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Complete 2015 Provo Election Questions

Here are the complete questions (with context) asked to city council candidates during the 2015 election:

  1. A “Complete Streets” policy is legislation that requires city engineers to take a look at all elements of a street (including bicycle and pedestrian facilities) when that street is being created or re-paved. These policies don’t force the inclusion of new infrastructure, but they often lead to small changes that add up over time. (When it’s a requirement to simply consider it, people often discover that it actually would make sense and be cost-effective to fix a sidewalk gap or add a bike lane stripe since they’re fixing the road anyway). Would you be willing to sponsor or support a “Complete Streets” bill for Provo?

 

  1. Several years ago, Provo was awarded a grant to create the Provo Bicycle Master Plan. Over a 4-year period, representatives from the Provo Council, Provo City Engineering, Community Development, UDOT, UTA, MAG, and other organizations including the Provo Bicycle Committee worked with Alta Planning to complete the plan. (You can view the plan here: http://www.provo.org/about-us/current-issues/provo-bicycle-master-plan ). It was unanimously approved by the TMAC and the City Council.Now, we face one last hurdle with the plan: funding. City engineers are working hard to find creative ways to implement parts of the plan. But, unlike many other cities, Provo does not have a dedicated fund for active transportation (bicycling, walking, etc.). Would you be in favor of including active transportation (infrastructure for biking / walking) as a line item in the city budget?

 

  1. Many important projects are currently underway to make Provo a more bicycle-friendly city. But, there’s also a lot of local / national history and design ideas that are helping to shape decisions about Provo’s infrastructure. If you are elected, what can Provo bicycle advocates (including the Provo Bicycle Committee, the Provo Bicycle Collective, and bicyclists across the city) do to best help you jump in and feel confident in joining the ongoing discussion about making Provo more bicycle-friendly? (In the past, we’ve added council members to our email lists, suggested blogs they could research, sent the occasional link to transportation studies, helped non-cyclists get set up with a bicycle at the Collective, given tours of our cycling infrastructure, or just spent time talking). We would love to know what you would actually find helpful.

 

  1. Is there anything else you’d like voters to know about you and your experiences or positions related to bicycling?