3. There have been many surveys asking people what it would take to get them on a bike. The number one thing people want is separated cycling facilities. How would you support separated bike lanes on key routes?I am in support of this and we achieve it by making it part of our business plan and continue to include sections along our roadways whenever dollars are made available. Our present council takes the bicycle advisory committee’s work seriously and we try to implement their plans wherever and whenever possible.
4. Maple Ridge has no off-road (non-mountain-) biking/multi-use trails and is lagging behind other Lower Mainland communities in this respect. How do you feel off-road biking/multi-use trails can benefit Maple Ridge, and how do you suggest to start developing a network of trails.I think our dyke system is an off-road biking/multi-use trail system, which I use all the time to bike on. However, if you are suggesting a system of trails in Golden Ears, Blue Mountain or the expansion of our horse trail system to also accommodate bikes and pedestrians, I believe it would be best served going through our Joint Leisure Commission and the Master Parks Plan, which defines the priorities and the budgeting of such for all of our recreational services. Any expansion of recreation is good, but we have to keep it in the context of affordability and we need to make sure we are putting the dollars right now to getting the bike lanes through the municipality completed.
7. What role do you think the municipality has in supporting and promoting cycling education for children, cyclists and motorists? We have an excellent working relationship with the school district, especially through the Joint Leisure Agreement and the Commission table that facilitates the discussions. Our role has always been to collaborate with our partners and ensure that we can garner the most efficient and effective means of providing services to our citizens. I believe this is our best means of looking for educational opportunities. We also have a great relationship with ICBC and take full advantage of any programs that are aimed at motorists. I remember working with municipal staff when I was on the school board and Safer Cities was initiated. Our council has always been and will continue to be open to any options that come our way and support our business plans and goals.
8. How do you feel e-bikes can play a role in our transportation system?
What do you see as the benefits of e-bikes as compared to cars?
What can e-bikes mean for less densely populated suburban communities like Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows? They are another viable option for getting around. People are already using them and they appear to be on the increase in Maple Ridge. They are an affordable option, take up less room on the road, require less fuel and with a good set of raingear, they will work for a certain percentage of the population. I hope we embrace them, as we are way behind on these products in comparison to other countries. However, I have heard a couple of homemade ones and they were extremely noisy, so we have to pay some attention to ensuring poorly constructed ones are monitored so they do not tarnish the product line as a whole. Other than that, I welcome them in Maple Ridge and think they will work well.
9. Would you be interested in joining members of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition on a bike ride through your community? I have and I will, but I need notice as the dates have not been working for me. I also do riding on my own, so I do get my time in on my bike.