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?
Residents want to know that they can walk and bike in there neighborhoods. We don’t buy homes and or settle here just to stay in the house. Exercise and Environment play a huge role in the places where we live and work.
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?
There are walking paths here in my district and biking paths. However, I do believe that some of the areas that we walk and bike there could be some improvements. For an example the same way the laws are on UD campus where you have to wait for students to walk before driving through intersections and crosswalks. This could lightly be applied in the residential areas as well for bikers and walkers. The bike paths can be widened so that bikers do not have to compete with cars driving pass.
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?
Please read the above answer. I think I went into this in detail.
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.)
As I stated above, the bicycle paths can be widened so that bikers are not scared of cars passing by. Tickets should be given if folks are not paying attention to the bike paths while they are riding. As far as some not all cyclists …sometimes they ride between cars and create their own pathways. There should be rules applied to that as well. Only because that can cause an accident and no one needs to be hurt while commuting.
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 and Wyoming Road)? What about for small road projects (e.g., addition of bike lanes, low-stress bike-route signage, or crosswalks)?
I will try to find a middle ground to insure the safe travel of bicyclers and other commuters. If there are some specific rules that can be followed then order and less accidents will take place.
6. Are you familiar with the Newark Bicycle Plan? If so, what do you think are its most important recommendations?
Well, I believe that you cannot solve issues without having all parties at the table. It is important to know and understand the opinions of all parties to come up with a just resolve.
7. Briefly describe your experience as a bicyclist (if any) over your lifetime and specifically in Newark.
I am more of a jogger and walker. However, this does not mean that I will not purchase a bike and join the cyclers.