1. In countless published lists of the best places to live, a common characteristic is a vibrant walking and biking culture. Why do you think that is?
Walking and biking culture increases the ability of families to experience their communities together. In addition, it introduces opportunities for the elderly to exercise. It is well known, that in lists of best places to live, one of the high criteria for making the list is the quality and safety of the walking and bicycling paths.
2. Do you consider Newark a walkable, bikeable community? Why or why not? If yes, how do you plan to sustain this? If not, what can be done to make our city more walkable and bikeable?
I consider Newark a walkable/bikeable community in the process of becoming. I support the full implementation of the recommendations embodied in the 2014 bicycle plan. Should that plan come to fruition, Newark will become a bicycle-friendly community, though I am not sure about the walkability factor.
3. What do you see as the opportunities for bicycling to make a positive impact in Newark? What do you see as the problems associated with bicycling in Newark?
Bicycling provides a healthy exercise environment for all ages. The problem with both bicycling paths and walking paths is safety and the accessibility of one path to another without encountering monumental traffic.
4. What are your ideas (if any) for how to improve the bicycling experience in Newark for occasional cyclists, bicycle commuters, recreational cyclists, and avid (very experienced) cyclists? (Please be as specific as you can for each group mentioned.)
In order to improve bicycling for the four categories of cyclists, as indicated in the questionnaire, implement the recommendations indicated by the 2014 Newark Bicycle Plan to the maximum extent possible.
5. If elected, what criteria will you apply in order to decide whether to support a major road project (like improvements to South College Avenue)? What about for small road projects (e.g., addition of bike lanes, low-stress bike-route signage, or crosswalks)?
With respect to South College Avenue and other heavily trafficked areas, I would only support new projects that accommodate enhanced safety for bikers and walkers. This includes a particular bicycle and walking paths to the new Amtrak station and to the [STAR] Campus. Furthermore, almost all new road projects should include bicycle and walking paths. I would also encourage the linking of bike trails to Pennsylvania trails, and to widen the bicycle paths to accommodate two riders abreast and bicyclists towing child trailers. There needs to be substantial improvement and increase in signage, particularly large signs mounted on poles identifying bicycling and walking paths. I have a major overriding concern based upon my witnessing traffic deaths involving bicycles in the DuPont Circle area of Washington, D.C. I find it egregious that there is not enforcement of lighting and reflector laws for bicyclists. All bicyclists should be required to wear helmets, colorful clothing and to mark their bicycles with reflective tape which is readily available at a hardware store or bike shop.
6. Are you familiar with the Newark Bicycle Plan? If so, what do you think are its most important recommendations?
If you want to have a sustainable biking and walking community, built over time, then ALL recommendations of the Newark Bicycle Plan must be implemented.
7. Briefly describe your experience as a bicyclist (if any) over your lifetime and specifically in Newark.
For many years, I bicycled from Jackson Park on the south side of Chicago to Grant Park, many times around the University of [Wisconsin] campus (it’s a particularly delightful ride around lake Mendota), and the superior experience of riding in Fairfax and Loudoun county on the C&O canal bike path.