Candidates

Cycle Oakville invited all Candidates running in the Oakville Municipal Election to fill out the a survey about attitudes toward cycling and cycling infrastructure funding.

Below are the responses that were received by Cycle Oakville prior to the September 22nd cut-off.

October 22nd is election day - make sure to vote!

 

Mayoral Candidate - Rob Burton

How many times per week do you ride a bike?

1

Do you have a biking or walking story that you would like to share?

Respondent skipped this question

Do you support increasing the amount of funding for the Town of Oakville's Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) to ensure Oakville has a connected Minimum Grid of safe cycling infrastructure by 2030?

Yes

People bike when it’s safe, comfortable, and convenient and when they have routes that connect to the places they need to go. Bike infrastructure (bike lanes & paths) in Oakville have come a long way but are still dangerously disjointed. Will you commit to take concrete steps to improve the safety, comfortability and connectivity of Oakville's bike lanes & paths?

Yes

Having safe bike and pedestrian infrastructure encourages more biking and walking. If you are elected/re-elected, will you commit to actively encourage more people to bike and walk to major destinations?

Yes

Why should someone who cares about safe places to bike/walk vote for you?

Because in my time as mayor I led council at both levels to adopt and fund Active Transportation Master Plans that have placed Oakville at the forefront of cycling infrastructure in the GTA on a per capita basis.

Ward 1 Town Councillor Candidate - Beth Robertson

How many times per week do you ride a bike?

2

Do you have a biking or walking story that you would like to share?

My most wonderful memories during my husband's last 10 years living with ALS involved me biking beside his wheelchair down to Bronte or along the lake in Hamilton or Toronto. Max speed was only 11.9 k's but we got to do and see so much this way. He was even my running trainer for my first triathlon!

Do you support increasing the amount of funding for the Town of Oakville's Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) to ensure Oakville has a connected Minimum Grid of safe cycling infrastructure by 2030?

Yes

People bike when it’s safe, comfortable, and convenient and when they have routes that connect to the places they need to go. Bike infrastructure (bike lanes & paths) in Oakville have come a long way but are still dangerously disjointed. Will you commit to take concrete steps to improve the safety, comfortability and connectivity of Oakville's bike lanes & paths?

Yes

Having safe bike and pedestrian infrastructure encourages more biking and walking. If you are elected/re-elected, will you commit to actively encourage more people to bike and walk to major destinations?

Yes

Why should someone who cares about safe places to bike/walk vote for you?

I cycle to do many local activities and cycle for fitness. I will support the funding of safe cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, especially linking the north/south corridors of Oakville. Lakeshore Road planning will also be a priority in its current consultation planning phases.

Ward 1 Town Councillor Candidate - June Campbell

How many times per week do you ride a bike?

0

Do you have a biking or walking story that you would like to share?

Respondent skipped this question

Do you support increasing the amount of funding for the Town of Oakville's Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) to ensure Oakville has a connected Minimum Grid of safe cycling infrastructure by 2030?

Yes

People bike when it’s safe, comfortable, and convenient and when they have routes that connect to the places they need to go. Bike infrastructure (bike lanes & paths) in Oakville have come a long way but are still dangerously disjointed. Will you commit to take concrete steps to improve the safety, comfortability and connectivity of Oakville's bike lanes & paths?

Yes

Having safe bike and pedestrian infrastructure encourages more biking and walking. If you are elected/re-elected, will you commit to actively encourage more people to bike and walk to major destinations?

Yes

Why should someone who cares about safe places to bike/walk vote for you?

I don't bike now but I used to. I find that I don't feel safe biking in Oakville. If I felt safer I would love to bike more. The last time we drove through Montreal we saw the safe, separated bike lanes, not on the sidewalk but with a physical barrier between bikes and cars. If we could find a way to bring some of those to Oakville and have them connected in a useful manner, I might just pull my bike out of the garage again. Thanks

Ward 1 Town & Regional Councillor Candidate - Obaro Akpomena

How many times per week do you ride a bike?

