Provo City Council District 1 Race (2011) – Bonnie Morrow and Gary Winterton
Don’t forget to vote in the 2011 Provo city council election. You can find more information on the Provo city website.
Here’s how the candidates of district 1 responded to BikeProvo’s questions about making our city a better place for bicyclists and pedestrians:
Bonnie Morrow (firstname.lastname@example.org)
What vision do you have for on-street bicycle infrastructure in Provo? My vision is that all our city roads become as bicycle friendly(SAFE) as possible. We especially need to have clearly marked bike paths to our future Provo Recreation Center.
What vision do you have for off-road trails and paths? My vision is that off road trails and paths are connected throughout the city and mountains to an even higher level (including bike signs that clearly mark trails). It would be great to sponsor more community ride events that could highlight our off road trails and paths to raise community awareness. This awareness could be promoted throught the schools in the city. I would also like to see junior and senior “bike-a-thons,” where children and seniors could ride their bikes in organized events.
Do you see bicycle infrastructure as an essential part of economic growth? Why or why not? ABSOLUTLEY! Biking is an inexpensive form of transportation. Our family loves to bike through the Riverwoods on Saturdays during the farmers market. Riding bikes allows more people to attend an event or come to a downtown activity without the headache of parking and traffic. Imagine if we had most of our BYU fans ride a bike to the stadium instead of driving! Clearly marked bike lanes with proper signs will encourage people to get out and ride.
In a recent survey, over 500 Provo residents named University Ave. as the top priority for new bike lanes. A transportation study done by an engineering consultancy group working in tandem with Provo’s engineering department and the Provo Bicycle Committee found that University Ave. was one of three major streets that need bike lanes in order to dramatically increase connectivity in the city. Last year, the council voted to include bike lanes on University Ave. as a part of the city’s general plan. If elected, will you continue this support of bike lanes on University Ave.? Yes I will because University Avenue connects most of the business areas of the city. University Avenue is a major artery in the city and needs to be safe for bike use.
Do you believe that more funding needs to be allocated to the transportation department for the development and maintenance of bicycle infrastructure? Why or why not? This question should be put to the voters in the form of a bond. The more that people become involved in this issue the more likely they will be to support, use, and appreciate our bike lanes.
If elected, what will you personally do to make Provo more friendly and safe for families that ride their bikes on our streets and walk on our sidewalks? I would work on getting mail boxes off the edge of the sidewalk! Many areas in the NE do not have mow strips so may mailboxes project into the road shoulder area and present a hazard for bikers. People who walk on sidewalks in the NE have also bumped into our mailboxes! I would also be in favor of contact numbers posted at stoplights so that traffic signal problems can be reported to Provo City. We also need signs along Provo City roads warning drivers to be aware of bikers.
OPTIONAL: Do you ride a bike? If so, what kind of bike do you ride and where do you like to ride in Provo? YES I love to ride my bike! I have a Raleigh SA Suntour Nex 4100. I bought this bike from Taylor Bike shop in Provo. It has a little black basket on the front so that I can carry treasures that I buy at the farmers market in the Riverwoods!
MY 70 year old mother bought a matching red bike at Taylors bike shop also. She learned to ride a bike for the very first time last year! Our family has a blast riding around the Riverbottoms, through Riverwoods, and up Provo Canyon. Bicycling is one of our favorite family activities.
Gary Winterton (www.garywinterton.com)
What vision do you have for on-street bicycleinfrastructure in Provo? I support bike travel in Provo and hope that people would be able to travel anywhere in our city safely on a bicycle.
What vision do you have for off-road trails andpaths? I appreciate off-road trails but I do not know enough about our sensitive hillsides to appropriately make a definite statement about the creation and maintenance of off-road trails in Provo. I look forward to learning.
Do you see bicycle infrastructure as an essential part of economic growth? Why or why not? Yes, because of the demographics of Provo. Bicycles are an inexpensive and green mode of transportation for our strong student population as well residents of one of the most healthy cities in America.
In a recent survey, over 500 Provo residentsnamed University Ave. as the top priority for new bike lanes. A transportation study done by an engineering consultancy group working in tandem with Provo’s engineering department and the Provo Bicycle Committee found that UniversityAve. was one of three major streets that need bike lanes in order todramatically increase connectivity in the city. Last year, the council voted to include bike lanes on University Ave. as a part of the city’s general plan. If elected, will you continue this support of bike lanes on University Ave.? I have concerns about bike lanes on University Avenue. We invite and encourage cars from both ends of the city to travel that street right off the freeway to BYU, the convention center, Nuskin and our downtown businesses. We are now also looking at Bus Rapid Transit on that street. The merchants on that street are already concerned about the parking they are losing with that project coming down the avenue. I would much rather see very noticable and well traveled bike lanes on 100 West where BRT was origionally scheduled to go rather than congesting University Avenue even more. I wish we could move BRT to 200 West and have cars on University, and bikes on 100. UTA has not been very receptive to that idea, but I think the city would be.
Do you believe that more funding needs to beallocated to the transportation department for the development and maintenanceof bicycle infrastructure? Why or why not? We need to be able to travel anywhere in our city by bike. Money is tight but I would want to maintain dialogue with the transportation department and keep those lanes in mind as roads are remodeled and planned. New and remodeled roads should always consider the bicycle infrastructure and movement within the city. Funding is essential for bike paths but we need to be wise and effective with public funds.
If elected, what will you personally do to makeProvo more friendly and safe for families that ride their bikes on our streetsand walk on our sidewalks? I will work with the transportation department and always discuss the need for bike paths. I will encourage the walkability and plan for bike racks in our downtown and other bike traveled areas. I will buy a better bike so I can take my two grandsons on the bike path by my home going up the canyon. It is one of their favorite things to do with “Pops” and by doing so I think I will appreciate biking even more.