2017 Civic Election Promises

We sent the following election cycling survey to the candidates:

BikeBridge Cycling Association is a local cycling advocacy group that seeks to inspire, facilitate and celebrate cycling as a means of transportation in Lethbridge. We would like to solicit all City Council and Mayoral candidates with a very brief survey to gauge their interest in regards to cycling issues in Lethbridge.

Please see our three short questions below, and reply directly to this email with your responses. We hope to gather all responses by Friday, October 6th at the latest. All responses will be published on our website at http://bikebridge.ca as they are received.

1. If elected, what would you do to make Lethbridge a more cycling-friendly community?
2. The Cycling Master Plan currently has a 30-year timeline for completion. What strategies would you propose to speed the timeline for implementation, in order to make cycling a more viable option for daily transportation in Lethbridge?
3. How often do you ride a bike and for what purposes?

Thanks in advance for your participation and best of luck to you all on October 16th!

For the record…listed below are the responses of those who were elected.

 

MAYOR – Chris Spearman

If elected, what would you do to make Lethbridge a more cycling-friendly community?

a) Continue adding to bike path system in Lethbridge, including a solution for the Scenic Drive Highway 3 bridge ( I have been lobbying the province for a solution to this, its their bridge)

b) Investigate opportunities for additional bike friendly streets similar to what is presently taking place on 7 Ave South

c) Actively engage and seek input from Bike Bridge

The Cycling Master Plan currently has a 30-year timeline for completion. What strategies would you propose to speed the timeline for implementation, in order to make cycling a more viable option for daily transportation in Lethbridge?

a) Identify specific priorities in consultation with Bike Bridge and have them considered for funding in the next Capital Improvement Plan process.

How often do you ride a bike and for what purposes?

I ride a bike for recreational purposes in our parks and on our bike paths about once a week.

 

COUNCIL

Mark Campbell

1. First and foremost I’d like to ask people who cycle what they would see as some things they
would like to implement and talk to knowledgeable people about the most effective ways to see
those suggestions through.

2. First thought is to communicate how beneficial cycling is to our health and to the environment
and perhaps offer some kind of incentives.

3. Sadly, I don’t ride a bike at all.

 

Jeffrey Carlson

1. Continue along the path outlined in our Cycling Master Plan, perhaps pursued more aggressively. Better education programs for both cyclists and drivers.

2. The plan can be accelerated by earlier and larger investment through Operating and Capital Budgets. This would be the appropriate time to bring such initiatives forward for debate.

3. I ride quite often in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. I have to admit to avoiding winter bike travel. Mostly I bike for personal reasons (exercise, entertainment attending events around the city, etc). I have used biking for commuting to and from work, but as my position usually requires multiple meetings in multiple locations around the community, this can be difficult at times. On a side note, my bike was recently stolen from my back yard, so if anyone knows of a good cheap commuter bike for sale.. let me know!

 

Jeffrey Coffman

1. If elected, what would you do to make Lethbridge a more cycling-friendly community?

A) I would encourage City staff to:
a) work directly with cycle organizations, like BikeBridge, to review City policies and procedures that inhibit or deter cycling, and
b) to ensure that all infrastructure decisions incorporate considerations of cycling.

B) I would advocate for cycling communities, to address the opportunities and concerns stemming from a policy review.

C) I would consider making bike racks available in more public locations (parks and recreation facilities), and encourage staff to examine minimum requirements for racks in certain commercial applications.

D) I would support improvements in cycle-friendly wayfinding.

E) I would support accelerating elements of the Cycling Master Plan.

2. The Cycling Master Plan currently has a 30-year timeline for completion. What strategies would you propose to speed the timeline for implementation, in order to make cycling a more viable option for daily transportation in Lethbridge?

I would propose:
A) City Council review the Cycling Master Plan and discuss the “vision” of the document. The current ‘Plan Vision and Goals’ (pg. 4) was developed by the writers of the Master Plan and was not the vision of City Council. The problem with this process is that City Council does not “own” the document, therefore the impetus to advance the timeline presently does not exist. Council needs to establish its own vision and move towards that vision.

B) The estimated cost of Phase 1 Details (pg. 9) are based on ‘new construction’ and do not necessarily consider planned or scheduled maintenance or upgrading on the identified roadways. These Details ought to be incorporated into planned or scheduled road repairs, maintenance or upgrading projects, as they occur. This will use resources more efficiently and effectively, save additional costs and expedite certain plans.

C) The City consult with local driver instructors (AMA, et cetera) to ensure that appropriate programming and awareness is provided to new drivers in Lethbridge, aimed at increasing cyclist safety through driver awareness of local routes, conflict areas and conditions.

3. How often do you ride a bike and for what purposes?

I am a fair-weather rider, with my season being between late spring and fall, mostly for recreational purposes. I have commuted from my home (Southgate) and from the Westside (work), so I understand commuter challenges regarding safety and navigating cycle-unfriendly infrastructure. When required, I will make my journey multi-modal by using transit. I cycle when time and circumstance permits.

