2011 Mayor Questionnaire
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Funding for bikeways and other bicycle improvements and programs in San Francisco is presently made up from an array of local, regional, and federal grants, with a tiny fraction coming from the SFMTA's operating budget. Given the City's policy commitments to increasing everyday bicycle transportation, and the already significant number of trips taking place by bike (6% by SFMTA's estimate in 2009), would you support an increase for bicycle project and program funding from SFMTA's budget?
John Avalos: Yes. To meet our goals, we should increase the MTA’s budget by around $100 million.
Terry Baum: Yes; in general, the Green Party supports transparency in government by allowing local projects to be paid for using local tax dollars.
David Chiu: I would absolutely support increasing funding for bicycle projects from SFMTA’s budget, particularly since it’s so cost-effective mile-for-mile to fund such projects compared to other transit modes. SFMTA must find efficiencies within its current budget to free up more funds for bicycle projects. But with constrained budgets, it’s also important to explore dedicated revenue generators for bicycling projects. As Mayor, I will work with SFBC and allies to determine which funding idea is most feasible [response truncated]
Paul Currier: Yes. I have already explained that we can afford this as well, under my Administration and with our new California State Chartered, exclusively publicly owned County Bank of San Francisco.
Bevan Dufty: Cycling is itself part of an array of different transportation modes within the city. Funding capital projects, like the Bay to Beach bikeway and other separated bikeways throughout the city are critical in supporting biking as a viable, safe mobility choice.
Tony Hall: Yes.
Dennis Herrera : While I support a funding increase for bike projects in principle, SFMTA faces fiscal difficulties like so many other public agencies. Before supporting an increase for specific projects, I believe we must get SFMTA’s budget in order and identify sustainable revenue sources that allow the agency to deliver the service it promises without running an operating deficit. Once this is achieved, then we can work to secure more funding for bike projects from SFMTA.
Emil Lawrence: [no response given]
Ed Lee: I am committed to expanding our investment in transportation infrastructure that supports alternatives to vehicle traffic. These capital improvements will help to support a healthy future for our city by easing congestion, reducing our impact on the environment.
Wilma Pang: Definitely. SFMTA should be looking into better use of the funding for the Central Subway to nowhere.
Joanna Rees: Yes.
Phil Ting: As Mayor, one of my top priorities will be balancing our city’s budget, and given this goal, I will work with the relevant departments to explore what is possible in expanding the budget for bike projects in our city.
Leland Yee: Yes.
Cesar Ascarrunz: This is a conversation that I will make happen as Mayor. With the current BART dilemma, we understand the importance of alternate transportation and it effects on the city and environment.
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