Election 2011: Wendy Qureshi

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Following are my responses:

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

I mainly walk. I live only 2 blocks from the shopping centre. I use my bike about once a month, usually to visit friends.

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

Whenever a new development takes place, bikes must be taken into consideration. In the 1996 referendum we voted for designated bike lanes on Lynn Valley Road. Instead we got massive densification, no back lanes for trucks, and no bike lanes. Council caved in to the developers.

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

I don't have enough information to answer this question.

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

Make it a top priority.

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

Excellent idea, however our car-mad society on the North Shore, and our mountainous terrain make this not too likely.

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

Huge role. As a director of the North Shore Safety Council I know the importance of teaching bike safety and rules to kids. Remember Elmer the Safety Elephant? We look after him.

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?

You must periodically address District Council. You should form a delegation, book in advance, and circulate it to your members and encourage their attendance at the meeting.

Thank you very much,
Wendy Qureshi
DNV Council Candidate

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