 

Belinda Crowson

1. There are many ways we could make Lethbridge more cycling-friendly. Part of this is working with the cycling community to lead community discussions. One discussion we need to have with the general public is to help people understand that there is a distinct difference between biking for leisure and biking for transportation. We need people to understand that biking for transportation, as a form of transportation, deserves the same respect and integration as cars and other types of transportation and that when we look at how people get around our city, we need to look comprehensively at walkability, cycling, roads and streets, transit, etc. Some of this education requires the same type of work done by the automobile industry that made people believe roads were for cars and no one else. This means an advertising campaign (and more likely a guerrilla marketing campaign to keep the costs down) to help people understand why all forms of transportation are important, how people can share the road, etc. We need to look at making videos about appropriate rules of the street that show how the various forms can work together safely. We need to continue to ensure that bike parking is available at the locations where cyclists wish to go. We need to have great maps of good biking roads for newcomers to Lethbridge (biking for transportation maps, not biking for leisure maps which tend to focus on the coulees and those types of pathways). We should also work with partners in other organizations such as Alberta Health Services to promote cycling for the health of our residents.

2. Many other communities are having success with building temporary infrastructure for cycling. Temporary infrastructure can be done much more economically which helps to promote it to all residents. Additionally, the temporary infrastructure can be modified, improved, changed until it works well. Once this temporary testing has been done, then it can be built permanently when it can be afforded and if it has been shown to work. Communities (and we see this in Lethbridge) are incredibly frustrated when infrastructure is built and then needs to be removed or fixed. When infrastructure is built prematurely and then needs to be fixed, it provides opposition a strong speaking point which allows them to show the inefficiencies and why cycling isn’t necessary or why bikes can’t share the road with cars, etc. This adds to the frustration and makes the process more difficult. Temporary implementation would allow us to build strong arguments and build political support. Council and community plans are also likely to be done more quickly when community groups show there is a political will behind it. Projects such as Bikesummer 2005 (done in LA County) where many biking events, presentations, etc. were held to demonstrate how strong the cycling community is are incredibly effective. This ties in with the marketing I referred to earlier. We also know that projects are often sped up when they can show an economical reason for why they should exist. We need to do research and promotions on business opportunities linked to cycling and cost savings to the community related to cycling.

3. While I have many friends and family members who are cyclists (both for leisure and transportation), I currently am not involved in biking.

 

Blaine Hyggen

If elected, what would you do to make Lethbridge a more cycling-friendly community?

As an avid cyclist, I support the Cycling Master Plan. However, I think the plan should be moved ahead quicker than it is currently planned.

The Cycling Master Plan currently has a 30-year timeline for completion. What strategies would you propose to speed the timeline for implementation, in order to make cycling a more viable option for daily transportation in Lethbridge?

Accelerate the Plan.

How often do you ride a bike and for what purposes?

I have a triathlon bike as well as a “mountain” bike. I regularly use them for health, wellness, sport, and recreation.

 

Joe Mauro

1). Bikes and vehicles don’t mix, therefore we need actual dedicated bike streets & lanes. I think we need to start focusing on making some streets one way streets which would allow space to have dedicated painted green bike lanes on those streets. Naturally they would have to connect to our many paths & trails which I believe are fantastic for cyclists; this would allow cyclists to venture throughout our city.

Also for anyone that cycles and requires the need to get on a bus with their bikes, they should ride for free. All of our buses have a bike rack attached for cyclists convenience.

We should also investigate for the not so avid cyclists, something similar to Boston’s Hubway; which is a public bike share system. For $99 per year, in Boston, (you can also buy a day or monthly pass) users can pick a bike at designated stations, use it as needed, then return it to another bike share station. They include a mobile app indicating where all bike stations are and whether or not bikes are available. We use it when in Boston and love it!! This is very convenient to get from one part of the city to the other. I see this as very doable in our city.

2). As in most cases when considering projects in the city, money more than anything is the main stumbling block. The city has been successful in advancing some projects because of receiving grant money from other levels of government. We need to continue that more than ever because with our steady growth and many community needs, taxation alone can’t do it. The other thing we need to be better at is working with and convincing our corporate and business community to commit funds to projects; similar to how SLP stepped up to fill the skateboard need, so our younger residents and others can enjoy that facility. Left up to the city alone, that project was never completed. For years, Wade Galloway came to council insisting this was a project desperately needed; but it didn’t happen until the skateboarders themselves & SLP stepped forward. Unfortunately that’s what it took but it made it a reality!! Finally, we must find ways of making commuter cycling easy and safe throughout the city. The biggest complaint I hear from Westsiders; which is true for me as well; is Whoop Up. For most, it’s just not friendly or complimentary as a path connecting our two sides of the city.

3). I ride my bike quite often and at this time it’s mostly for pleasure. When I was working a 9-5 job where I parked myself behind a desk all day, I used my bike as my mode of transportation. I find it difficult to do now because of my commitments, meetings and appointments so with limited time, unfortunately my car is my mode of transportation. For pleasure, I enjoy riding to Coaldale, Park Lake, other short journeys as well as all the paths and trails in the city. My wife and I take our bikes every time we vacation with our Murano. Wherever we go, we enjoy riding the trails like the famous Hiawatha Bike Trail in Idaho and the many old train trestle paths in BC such as Kettle Valley & the Okanagan Trestles. It’s then when I feel my best; nature & my bike.

 

Rob Miyashiro – no response to date

 

Ryan Parker

1. Continue with the goals of the Cycling Master Plan and suggest the integration of the target of doubling bicycle trips by 2021 in strategic planning for the 2017-2021 term. This may include additional engagement with stakeholders.

2. There are many components of the plan that require time to be built into the existing community. Should grants or funding come available, this could support the fast tracking of cycling capital projects. Other components such as “changing the community’s culture” will take some time and will need the support of stakeholders to continue change.

3. I ride my bike recreational utilizing the pathways for family excursions.

 

Candidate Questionnaire Results

We sent the following election cycling survey to the candidates:

BikeBridge Cycling Association is a local cycling advocacy group that seeks to inspire, facilitate and celebrate cycling as a means of transportation in Lethbridge. We would like to solicit all City Council and Mayoral candidates with a very brief survey to gauge their interest in regards to cycling issues in Lethbridge.

