Are You Bike-Friendly? CD 13 Candidate Josh Post Responds

February 21, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Posted in Bike News, Resources | 1 Comment
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LACBC asked each of the candidates running for City Council of the City of Los Angeles to respond to our questionnaire. We hope our members will find the candidates’ answers insightful into how each candidate proposes to make our streets safe, balanced, and livable. Responses are posted by Council District, in the order they were received. Here are responses from CD 13 candidate Josh Post.

1. Please share a memory involving a bicycle that has had a lasting effect on you (whether or not you were the one on the bicycle).

Growing up in a small town of 900 people, many of my friends lived on country roads 5 to 10 miles from my family’s home. I would use my bike to visit my friends as a means of transportation throughout my childhood and as a young adult. This mentality as stayed with me to this day. I love commuting to work by bike and riding my bike across town to visit friends or to explore the sights.

2. The Department of City Planning is in the process of updating the City’s Mobility Element for the first time in decades.  What policies would you prioritize for inclusion in the Mobility Element? What role do you see bicycling playing in the City’s transportation system, if any?

I want to make Los Angeles more bike friendly: create more bike lines and bicycle parking; encourage better education for LAPD in dealing with bicycle traffic; support the implementation of the bicycle master plan.

3. Just a few months ago, Los Angeles was honored as a Bronze-level Bicycle-Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Do you believe the city should pursue a Silver-level designation, and if so, what steps would you take in the first year of your term to move LA up to the Silver level?

Los Angeles should pursue the League’s Diamond Level Designation. LA’s 2010 Bicycle Plan is a wonderful start to making Los Angeles the most bicycle friendly community in the country. I realize we have far to go and I will continue to make Los Angeles more bike friendly: create more bike lines and bicycle parking; encourage better education for LAPD in dealing with bicycle traffic; support the implementation of the bicycle master plan. I will consider alternative uses of our roadways through strategically placed “road diets” to mitigate traffic, increase bicycle and pedestrian safety, and encourage alternative forms of transportation.

4. In 2011, the City Council unanimously adopted the Bicycle Plan proposing a comprehensive 1,600-mile bikeway network across the City.  What steps would you take to ensure implementation of Bicycle Plan projects in your district?  Are there any specific projects in the Plan you would prioritize?

I would work to expand beyond the three goals that were established by Mayor Villaraigosa’s 2010 Bicycle Plan by continuing to increase the number and types of bicyclists who bicycle in the City; make every street a safe place to ride a bicycle, and continue to make the City of Los Angeles a bicycle friendly community.  I would also work to expedite completion of Measure R transit projects within the City; bring Measure R projects to CD13 as well as more bike lanes in CD13.

5. Studies have shown that people on bicycles spend more per month in local business districts than those arriving by other modes.  What steps would you take to ensure that local businesses in your district are able to benefit from better access by bicyclists?

I would lead the city and our neighborhoods and businesses in CD13 in creating bicycle and pedestrian friendly neighborhoods. I believe that having bike friendly business districts will enhance the local quality of life and increase revenue for local businesses because walkable neighborhoods that are allow both bicyclists and pedestrians access to business will increase business revenues while drawing the community closer.

6. The LA Weekly recently wrote a feature story documenting that almost half of traffic collisions in the City of LA are hit-and-runs, according to LAPD records.  Many victims of these traffic crimes are people walking and bicycling.  What steps would you take to reduce the rate of hit-and-run and ensure perpetrators are prosecuted?

With over 4,000 felony hit-and-runs occur yearly in L.A., the city council has to collaborate with LAPD’s Multidisciplinary Collision Investigation Team (MCIT)  and create a task force to raise public awareness. We will create a plan of action with the LA Police Department to reduce the frequency of these types of accidents and to catch and punish hit-and-run drivers for fleeing from the crash site.

7. In the event of a collision, the survival of those injured could depend on a prompt emergency response, yet it’s recently been disclosed that response times for the Los Angeles Fire Department frequently exceed national standards. What would you do to address budget and staffing cutbacks affecting the LAFD to ensure a faster response for all those who need emergency assistance?

We must ensure our police and fire departments have the resources they need to provide core services. I don’t support the cuts last year to the fire department and I will fight to give the fire department the resources it needs to reduce response times.

8. A recent proposal has been floated to assess all property owners to bring streets into a state of good repair.  Do you support the proposed bond measure, and do you believe any changes should be made to the proposal to serve all those who travel on city streets, including pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users?

The recent proposal introduced by Mitch Englander would add $24 to a homeowners property tax bill for the next twenty years.  Potholes and disrepair of our infrastructure are serious issues in our district.  The proposal was a good idea, but we need to communicate with our neighborhood councils, schools, the Dept. of Transportation to make it better. I would advocate for any street/sidewalk repair bond to include funds for bike lanes and crosswalks for more walkability/bikeable neighborhoods.

9. LACBC has formed Neighborhood Bike Ambassador groups in each part of the City to work with local businesses, neighborhood councils, homeowner associations and other stakeholders on bicycle issues. Will you commit to meeting with the local Ambassador group in your district on a regular and ongoing basis? Would you be willing to lead a regularly scheduled bike ride with your constituents?

I think a regularly scheduled bike ride with my constituents is a brilliant idea. Your representative should know his or her constituents on and individual basis. It’s a great opportunity to discuss local issues, enjoy our beautiful district and I will listen to your concerns and ideas.  I have participated in a number of such rides with LACBC learning about different areas of our city. I would love to lead similar rides of my as a councilmember.

10. Would you presently feel safe riding a bike in Los Angeles, and if not, what would it take to make you feel comfortable on our city streets?

I ride my bike my bike in the district all the time. I don’t necessarily feel safe, especially on streets like Glendale Blvd. near my home with no bike lanes and very fast traffic.  Nonetheless, I am very careful when riding and take precautions to remain safe. I am committed to making our city’s streets safe and user friendly. I believe the number one issues we face if we are to grow as a biking city, we much ensure that we have more protected bike lanes.

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