact on personal health, community health, health costs and mental health, it makes sense to commit and to move forward in a meaningful way.  Cycling in Stratford should be a valid alternative mode of transportation in this community.  We are the perfect size and have the routes for that to happen.  Looking at Affordable Living and Improving Community, I see cycling and multi-use paths as part of the foundation to support those two areas.  

 2) From your reading  of the Stratford 2014 Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan,  would you support:

    a)  accelerating the implementation (and any needed changes) to that plan?

    b) implementing the plan as it is written?

    c) doing nothing on active transportation in the immediate future?

    Please briefly explain your position.


From reading the Stratford 2014 Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan, I would support accelerating the implementation.  When we look at the documentation around heathy active lifestyles and the impact on personal health, community health, health costs and mental health, it makes sense to commit and to move forward in a meaningful way.  Cycling in Stratford should be a valid alternative mode of transportation in this community.  We are the perfect size and have the routes for that to happen.  Looking at Affordable Living and Improving Community, I see cycling and multi-use paths as part of the foundation to support those two areas.  

3) At what level do you support the dedication of sustainable funding to building the cycling /active transportation network        needed for safe cycling in our community?

   a) at $250 K per year (less than $8 per resident per year)?

   b) Less than $250K per year?

   c) More than $250K per year (e.g. over the next 15 years)? 

      Please briefly explain your position:

I would support what was supported in 2014 - $350K per year understanding that is for truly re-shaping the city. At the low end, at least that figure of $250k you offer as an option. However,  we should continue to explore funding, research new ways to reach our goal earlier. Twenty years is a long time to wait for a truly, bikeable city when we are facing high levels of health issues from senditary lifestyles, not to mention rising poverty levels. We need committed action now.

 4) Do you support the city dedicating a full time staff person to support the implementation (and adaptation as necessary)          of  the city’s active transportation plan and programs? Please briefly explain your position:

I would support the City of Stratford making active transportation part of someone's job responsibilities.  I do not feel that position, for our needs, warrants a full time position. I do believe it needs to be assigned and that staff person is fully engaged, meeting targets, reporting up and to Council and the community.  If someone is not dedicated to active transporation at the staff level, there is no real credibility to what the city says it will do, nor is there accountability to follow up as I would suggest we have seen with the plan from 2014. The ATAC report card from 2016 shows less than 10 per cent of the 110 km of the routes planned were in place. The total investment to date as fallen short by hundreds of thousands of dollars. To me that indicates, active transportation is not being taken seriously.  

 5) Is there anything else you’d like add about your position on active transportation in our city?

I feel active transporation options are key to Affordable Living options and Improving Community - 2/3 of my platform points.  We need safe, well marked, well lit, accessible routes.  Mutli-use paths, and being able to bike or to work can make a difference as individuals and families grapple with the expense of living here. Improving Community - all the research points to health benefits, environmental benefits and economic benefits - cycling makes good sense.