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.)
I run San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's sister nonprofit, Livable City, which is dedicated to making San Francisco more sustainable by decreasing automobile dependence (www.livablecity.org). I don't own a car, and cycling is my primary form of transportation. I cycle to work most days, and cycle to shopping, meetings, and for recreation. I ride transit for most other trips, and often cycle to transit.
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.)
The greatest transportation problem facing San Francisco are policies and practices which favor the automobile over sustainable transportation modes (walking, cycling, and public transit). These policies and practices run counter to San Francisco's voter-approved transit first policy, and compromise San Francisco's progress towards becoming a safer, more livable, sustainable, and equitable city.
Streets must be redesigned for safe walking and cycling, and to protect residents and businesses from excessive traffic. Transit must be fast, safe, reliable, accessible, and linked up. Neighborhoods should be designed so that the necessities of everyday life can be found within a short distance. Buildings should be sustainable and designed to create walkable, human-scaled neighborhoods.
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.)
Capacity: BART needs to add more trains during rush hour to allow cycling at all times.
Car interiors: We need to create more room near the doors for bikes on all cars. This effort was started last year, and we just approved funds to expand it to more cars. I am committed to retrofittin the entire fleet as soon as possible.
Secure parking: BART has both monthly reserved lockers, and the new electronic lockers (e-lockers). I am working to add enough e-lockers so they will be available at all times at every station, and am working to get an on-line and mobile phone reservation system. We must complete adding racks in secure areas at every station, and add secure cages and bike stations where demand for bike parking is high.
Path of travel: I secured funding for accessible fare gates at all stations. I am seeking funding to upgrade BART elevators (glass enclosures and centrally located on the platform), and add stair channels.
Access to stations: I am working to get bike trails down the length of every BART right-of-way, and to link up BART stations to local bicycle networks in every city BART serves.