2011 Mayor Questionnaire
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Thanks to advocacy from the SF Bicycle Coalition’s Great Streets Project and leadership by the SF Planning Department, the city has seen a wave of popular public realm enhancements over the past few years, from "Pavement to Parks" plazas to sidewalk-extending "parklets" to on-street bicycle parking "corrals" (installing bike parking racks along curb space often used for car parking). These projects are partnerships between local groups, including business groups, and the City. Do you support continuing and growing the Pavement to Parks program with three new major projects a year beginning in 2012?
Emil Lawrence: I accept the program on it merits, but would have to see more.
Ed Lee: My administration has been working to expand on the great progress our city has made in improving our streetscapes. As City Administrator, I oversaw the Department of Public Work’s programs to implement innovative methods to make our city more user-friendly for pedestrian and bicyclists. I am committed to continuing to expanding these very successful programs, especially the Pavement to Parks program which has been very popular with neighborhood residents and has helped us support the [response truncated]
Wilma Pang: [no response given]
Joanna Rees: Yes. Pavement to Parks has been a successful program and I will continue and expand it as Mayor.
Phil Ting: I do support continuing Pavement to Parks, and if elected Mayor, I will support new projects given budget constraints. Again, I am a proponent of understanding the city’s civic return on investment, and I believe that parklets are a great addition to our neighborhoods. More corrals would be a great opportunity to install creative and innovative bike-rack designs. I also value incentivizing residents and visitors to consider cycling as a key mode of transit, and [response truncated]
Leland Yee: Yes, especially because the Pavement to Parks program is self-funded, maintained by merchants and community-driven, I support the addition of new projects throughout San Francisco.
Cesar Ascarrunz: Yes I will support this. If we want more people to bike we need also provide a space for them to keep their bikes. So many times we see bikes tied to meters and posts, this creates more problems than solutions. Having designated bike “parklets” will solve this problem.
John Avalos: Yes. I want to see parklets, Pavement to Parks plazas, and bike corrals throughout all of our neighborhoods. Last year I secured funding to create Naples Green, a Pavement to Parks plaza in the Excelsior.
Terry Baum: Yes, although I prefer fully publicly funded parklets rather than the current "public-private" model. I also support permanently widening some sidewalks where parklets currently exist in order to provide more pedestrian and outdoor dining space.
David Chiu: From its inception, I have been a strong supporter within my district and citywide for repurposing our public spaces, particularly the Pavement to Parks program and parklets. Pavement to Parks projects utilize redundant roadway space to create high-quality parks, like the vibrant new public space at Castro and Market, which has become a central gathering place for the neighborhood.
Paul Currier: Yes.
Bevan Dufty: I’m proud to have championed the first pavement to parks project in the Castro and to have supported Guerrero Street, as well. I have worked closely with Andres Power who has done an excellent job providing leadership.
Tony Hall: Generally yes but would want more information as to the impact on small business.
Dennis Herrera : Yes, I absolutely support the Pavement to Parks program and will seek to expand it as much as possible.
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