Peter A. Klivans
Candidate for BART Board of Directors, District 9
1. Do you use a bicycle in the city? If so, for what purposes and how often? (commuting, recreation, errands) Please indicate how you most commonly commute to work. (Please limit response to 100 words.)
My family and I bike recreationally. Because we have young children, we stick to paved off-road bike paths. In the past year, we have biked the Fisherman's Wharf to Crissy Field path and the Angel Island Bike path. I commute 100% of the time on the N-Judah line from Cole Valley to Embarcadero.
2. The City has established an official goal that 10% of trips in San Francisco be made by bicycle by 2010. The most effective way to reach this goal is to designate dedicated space for bicyclists through new bike lanes, paths, and traffic-calmed streets (i.e., the Citywide Bike Network). In the next year, the City's Bicycle Plan should be re-instated after a 3-year delay in physical bike improvements on city property, which was caused by a lawsuit and a slow Environmental Review process. The silver lining to this frustrating situation is that a significant package of Bike Network improvements -- 50+ proposals for bike lanes and intersection improvements throughout the city -- will be fully analyzed and ready for legislation and implementation.
As a BART Board member, would you support improvements on streets identified as key bike routes to BART stations, which will fill significant gaps in the Citywide Bike Network and which, in some cases may include removal of existing on-street parking or traffic lanes?
3. Would you support a citywide goal to decrease the number of motor vehicle trips in San Francisco, understanding that in addition to improving transit, bicycling, and walking, the goal would be met by also making motor vehicle trips and parking less convenient in some cases? Would you actively support this goal as a member of the BART Board of Directors by supporting pro-bicycling policies at BART?
4. While BART has expanded its access to bicycles on trains in the past decade, there are still blackout periods for people with bikes during key commute hours. We understand that BART is conducting a pilot program to test whether changes can be made to allow bikes on the trains during all hours of service. Do you support the effort to allow bike access on BART at all hours?
5. Many Bay Area residents commute between counties and would be more likely to combine transit and bicycling if BART provided more secure bicycle parking at its stations. Do you support the addition of and funding of more secure bike parking stations (such as those in Berkeley, Embarcadero, Fruitvale) and bike lockers?
6. What do you consider to be the greatest transportation problem facing the City and what solutions do you propose? (Please limit response to 100 words.)
Despite San Francisco's great efforts, relative to other U.S. cities, in encouraging alternatives to the car, I think that the greatest problem continues to be an overreliance on private automobiles. The solution is to make alternatives -- whether BART, Muni, cycling routes, or shared autos or bicycles -- as convenient and quick as private automobiles. This means more BART, more Muni, more cycle routes, and more car-share and bicycle-share programs. Moreover, there need not be financial constraints on these alternatives. For example, significant financial resources could be unlocked by developing the space above existing BART parking lots or Muni bus yards.
7. What issues would you focus attention on as a BART Board member that would be helpful to encourage more and better bicycle commuting? (Please limit response to 100 words.)
BART must constantly strive to increase ridership, including more bicycle commuters. BART can increase the number of bicycle commuters by making it just as easy to take a bicycle on BART as it is to take a stroller. For example, BART should explore the possibility of including train cars with fewer seats on the longer trains used during rush hours. Fewer seats means more space for bicycles without decreasing the number of fare-paying passengers. Similarly, BART should work to expand the number of elevators, without locating them at the dark ends of stations, and keep them cleaner.