Please see our three short questions below, and reply directly to this email with your responses. We hope to gather all responses by Friday, October 6th at the latest. All responses will be published on our website at http://bikebridge.ca as they are received.

1. If elected, what would you do to make Lethbridge a more cycling-friendly community?
2. The Cycling Master Plan currently has a 30-year timeline for completion. What strategies would you propose to speed the timeline for implementation, in order to make cycling a more viable option for daily transportation in Lethbridge?
3. How often do you ride a bike and for what purposes?

Thanks in advance for your participation and best of luck to you all on October 16th!

NOTE: recent updates are colored RED.

 

MAYORAL CANDIDATES

Martin Heavy Head – no response to date

Robert (Bob) Janzen – candidate did not have email address or website listed for contact
information

 

Chris Spearman

If elected, what would you do to make Lethbridge a more cycling-friendly community?

a) Continue adding to bike path system in Lethbridge, including a solution for the Scenic Drive Highway 3 bridge ( I have been lobbying the province for a solution to this, its their bridge)

b) Investigate opportunities for additional bike friendly streets similar to what is presently taking place on 7 Ave South

c) Actively engage and seek input from Bike Bridge

The Cycling Master Plan currently has a 30-year timeline for completion. What strategies would you propose to speed the timeline for implementation, in order to make cycling a more viable option for daily transportation in Lethbridge?

a) Identify specific priorities in consultation with Bike Bridge and have them considered for funding in the next Capital Improvement Plan process.

How often do you ride a bike and for what purposes?

I ride a bike for recreational purposes in our parks and on our bike paths about once a week.

 

 

COUNCIL CANDIDATES

Aileen Burke

1. If elected, I would continue along the path outlined in our Cycling Master Plan, but at a more
aggressive pace. I would also like to see if there is interest in a bike sharing program, where
there are bikes available to rent for an hour/or day. Finally, a community education piece would
also have to be looked at.

2. I would propose that Council review the master plan and strategically choose targets that
could be accelerated at minimal cost to the tax payer. Also, when looking at setting the next
cycle of the Operating and Capital budgets, Council could look at ways to invest more in a
timely manner.

3. I used to bike often, mostly for recreational and exercise purposes. Unfortunately, I’ve had 4
knee surgeries in the past 4 years (about to go for #5), so my bicycling habits have diminished
as of late.

 

Craig Burrows-Johnson

Cycling in Lethbridge has made great progress. I am very pleased to see that the BikeBridge Cycling Association is active in this election and is asking these questions.

I have been cycling avidly since the 70s and still have my vintage Peugeot 10 speed c/w my equally vintage Zefal tire pump ( along with three other bikes ).

Lethbridge is finally starting to make our residential streets more cycle friendly. Great to see the bikes lanes going in on 7th Avenue!

I have had several close calls riding on the streets around my home in Tudor; vehicles passing me too closely, or in one case, a person in a car throwing their door open right in front of me.

If elected I would advocate accelerating the installation of dedicated bike lanes that will allow us to bike around the city safely. If we want more children and seniors to use their bikes, installation these bikes lanes becomes even more essential.

I ride my bikes for recreation, but not to and from work as I often have to use my vehicle as part of my job. Having said that, bikes are a major focus of our activities when we go on vacation. I can carry 7 bikes on my racks and trailer, so we pick up friends and relatives and go biking and camping somewhere.

This summer it was Moose Mountain Provincial Park in SE Saskatchewan, which was fabulous. This is the provinces oldest provincial park and they have a very well developed trail system. I had never been down in the SE corner of that province before and it is well worth the 7 1⁄2 hour drive.

Last year we went to New Denver with friends and rode rail trails in the Slocan Valley. Next summer we may go and ride the Kettle River Valley, working our way back from Penticton.

 

Mark Campbell

1. First and foremost I’d like to ask people who cycle what they would see as some things they
would like to implement and talk to knowledgeable people about the most effective ways to see
those suggestions through.

2. First thought is to communicate how beneficial cycling is to our health and to the environment
and perhaps offer some kind of incentives.

3. Sadly, I don’t ride a bike at all.

 

Jeffrey Carlson

1. Continue along the path outlined in our Cycling Master Plan, perhaps pursued more aggressively. Better education programs for both cyclists and drivers.

2. The plan can be accelerated by earlier and larger investment through Operating and Capital Budgets. This would be the appropriate time to bring such initiatives forward for debate.

3. I ride quite often in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. I have to admit to avoiding winter bike travel. Mostly I bike for personal reasons (exercise, entertainment attending events around the city, etc). I have used biking for commuting to and from work, but as my position usually requires multiple meetings in multiple locations around the community, this can be difficult at times. On a side note, my bike was recently stolen from my back yard, so if anyone knows of a good cheap commuter bike for sale.. let me know!

 

Jeffrey Coffman

1. If elected, what would you do to make Lethbridge a more cycling-friendly community?

A) I would encourage City staff to:
a) work directly with cycle organizations, like BikeBridge, to review City policies and procedures that inhibit or deter cycling, and
b) to ensure that all infrastructure decisions incorporate considerations of cycling.

B) I would advocate for cycling communities, to address the opportunities and concerns stemming from a policy review.

C) I would consider making bike racks available in more public locations (parks and recreation facilities), and encourage staff to examine minimum requirements for racks in certain commercial applications.

