Election 2011: Kevin Macauley

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1. What modes of transportation do you normally use within Metro Vancouver? Do you ever use a bike for transportation in your municipality?

I used to be a daily bike commuter but I do not cycle to work anymore. I had a back injury that would not allow for long rides. I still try and ride some but it is limited. As I am retired I walk a lot but to get anywhere from my home (shopping , entertainment etc.) a car is a must.

2. How would you support and encourage cycling for transportation to promote healthy and livable communities?

I support reasonable development of bike friendly routes. North Vancouver has challenges as the terrain really makes it a challenge for the average person to bike quickly to and from.

3. Do you think the current level of funding for cycling in your municipality is adequate?

I can't answer this without proper evaluation of the financing in a greater context. But I think that in and of itself more funding is required.

4. What would you do to ensure a sustainable and adequate source of cycling funding during your term in office?

I would have to look at this in the balance of other transportation needs and demands. I would be completely open to suggestions to find better ways to make this a priority.

5. What is your level of interest in a public bike-share system integrated with the transit system?

Definitely a challenge on the Northshore as mentioned before. If it works and can become seamless I think it would be great.

6. What role do you think the municipality has in supporting and promoting cycling education for children, cyclists and motorists?

I think there is room for safety programs through entities such as the Fire Service. As a matter of fact I was heavily involved with the Life safety programs in The DNV fire service. Bike safety was a big part of our program.

7. How can residents and the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition-North Shore provide useful, systematic input and feedback on cycling in the District of North Vancouver now that the District no longer participates in the Joint Bicycle Advisory Committee?

I suggest a clear and concise lobby effort, based on facts and science that backs up your requests. And don't give up.


Kevin Macauley
(Retired fire fighter)
DNV council Candidate

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