Candidate survey responses – Clifton

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?

We are a community dedicated to sustainability which includes being a walkable and bikeable community. Our trail system to those ends provide a safe and convenient regional destination for neighbors to enjoy healthy outdoor activities.

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?

It is becoming a walkable and bikeable community. We need more thought to the safety of riders by having bollards or other delineations to keep vehicular traffic away from riders. We need greater education outreach through the city newsletter and Channel 22 to not only riders but to vehicle drivers. I also support the three foot concep!t where applicable.

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?

As previously stated vehicular traffic creates the greater problems.

As our older roads are repaved and rebuild, close attention must be given to the execution of bike lanes. This is particularly true I. The central town area where there is a higher concentration of riders.

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.)

For the commuter this relates to the previous question. For newer riders, I would happily encore programs such as I participated in while growing up in West Wilmington. While geared towards younger riders there were riding tests such as pylons and other basic skill building activities to assist in building the necessary skill sets.

5. If elected, what criteria will you apply in order to decide whether to support a major road project (like the Main St. rehabilitation or the Cleveland Ave. improvements)? What about for small road projects (e.g., addition of bike lanes, low-stress bike-route signage, or crosswalks)?

The highest criterion is as it should be public input. But as we have experienced in the past, the elephant in the room are the fiscal issues that take center stage. Bike lanes and crosswalks are quite inexpensive that could and should be included in any project. It is at those times you make the best decisions to the inclusion of bikeable issues to a project.

6. Are you familiar with the Newark Bicycle Plan? If so, what do you think are its most important recommendations?

Yes I am familiar. The one component that is critical as is yields the most dangerous of any aspect is motor vehicle enforcement. It seems to me that is the time that two wheel vehicles are in the most danger. Drivers that put riders in danger I would promote mandatory minimum fines. A mandatory drivers awareness online class through Bike Delaware would be nice to redirect drivers thinking.

7. Briefly describe your experience as a bicyclist (if any) over your lifetime and specifically in Newark.

I have not biked in Newark. My limited experiences are occasionally at the beach or through my son who not only rode in Newark but raced on road bikes. As stated I road nearly everywhere while growing up. Admittedly it was much safer then. As my son said at a council meeting years ago, “I can get anywhere in Newark just like you. Only quicker!”