D) I would support improvements in cycle-friendly wayfinding.

E) I would support accelerating elements of the Cycling Master Plan.

2. The Cycling Master Plan currently has a 30-year timeline for completion. What strategies would you propose to speed the timeline for implementation, in order to make cycling a more viable option for daily transportation in Lethbridge?

I would propose:
A) City Council review the Cycling Master Plan and discuss the “vision” of the document. The current ‘Plan Vision and Goals’ (pg. 4) was developed by the writers of the Master Plan and was not the vision of City Council. The problem with this process is that City Council does not “own” the document, therefore the impetus to advance the timeline presently does not exist. Council needs to establish its own vision and move towards that vision.

B) The estimated cost of Phase 1 Details (pg. 9) are based on ‘new construction’ and do not necessarily consider planned or scheduled maintenance or upgrading on the identified roadways. These Details ought to be incorporated into planned or scheduled road repairs, maintenance or upgrading projects, as they occur. This will use resources more efficiently and effectively, save additional costs and expedite certain plans.

C) The City consult with local driver instructors (AMA, et cetera) to ensure that appropriate programming and awareness is provided to new drivers in Lethbridge, aimed at increasing cyclist safety through driver awareness of local routes, conflict areas and conditions.

3. How often do you ride a bike and for what purposes?

I am a fair-weather rider, with my season being between late spring and fall, mostly for recreational purposes. I have commuted from my home (Southgate) and from the Westside (work), so I understand commuter challenges regarding safety and navigating cycle-unfriendly infrastructure. When required, I will make my journey multi-modal by using transit. I cycle when time and circumstance permits.

 

Belinda Crowson

1. There are many ways we could make Lethbridge more cycling-friendly. Part of this is working with the cycling community to lead community discussions. One discussion we need to have with the general public is to help people understand that there is a distinct difference between biking for leisure and biking for transportation. We need people to understand that biking for transportation, as a form of transportation, deserves the same respect and integration as cars and other types of transportation and that when we look at how people get around our city, we need to look comprehensively at walkability, cycling, roads and streets, transit, etc. Some of this education requires the same type of work done by the automobile industry that made people believe roads were for cars and no one else. This means an advertising campaign (and more likely a guerrilla marketing campaign to keep the costs down) to help people understand why all forms of transportation are important, how people can share the road, etc. We need to look at making videos about appropriate rules of the street that show how the various forms can work together safely. We need to continue to ensure that bike parking is available at the locations where cyclists wish to go. We need to have great maps of good biking roads for newcomers to Lethbridge (biking for transportation maps, not biking for leisure maps which tend to focus on the coulees and those types of pathways). We should also work with partners in other organizations such as Alberta Health Services to promote cycling for the health of our residents.

2. Many other communities are having success with building temporary infrastructure for cycling. Temporary infrastructure can be done much more economically which helps to promote it to all residents. Additionally, the temporary infrastructure can be modified, improved, changed until it works well. Once this temporary testing has been done, then it can be built permanently when it can be afforded and if it has been shown to work. Communities (and we see this in Lethbridge) are incredibly frustrated when infrastructure is built and then needs to be removed or fixed. When infrastructure is built prematurely and then needs to be fixed, it provides opposition a strong speaking point which allows them to show the inefficiencies and why cycling isn’t necessary or why bikes can’t share the road with cars, etc. This adds to the frustration and makes the process more difficult. Temporary implementation would allow us to build strong arguments and build political support. Council and community plans are also likely to be done more quickly when community groups show there is a political will behind it. Projects such as Bikesummer 2005 (done in LA County) where many biking events, presentations, etc. were held to demonstrate how strong the cycling community is are incredibly effective. This ties in with the marketing I referred to earlier. We also know that projects are often sped up when they can show an economical reason for why they should exist. We need to do research and promotions on business opportunities linked to cycling and cost savings to the community related to cycling.

3. While I have many friends and family members who are cyclists (both for leisure and transportation), I currently am not involved in biking.

 

Clint Germsheid – no response to date

 

Zachary Gibb

1.) Cycling is an important method of travel, leisure and exercise for residents of Lethbridge, and we are so fortunate to have an extensive existing pathway system in our city to enjoy our bikes. Recent planning in the current CIP has taken further steps to enhance the cycling experience for citizens, with upgrades to current trails, streets designated as bicycle friendly, and the implementation of a wonderful Cycling Master Plan with the goal of creating safe, well designed, and well located infrastructure for cyclists. The CIP also has provisions for increased curb dips and sidewalk/trail accessibility, to not only help those with limited mobility, but for those who bike as well.

If elected, I will remain dedicated to implementing the Cycling Master Plan for residents who bike our beautiful city, look at ways that we can better promote cycling as a transportation option for residents, as well as making smart decisions when prioritizing projects within the plan. Lethbridge is fortunate to have a existing pathway system that connects our city extremely well. As the city grows at an incredible pace, now is the time to look at adding additional infrastructure to existing paths to better serve those who cycle. With our new Cycling Master Plan we are well on our way to doing this.

One of my best friends, relies on a bicycle as his primary method of transportation, and often times finds that crossing the road in certain area’s of town can be quite dangerous. Crosswalk visibility and improvements serve not only those who walk, but those who bike as well. I am in full support of adding lighted crosswalks at strategic locations throughout the city to keep our residents safer. We need to also take into consider the safety of the children and young adults that bike to and from school, and to make sure that we have programs in place to ensure that their travels are as safe and accessible as possible. 

