2011 Mayor Questionnaire
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The City has established a goal that 20% of trips in San Francisco be made by bicycle by 2020. Do you endorse this goal? What will you do as Mayor to realize this goal, providing a better San Francisco biking experience for locals and visitors?
John Avalos: Yes. Learning from Amsterdam, Freiburg, and Copenhagen, I will:
Terry Baum: Yes. I support physically separated bike lanes on busy streets such as Market, and permanently closing some streets (such as Valencia) to cars in order to create a better experience for pedestrians and cyclists.
David Chiu: As Board President, inspired by what I have observed in other cities, I was proud to champion the legislation to set the 20% goal. As Mayor, I will make sure we reach the 20% goal by connecting our city with a comprehensive bike network, expanding bike education in our schools, improving bike parking, cracking down on bike theft, and implementing traffic design treatments that make streets safer for riders of all ages.
Paul Currier: I do support the goal and more. We need to completely redesign public and private transportation in San Francisco. We need better thought out Bicycle routes as Bicycles are going go be a huge part of our future as we move away from gasoline as fuel.
Bevan Dufty: Yes. As Supervisor, I championed bike lanes and other improvements. As mayor I will support cross-town, separated bikeways. This will take stakeholders and community involvement and buy-in, and I will be a Mayor personally building consensus and reach 20%. I supported bike lanes and the removal of parking in my District even when it was not popular, but was comfortable doing so after rigorous stakeholder, SFMTA, and community input, pilot phases, and creative problem solving.
Tony Hall: Yes, I endorse the goal. As Mayor I will promote bicycle usage as a safe alternative means of transportation.
Dennis Herrera : I do endorse the established 20% goal. Aside from advancing policies that promote bicycle safety, as mayor I will aggressively pursue smart-growth land use policies that make cycling a viable alternative to auto travel. By building in a way that makes cycling an inherently more attractive transportation option, we can put more riders on the road, which has also been proven to increase cyclist safety and improve the biking experience for everyone.
Emil Lawrence: Yes, I do endorse it. We will need more streets with just walkways, and no cars. And, we will need stuff to boost the merchants that have stores in these areas, if they lose business due to the initial lack of automobiles. Outside of this, bicycle traffic can grow.
Ed Lee: I support the goal of increasing the use of bicycles to 20% of trips in San Francisco by the year 2020. I am proud that our city government has just completed the installation of 50 percent of the bike network expansion, including the completion of 17 bike lane projects. As City Administrator and now as Mayor I have overseen a rapid expansion of this network since last August when the four-year Superior Court injunction of [response truncated]
Wilma Pang: Yes,
Joanna Rees: I fully support this goal and will work to achieve it when I am mayor. San Francisco needs additional dedicated bike lanes, more bike storage options and a completed and well publicized bike network throughout the city. If traveling via bike is both safe and an efficient use of time, more people will take advantage of using a bike.
Phil Ting: Yes, I think that increasing the number of bicycle trips to 20% is an important goal to adhere to, and I will continue to support that goal if elected Mayor. But in order to encourage this goal, we have to first make sure that the roads are safe for bicyclists.
Leland Yee: Yes, I endorse the goals of the Bike Plan to increase the daily number of bicycle trips in San Francisco, develop improved methods for tracking bicycle usage and reduce the rate of bicycle collisions as bicycle usage increases and will work toward full implementation of the Bike Plan.
Cesar Ascarrunz: I believe that this will be a goal that we can reach. As Mayor of San Francisco I will endorse this goal. As a past Traffic Commissioner I have always stood behind more bike lanes in the City.
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