Q10: 20 Questions for Langley Township Council candidates

Rick Green (for MAYOR) – While this is a trendy improvement we cannot get ahead of it’s need and use. Great idea if it is used over time and at that time should be expanded. What financial resources are available from Translink and other senior governments. 

Petrina Arnason – YES. I believe that bicycles are a viable and healthy mode of transportation and they support healthfulness and are good alternative to cars for some. It is important to ensure that those choosing this option are afforded adequate safety through the provision of bike lanes and other infrastructure that can be built into new roadways.

David Davis – Yes. We have a policy in place now.

Bev Dornan – Yes, and there is a bike and cycling plan that has been developed and is being worked on as we move forward.

Charlie Fox – Yes, we have a ‘Cycling Master Plan’ as part of our Major Road Network Plan. We need to continue the growth of our cycling network as an alternative to driving and using our roads in our more urban community areas. Presently we have 137km of cycling designated paths/roadways and there is always opportunity to increase that as new roads are developed. We also have an annual budget funding line of $130,000 plus we access grants from Translink and the Provincial government to compliment this funding.

Clint Lee – Yes, bikes are an extremely healthy form of transportation and their use should be encouraged.

Patricia Lessard – YES, parking and traffic congestion will become increasing challenges within our community as it grows.  Encouraging cycling by making it safe should continue to be a goal of our Council.

Bob Long – Yes – and for accessibility

Jackie Mandzak – Don’t know. The Township is a place of multiple communities, some of which would be more logical for the promotion of cycling.  If bike lanes are an amenity that an area would like to see, then the Township should consider then. I do not have enough information, though, about the need in order to give an informed answer.

Kevin Mitchell – YES, but only in very specific corridors.  Bicycle usage is very seasonal and with the overwhelming demand for private vehicle parking, we have to provide reasonable cycling routes while maintaining sufficient space for pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Scott Nichols – No. Not at the present time. Future development should include bike lanes, but we should not be redesigning existing roads for bike lanes. If a road is redeveloped, it should include bike lanes.

Kim Richter – YES. However we need safer bike lanes on less vehicle intensive roads. I disagree with putting all the bike lanes on major arterial and collector roads. This is not safe and not conducive to increased bike use especially with regard to all the young children and seniors in our community.

Michelle Sparrow – Yes. Building green infrastructure is important for all communities as we move forward, this is the future and we must plan our communities for it.  

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