We also need to make sure that we maintain our trails, and one example of this is down the Sugarbowl trail into the coulees. This trail has seen extensive deformation and damage in recent years, due to the shifting ground in the area. At the moment, there are some places that are difficult to get a bike through, and as a city we need to ensure that we proactively approach fixing issues like this in a timely manner. It can be dangerous for cyclists travelling along these damaged trails at speed, and we need to keep the safety of our residents as a top priority, and make smarter choices when planning where trails should be located in our coulee environments.

Another idea that I have, is looking to incorporate bike route maps along our existing trails, and ensuring we do the same with our new plans. If residents can see all of the different routes to bike around our city, they will more likely to use a bike as an alternative method of transportation. These maps could also be incorporated at our transit stops to get the most out of both alternative forms of getting around town. If we let residents know what their options are, they are more likely to use them on a more frequent basis.

2.) While I am very excited to see the great work placed into our Cycling Master Plan, I am a bit disheartened in regards to the 30 year time line to complete this. Cycling, in addition to transit services, is a great way to get more people out of their cars and onto other methods of transportation, it is also the primary method of transportation for many Lethbridge residents.. This in turn will yield greater environmental advantages, increased reduction with obesity rates, and improved traffic flow on our roads. When we start ahead with current roadway infrastructure planning, we should look into incorporation of bike lanes or trails in conjunction to the roadway planning and doing these projects at the same time to keep the costs to the taxpayers low.

We need to plan for the future of our city  by making smart initial investments and staying on time and on budget with city expenditures and projects. By making wise financial decisions on other big ticket projects we can help divert additional funding to our Cycling Master Plan, in order to get it completed ahead of the 30 year time frame. As Councillor, I would advocate to our Provincial and Federal governments, as well as community groups, to gather more funding to bring this project to completion in a far shorter time frame. I think 30 years is far too long for an important and necessary project such as this, and with proper planning and advocacy, would very much like to see the targeted completion date halved to 15 years.

3.) I remember learning to ride a bike when I was a child, when my training wheels came off, and how often I asked my parents to go on bike rides around the city. I remember my first solo bike ride around the Westminster neighborhood, and taking my bike to and from school growing up. My very first purchase after I started my job was a brand new bike, and I used it every single day to get around. 

I have been fortunate to have spent a great deal of time exploring Lethbridge on 2 wheels. Cycling is among my favourite pass times, and I enjoy going on a tear along our awesome pathways to get some fresh air and enjoy the beauty of the city. I have lived off of the green-strip by Agnes Davidson Elementary for 19 years, and have used that to my advantage. Whether it be headed down the sugarbowl to the coulees and river valley, cycling along the green-strip to Henderson lake, accepting the challenge of bicycling whoop up, or simply getting to and from work, I love to bike.

I am grateful for the work and planning that has been done in Lethbridge over the years to make us a great place to enjoy a good bike ride. We are currently a very cyclable city, but there are still many improvements to make. I am committed to continue to advocate for these improvements as your next City Councillor, and to find ways to get our Cycling Master Plan completed in a much shorter time span. We need to make sure that the best cycling options are in place to give those who bike out of pleasure or necessity an even better and more accessible cycling experience.

 

Bill Ginther

1. Absolutely! As a cyclist myself, I fully support any/all efforts to make our city more bike
friendly. I would listen to the cycling community and bring their concerns and
recommendations to council for discussion and decisions that would enhance cycling in
Lethbridge.

2. My first strategy would be to speed up/shorten the master plan to less than 20 years. It’s
great to plan ahead but it’s more prudent to act now so that the current cycling community
benefits.

3. I ride a bike on a regular basis primarily for exercise and enjoyment. Because my position
requires me to attend meetings in the community as well as needing to transport items from
time to time, I’m not able to cycle to work.

 

Ray Hoffarth

1. I like the designated bike-lanes on our streets, such as on 13 st N and those on 7th ave south. I think that we could do more about making an integrated network of cycling lanes, but I would also invest in making cycling available to the public to use. We should support the introduction of community-bikes that can be borrowed and used to move around and tour the the downtown and coulee trails into the river bottom. Still more work needs to be done to make all of our roadways and streets amenable to bike traffic and to make drivers comfortable with, and accepting of bike-riders on our shared streets.

2. I think that we can try to implement projects such as community-bikes that introduce more citizens to the possibilities and positive experiences that are associated with welcoming and using bicycles. Making changes takes time, but we can encourage and make change quicker when we are able to recruit more people to see and be part of the cycling community.

3. I enjoy riding on the trails in our parks and coulees, however I rarely cycle on city streets, nor do I use my bicycle to go to work or to travel within the community.

 

Blaine Hyggen

If elected, what would you do to make Lethbridge a more cycling-friendly community?

As an avid cyclist, I support the Cycling Master Plan. However, I think the plan should be moved ahead quicker than it is currently planned.

The Cycling Master Plan currently has a 30-year timeline for completion. What strategies would you propose to speed the timeline for implementation, in order to make cycling a more viable option for daily transportation in Lethbridge?

Accelerate the Plan.

How often do you ride a bike and for what purposes?

I have a triathlon bike as well as a “mountain” bike. I regularly use them for health, wellness, sport, and recreation.

 

Liz Iwaskiw

1. I think the Cycling Master Plan, created by people who know far more about the issue
than I, spells out exactly what we need to do. The only issue I have with the plan is the timeline
which seems too long,

2. The only way to speed up the timeline is to aggressively pursue funding to pay for
infrastructure and for the education component necessary to get the public aware and on board.

