2011 Mayor Questionnaire
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It has been repeatedly shown that the most effective way to boost the number of people bicycling in San Francisco and improve the bicycling experience is to designate dedicated space for bicycling through physically separated bikeways and traffic-calmed streets.
Terry Baum: Yes. The Green Party also supports fixing state law for bikes to conform with common practice: allowing bikes to treat stop signs as a yield, and red lights as stop signs (already the law in the Socialist paradise known as "Idaho"). This would enable safer streets for both bikers and car drivers.
David Chiu: I have strongly supported separated bike lanes and Connecting the City. These improvements, particularly on the streets described above, are tremendously important to the citywide bike network, and I will direct City staff to complete them. We need to build support among merchants and residents concerned about major street changes, and I will be a strong partner in making the case for why these changes are vital to our economic vitality and livability.
Paul Currier: Yes.
Bevan Dufty: I worked with neighborhood leaders to create traffic calming bike lanes along the San Jose / Guerrero corridor. While the removal of vehicle lanes wasn't popular with many commuters, it improved the quality of life significantly for neighborhood residents.
Tony Hall: Yes, as long as the process is done through incentive and not mandate.
Dennis Herrera : The Connecting the City initiative is an exciting and welcome effort to turn San Francisco into a world-class cycling city, reduce our carbon footprint and make our streets safer and more enjoyable. I fully support the goals articulated by the initiative and will do everything I possibly can to prioritize these projects as mayor.
Emil Lawrence: Here, we have to talk about training and more training. There is no free ride. Bicycling in a city rolling with automobiles is a dangerous affair. Once the rider understands this, learns to observe what he or she is doing, while riding at all times, learning like a boxer to be on he defensive…ridership without hazards will come.
Ed Lee: I strongly support the San Francisco Bike Coalition’s vision of having a contiguous network of bikes lanes throughout our City that would make it safe for 8 year olds -80 years old to bike throughout the city. Investment and expansion of our bicycle network is a proven method of improving our city’s streetscape and liveabilty.
Wilma Pang: I agree.
Joanna Rees: Yes.
Phil Ting: I am a strong supporter of improving the transportation infrastructure of our city, and this includes improving the safety of our cyclists. During my year in China, I cycled all around Beijing as my only means of transit and I witnessed what a different dedicated and buffered bike lanes make in a crowded city. I will commit to working towards improving the 25 miles of crosstown bikeways, but I will note that the budget [response truncated]
Leland Yee: Yes, I support creating bike routes throughout San Francisco – and recognize that this goal will need to be balanced with our budget constraints and integrated with our street improvement plans to create efficiency in improving striping of bike lanes.
Cesar Ascarrunz: I was the first to approve the bike lanes on Valencia Street against the wishes of then Mayor Willie Brown. I am a big supporter of San Francisco becoming more bike accessible. This is something that needs to be done since so many residents would now rather bike, than drive or take public transit.
John Avalos: Yes. The network must feel safe for everyone, from young children to senior citizens, with separate facilities (cycle tracks, paths), bike lanes, and very slow-speed traffic-calmed streets. In fact, 25 miles is too few. I will support the serious investment necessary to build a complete network, including for example two-way cycle tracks on each side of San Jose Ave. in District 11. A more bike-friendly city is better and safer for everyone--not just bicyclists.
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