1. What do you think of the 2016 Cupertino Bike Plan?
I’m impressed the thoroughness of the plan. I particularly appreciated the detailed descriptions ranging from the Needs Analysis to the Implementation Strategy so it’s clear how the selected bike paths match the original requirements and how the plan can be implemented including outreach programs and integration with regional agencies.
2. The Plan’s Tier I projects total $15M. Do you support funding these projects over the next 5 years?
I would support funding some portions of the Tier 1 projects during the first year and then determine the buildout rate of the remaining projects based on feedback from residents. The top rated Tier 1 project is Stevens Creek but it’s also one of the most expensive on a per-mile basis so perhaps this project can be decomposed into multiple projects. I would select perhaps four or five projects, scattered across the city, for an initial deployment for year 1 and go from there.
3. How do you rate Bike/Ped improvements versus street improvements/maintenance?
I would not generically rate bike/ped improvements over street improvements or vice versa without additional information such as usage data, resident feedback, cost, etc.
4. If residents oppose specific plan enhancements in their neighborhood, will you still support the bike plan’s features and intents?
If the residents oppose a bike plan enhancement in their neighborhood, I would try to understand the reasons for opposition and make a decision based on these reasons. I would not always support or oppose the plan without understanding the specific context.
5. As a council member, what would you do to increase bike use for recreation and the community?
There are a number of Encouragement Programs listed in Chapter 5 which I would support funding.
a. Would you be willing to advocate for a trail along the UPRR tracks and/or on water district lands? Yes I would.
b. Would you be willing to budget funds to acquire right-of-ways for more trails in Cupertino?
Yes I would. I am supportive of extending trails in Cupertino for both recreational and transportation purposes.
6. Your closing comments.
As traffic congestion becomes a more significant issue in Cupertino, alternative forms of transportation to the personal automobile, such as cycling, become more attractive and can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The 2016 Cupertino Bicycle Transportation Plan is a meticulous blueprint on how to make bicycling more friendly and prevalent in Cupertino, and I support its implementation for its role in relieving traffic congestion, providing recreational opportunities, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.