3. I do not ride a bike but my grandkids do 😉

 

Kevin Layton

1. I would make bike lanes more defined and noticeable, making it more safe for cyclists.

2. I could see about allocating money from other areas, but can make no promises until I get elected and have access to the books.

3. I do not ride a bike, but my wife does. I travel by city transit or taxi. I do fully support alternative forms of transportation.

 

Shelby MacLeod

1) The Cycling Master Plan has laid out the ground work for the process of what needs to be completed to achieve a cycling friendly community in Lethbridge.  I would encourage local bike clubs to build their ridership base to encourage more people to cycle in our community.  A grassroots movement to encourage biking as an alternative transportation and healthier lifestyle is key for advancing a cycling friendly community in Lethbridge.

2) The key to speeding up the timeline is either taxpayer dollars or private sponsorship.  I would meet with the local biking groups to find out if they have developed any relationships with local businesses to sponsor implementation of the proposed biking strategies, similar to what happened with the skateboard park.  The other key question would be are there any efficiencies or priorities that can be moved ahead of the projected timeline set out in the 30 year plan?

3) I have not ridden a bike since mine was stolen.  When I did ride my bike, it was for recreation.

 

Joe Mauro

1). Bikes and vehicles don’t mix, therefore we need actual dedicated bike streets & lanes. I think we need to start focusing on making some streets one way streets which would allow space to have dedicated painted green bike lanes on those streets. Naturally they would have to connect to our many paths & trails which I believe are fantastic for cyclists; this would allow cyclists to venture throughout our city.

Also for anyone that cycles and requires the need to get on a bus with their bikes, they should ride for free. All of our buses have a bike rack attached for cyclists convenience.

We should also investigate for the not so avid cyclists, something similar to Boston’s Hubway; which is a public bike share system. For $99 per year, in Boston, (you can also buy a day or monthly pass) users can pick a bike at designated stations, use it as needed, then return it to another bike share station. They include a mobile app indicating where all bike stations are and whether or not bikes are available. We use it when in Boston and love it!! This is very convenient to get from one part of the city to the other. I see this as very doable in our city.

2). As in most cases when considering projects in the city, money more than anything is the main stumbling block. The city has been successful in advancing some projects because of receiving grant money from other levels of government. We need to continue that more than ever because with our steady growth and many community needs, taxation alone can’t do it. The other thing we need to be better at is working with and convincing our corporate and business community to commit funds to projects; similar to how SLP stepped up to fill the skateboard need, so our younger residents and others can enjoy that facility. Left up to the city alone, that project was never completed. For years, Wade Galloway came to council insisting this was a project desperately needed; but it didn’t happen until the skateboarders themselves & SLP stepped forward. Unfortunately that’s what it took but it made it a reality!! Finally, we must find ways of making commuter cycling easy and safe throughout the city. The biggest complaint I hear from Westsiders; which is true for me as well; is Whoop Up. For most, it’s just not friendly or complimentary as a path connecting our two sides of the city.

3). I ride my bike quite often and at this time it’s mostly for pleasure. When I was working a 9-5 job where I parked myself behind a desk all day, I used my bike as my mode of transportation. I find it difficult to do now because of my commitments, meetings and appointments so with limited time, unfortunately my car is my mode of transportation. For pleasure, I enjoy riding to Coaldale, Park Lake, other short journeys as well as all the paths and trails in the city. My wife and I take our bikes every time we vacation with our Murano. Wherever we go, we enjoy riding the trails like the famous Hiawatha Bike Trail in Idaho and the many old train trestle paths in BC such as Kettle Valley & the Okanagan Trestles. It’s then when I feel my best; nature & my bike.

 

David Mikuliak

1. Promote cycling as a viable and healthy alternative for all citizens and highlight the biking
routes and pathways (for commuters, recreational and competitive riders) that currently exist
for use in the city.

2. I am unfamiliar with the cycling master plan. I would need to study it and get feedback from
a variety of sources in order to give you an informed answer with regard to speeding the
timeline. Otherwise, I am either just guessing or telling you something that I think you may
wish to hear but have no idea regarding its viability.

3. I am an infrequent outdoor rider. At best for leisure on a summer night on park pathways. I
am a frequent recumbent (indoor) rider for non impact hip and knee therapy.

 

Rob Miyashiro – no response to date

Ross Morrell – no response to date

 

Nick Paladino

1. I would first need to discuss this with the transportation planners that came up with the initial
CMP.

2. I’m guessing the long time-line has to do with limited funding. I think the only way to speed it
up is to convince Council to allocate more money towards it sooner.

3. Not often enough. It’s an older mountain bike that gets used mostly on weekends, etc.

 

Ryan Parker

1. Continue with the goals of the Cycling Master Plan and suggest the integration of the target of doubling bicycle trips by 2021 in strategic planning for the 2017-2021 term. This may include additional engagement with stakeholders.

2. There are many components of the plan that require time to be built into the existing community. Should grants or funding come available, this could support the fast tracking of cycling capital projects. Other components such as “changing the community’s culture” will take some time and will need the support of stakeholders to continue change.

3. I ride my bike recreational utilizing the pathways for family excursions.

 

Harold Pereverseff

Thank you for sending along this Cycling Survey. I must make an introduction as I used to ride
my bike a lot, even to work BEFORE there was the bike/pedestrian walkway across the bridge.
I find riding a bike, any where else except a park or pathway very dangerous. Bikes never seem
to get “right of way” and are often ignored by vehicle traffic…. dangerous!

1- I would approach the biking community to see what their concerns are and see if it is possible to work towards resolving their concerns through infrastructure and/or posting controls.

