2011 Mayor Questionnaire
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San Francisco has begun a Safe Routes to School program, encouraging students and their families to walk and bike to school, through a well-developed program of education and collaboration with schools and parents, led by the SF Department of Public Health and carried out by the SF Bicycle Coalition and other public agencies and community groups. Though funding has been limited, in its two years of existence the program has taught bicycle and pedestrian safety to over 2,500 children in classrooms across the city. Will you commit to supporting a more robust Safe Routes to School program by expanding it to all schools in the city?
Dennis Herrera : Yes.
Emil Lawrence: All schools would have to be checked.
Ed Lee: The Safe Routes to School program serves as an excellent example of how our city can partner with the Bicycle coalition to bring a positive change by helping our youth to have safe and healthy way to get to school. I support this program and its expansion and I commend the work of the Department of Public Health and the Bicycle Coalition to implement this important resource for our youth.
Wilma Pang: I will support this educational program and try to find more funding to continue
Joanna Rees: Yes, but more importantly, we need to give parents the option of sending their child to a high quality school in their neighborhood. We must begin attracting families back to the public schools by making sure every child can attend a quality neighborhood school within walking distance of his or her home, not across town.
Phil Ting: As I have mentioned, while I would very much like to support such programs as the Safe Routes to School program, if elected Mayor, I will do so while being mindful of our overall effort to work toward balancing our city’s budget. As I mentioned, I dropped my daughter off at her school on Bike to Work Day and she had so much fun that she is asking us to bike more often.
Leland Yee: Yes. I applaud the rapid growth of the Safe Routes to School program from 5 to 15 schools in San Francisco. Expanding the program to every public school in the city, and ascertaining the funding to make that possible, will be a goal of my administration.
Cesar Ascarrunz: This is a program I would support as Mayor. This gives children a chance to bike in a safe space that the city allocates funding for. This will be beneficial for children and families in San Francisco.
John Avalos: Absolutely. I participated in Bike to School Day this year at Monroe Elementary and Walk to School Day at Longfellow Elementary. My wife, Karen Zapata, teaches 4th grade at San Francisco Community School, where both of our children go to school. She also loves Safe Routes to School.
Terry Baum: Yes.
David Chiu: I strongly support expanding this program. Bike education for school-aged children is a key element to increasing the bike mode share in San Francisco. Every child in San Francisco should have the opportunity to learn to ride a bike safely. In conjunction with safer bike facilities, this will help to reverse the nationwide trend of parents having to shuttle children to school even relatively short distances.
Paul Currier: Yes. When I went to Cal Berkeley, we were instrumental in integrating speed bumps and traffic barriers to encourage safety for Bike traffic for the school kids. A comprehensive review of all of San Francisco’s surface traffic needs must integrate with a new Sub-way and Monorail plan that addresses our current needs and the anticipated needs of the New San Francisco, which is 10, 20, 50, and 100 years off. We need to vision it, [response truncated]
Bevan Dufty: Sidney began kindergarten this week, and while I walked and sometimes rode Muni to preschool – more often we drove. I really want to find alternatives to driving every day to Rooftop. Sid is a night owl so the adjustment to a 7:50 a.m. start time has been tough for our household. But Corbett Street feels like the Indy 500 Speedway before 8:00 a.m. and I’d like to contribute to a calmer environment (whether it’s my [response truncated]
Tony Hall: Yes, with safety as the number one consideration.
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