2- I tried to find the “Cycling Master Pan” and was able to locate where it exists………can you
direct me to it so I may review the plan.

3- I ride during the spring – summer and fall periods, depending on weather. I get out on the
bike about 30 times a year.

 

John Pogorzelski – no response to date

Louise Saloff – no response to date

 

Joey Shackleford

First of all, it is not up to me or whoever is on council to “make” Lethbridge a cycle friendly
community, it is up to the cycling community to do that with “support” from city council. I think
that the C-6 Bikeways Plan with 1 million dollars a year invested for the next 4 years is a good
first step and compliments the Pathways System Master Plan. The last transit survey 2 years
ago showed that 1.4% of people in Lethbridge bike to work or school, a very small number. The
west side hill and other roadways make cycling a difficult option sometimes as does the wind/
snow and ever changing weather.

Secondly, the 30 year cycling master plan is a good plan adopted by council. Would it be nice to
speed it up somehow, yes it would but, when using taxpayers dollars council must be very
careful how it is allocated and for what. Look, I am a retired PE teacher so you don’t have to sell
me on the benefits of cycling and fitness, I have lived it all my life. Council represents all citizens
and must make decisions based on what is best for everyone whether they cycle or not.

Thirdly I do not ride hardly at all anymore and when I did it was mountain biking.

 

Jennifer Takahashi

1. The development of the cycling master plan. Education programs for cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers. Development of bike repair stations. Exploration and planning for a bike sharing program.

2. Many of the routes in phase one being developed in conjunction with capital improvements on roads. We can rearrange the scheduling to allow development in areas not undergoing improvements and then circle back to them as improvements occur. Another concern is funding and ensuring a consistent revenue stream to prevent work being put on hold. There are multiple options for funding- federal and provincial grants as they become available and tying a set percentage of tax revenues specifically to cycling.

3. The majority of our cycling is for adventure! Chasing Pokemon, going for ice cream, visiting our friends, and exploring our neighborhood. My child uses cycling as his primary mode of transportation for school and social visits. When my schedule allows I cycle to work. We are lucky because the bulk of our cycling is done in an area that is easy to get around.

 

Bruce Thurber

Thanks for the questions. I am a very strong cycling advocate. I brought the first bike lanes to
Medicine Hat and developed the first cycling master plan there. We need to allocate funds each
year to continuity implement the recommendations from the cycling master plan. Also, we
always need to be open to feedback and suggestions from the users to constantly improve the
implementation. I am an avid cyclist, I commuted to work for many years in Medicine Hat, now I
work from home. I ride with Headwinds, I’ve raced, both cycling and triathlons. I plan to ride
well in to my 80s : )

 

Stephnie Watson

1. If elected I would make sure that planning that is occurring in the city take into consideration cycling in conjunction with its other plans that are currently happening. In the Cycling Master Plan, it does mention doing this, but saying and doing as we often know don’t always go hand in hand. We as councillors need to be holding our City manager accountable for this as our position does not allow for direct oversight of city operations. We need to be looking at the policies and bylaws and making sure they are up to date and will meet the needs of our community today and in the future. As many of us want to have alternative forms of transportation that is functionable and safe. I would like to support programs that promote safe cycling to the community and would like to help find funding that would help bring down the 30 year timeframe of the current Cycling Master Plan. I would also like to find a way to encourage businesses to have better bike lock ups available, as that is a deterrent to being able to use cycling as an option for running errands. Another important part is to make sure that those who are cycling and know the issues are continuously consulted with.

2. The 30 year time frame is a long one. Part of the reason for that is based on tying in the construction with other projects that are occurring which, reduce the cost and is a more sustainable approach to city management, which we do need to keep in mind and support. However that being said there is a lot of room in this plan to reduce some of the time frames. Some of that time frame could be brought down if funding was found as the cost is one of the larger obstacles. In this way I think we as a city need to be looking at collaborating with researchers and seeing if there is a way we can get some research grant and funding in place that would help with the costs of implementation, but also provide opportunities for researchers to establish long term studies that could benefit our community and others. We need to be investigating opportunities with businesses that could support some of the developments (ex adopt a highway, but apply fundraising to it as well) and if there are barriers to these do to city policies, then investigate why and see if we can adapt. Most importantly we need to make sure that lines of communication are set up and maintained between the city, councilors, cyclists groups and other concerned parties, as all of these groups have different viewpoints and ideas that can help move the projects along in an efficient manner. It is important that the plans are being revisited and considered in conjunction with other plans that are occurring as information, planning and funding change. Only by working together can we make this happen in a timely manner.

3. I own a cruiser bike and a commuter bike. I use my cruiser bike to go out and enjoy the parks with my dog and to relax. I have my commuter bike for when I can commute to work, school, or other activities. I really got into cycling more when I lived in Saskatoon as they have great cycling pathways and networks that made it so easy to get around. I am looking forward to the day our city of Lethbridge will also have that framework.

 

Davey Wiggers

As an immigrant from the land of bicycles (The Netherlands) I have seen firsthand the difference in perception between our 2 cultures.  I believe that the plans as laid out in the cycling master plan are an ambitious but achievable and necessary one. I like riding my bike, but usually only do so in places like the river bottom.  On city streets I often see vehicles take wide berths around a cyclist, which is inherently dangerous.  Until we get to a time when we see a lot more people actively using bicycles for transport rather than for sport or amusement, we will not see a change in driver’s attitudes toward cyclists.  Creating more bicycle lanes and pathways will certainly attract more riders as they feel safer traversing our streets.

As with most things, if you start a person young, you have a much greater chance of those positive habits surviving into adulthood.  Focusing implementation of the plan on areas where young people live and play will attract an increased interest in cycling.  Increased density and usage will act as a catalyst for further adoption of cycling as a viable mode of transportation.

As mentioned earlier, I primarily ride my bike for recreation, and then only from spring to fall.  I also ride a motorcycle, and I feel more comfortable on it in traffic than I do on my bicycle.  It is evident at times on my motorcycle when a motorist doesn’t see me until the very last second, this makes me very nervous.  Until more access and priority is given to bicycles, i don’t see my attitude changing.

 

Rena Woss

1. The process has been started – I see construction is underway on 7th Ave. S. and I would like
to see us build on that. If elected count on me to support Bike Bridge initiatives because you
are community builders – all about a healthy life style! And – you add so much vibrancy and
good will in our community through your on going events. I support the ongoing education you
provide on safety.

2. I would advocate to have the Cycling Master Plan a priority, particularly in light of the fact that
our society has never held a more sedentary population; obesity is becoming a real worry with
health issues mounting. Getting people out biking and socializing; taking part in biking events is
far better than putting money into the health care system. Having more cyclists out and about
using the city adds to the vibrancy to our city; reduces our carbon footprint and I believe makes
for a safer city.

3. Currently I’m not riding a bike as I’ve had knee surgery …. but I appreciate the fact that
cyclists are on the road!

 

Love and Records

Love and Records

Sat, Sept. 16, 2017, 11 am – 11 pm
Music Fest & Record Fair in Downtown Lethbridge, presented by CKXU 88.3FM

Love & Records is Western Canada’s largest FREE out-door record fair held annually at Galt Gardens in Downtown Lethbridge in September; featuring 12+ hours of live music, a massive single-day selection of new/used music (CDs, LPs, 45s, Tape), outdoor art gallery, beer gardens, bouncy castles, photo booth, skate demo, circus performers, food trucks, family-fun, and more! Listen to the live broadcast at CKXU.com | 88.3FM

BikeBridge will be providing bike parking racks for the event and, again, could use your help. Please email BikeBridge if you can help. Thanks.

More info: LoveAndRecords.ca

Cyclocross World Cup – Beers & Bikes

Sunday, Sept. 17, 12:30 – 4 PM
at Coulee Brew Co.
Hosted by Alexander Singbeil

Get together with all lovers of CX to have some beers and watch the UCI Telenet Cyclocross World Cup Event, “Jingle Cross,” live from Iowa City on the big screen at Coulee Brew’s private events room.

This will be event 3 of 3 of the Lethbridge Cyclocross series.

Women’s Race starts at 1:00 MDT and Men’s Race is at 2:30 MDT.

The Original Lethbridge Business Breakfast Club

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
with Adam St. Amant: P.Eng. & Cycling Master Plan Project Manager
and Tyler Stewart: President of BikeBridge Cycling Association

As one of the key stakeholders of the Cycling Master Plan, BikeBridge is focused on making cycling safer in Lethbridge and encouraging those “who would like to become cyclists” by ensuring they have the safe cycling infrastructure they need. BikeBridge has also promoted the local BikeMaps.org initiative, a citizen-science project to gather data on collisions, near-misses and hazards for cyclists, in order to suggest infrastructure improvements to make everyone safer.

For more information, visit Club Webpage.

 

 

5th annual LSLA Apple Fest!

August 12, 2017, Galt Gardens, 601 – 3 Avenue South

AppleFest! is the Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association’s annual main event….the thing that tells the world we’re here! And you guessed it, it’s about living sustainably which means local food, local fossil-free energy and sustainable housing. These feature prominently under the theme of apples.

BikeBridge will be providing bike parking racks for the event and, again, could use your help. Please email BikeBridge. Thanks.

For more information, see the LSLA website.

Wide Skies Music & Arts Festival

Wide Skies Musica Festival

July 26th at 5:00 pm & July 27th at 7:00 pm

A brand new festival in downtown Lethbridge, the Wide Skies Music & Arts Festival aims to bring a diverse range of world class musicians to a unique urban environment. The festival vision is one of accessibility for everyone and encourages visitors to embrace the idea of a “small footprint” in exchange for a big “wow” factor!

Presented by The Geomatic Attic and supported by funding through the City of Lethbridge “Heart of Our City” grant, Wide Skies Music & Arts Festival will take place over a two day period July 26 & 27, 2017. The outdoor event on July 26 will also feature a hand-made art market, food trucks and beer gardens. Wide Skies Music & Arts Festival is also putting an emphasis on environmental sustainability by encouraging use of public transit and cycling to the event, along with on-site recycling and composting programs to manage waste. Door prize tickets will be provided to everyone that takes transit, bicycle or walks to the festival!

BikeBridge volunteers will be supplying and supervising the bike racks during the FREE Wednesday events. To help out, please email BikeBridge.

For more information, see wideskiesmusicfest.org

 

Cycling Master Plan

BikeBridge has received notice that the Cycling Master Plan will be presented to City Council on Monday, July 17. Please email the Mayor and Councillors to show your support for this important initiative!

More info about the Cycling Master Plan

The final plan to be presented to council has been posted. Click on item 4.3 (Darwin Juell, Transportation Manager, re:  Cycling Master Plan) and then click on the pdf symbol on the right side of the page labeled “Cycling Master Plan – Cycling Master Plan x.pdf”

Please review and comment. We are interested in hearing feedback from everyone prior to the presentation to council on Monday. Thanks!