1

Do you have a biking or walking story that you would like to share?

Not really

Do you support increasing the amount of funding for the Town of Oakville's Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) to ensure Oakville has a connected Minimum Grid of safe cycling infrastructure by 2030?

Yes

People bike when it’s safe, comfortable, and convenient and when they have routes that connect to the places they need to go. Bike infrastructure (bike lanes & paths) in Oakville have come a long way but are still dangerously disjointed. Will you commit to take concrete steps to improve the safety, comfortability and connectivity of Oakville's bike lanes & paths?

Yes

Having safe bike and pedestrian infrastructure encourages more biking and walking. If you are elected/re-elected, will you commit to actively encourage more people to bike and walk to major destinations?

Yes

Why should someone who cares about safe places to bike/walk vote for you?

I have pledged to be a strong advocate for every resident and interest group am going to be representing; Speaking first for them.

Ward 2 Town Councillor Candidate - Fraser Damoff

How many times per week do you ride a bike?

4

Do you have a biking or walking story that you would like to share?

My wife and I ride our bikes all over Oakville.

In the summer of 2016 we found ourselves riding to Bronte quite a bit because for part of it we could ride by the water.

In August of that same summer, a cyclist named Stephen Smith was hit and killed at Lakeshore & Third Line (an area my wife and I rode through all the time).

His death caused me to look around at our streets and realize how unsafe they are for anyone not in an automobile. We can and must do better to make our streets safer.

Do you support increasing the amount of funding for the Town of Oakville's Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) to ensure Oakville has a connected Minimum Grid of safe cycling infrastructure by 2030?

Yes

People bike when it’s safe, comfortable, and convenient and when they have routes that connect to the places they need to go. Bike infrastructure (bike lanes & paths) in Oakville have come a long way but are still dangerously disjointed. Will you commit to take concrete steps to improve the safety, comfortability and connectivity of Oakville's bike lanes & paths?

Yes

Having safe bike and pedestrian infrastructure encourages more biking and walking. If you are elected/re-elected, will you commit to actively encourage more people to bike and walk to major destinations?

Yes

Why should someone who cares about safe places to bike/walk vote for you?

People who care about safe places to bike/walk should vote for me because I am determined to make our streets safer so that people are no longer getting hurt or killed on our streets simply because they chose to walk or ride instead of driving. I am firmly committed to the development of a minimum grid of safe cycling infrastructure along with the lowering of speed limits on residential streets and ensuring our streets are as accessible as possible for people not just cars. I firmly believe that the Town of Oakville should make the funding and building out of cycling infrastructure from Oakville GO station (second most used GO Station in Ontario) as its top priority active transportation project over the next four years.

Ward 3 Town Councillor Candidate - Janet Haslett-Theall

How many times per week do you ride a bike?

0

Do you have a biking or walking story that you would like to share?

The best story is probably related to my daughter living in Copenhagen .Of course she needed a bike and going to get it from the second hand store was my task. I had not been on a bike for a few years and they are avid cyclists. I had a few scary moments as other cyclists sped by me and had to get off the path a couple of times to not slow them down. I did appreciate the lane separation on busy streets.

Do you support increasing the amount of funding for the Town of Oakville's Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) to ensure Oakville has a connected Minimum Grid of safe cycling infrastructure by 2030?

Yes

People bike when it’s safe, comfortable, and convenient and when they have routes that connect to the places they need to go. Bike infrastructure (bike lanes & paths) in Oakville have come a long way but are still dangerously disjointed. Will you commit to take concrete steps to improve the safety, comfortability and connectivity of Oakville's bike lanes & paths?

Yes

Having safe bike and pedestrian infrastructure encourages more biking and walking. If you are elected/re-elected, will you commit to actively encourage more people to bike and walk to major destinations?

Yes

Why should someone who cares about safe places to bike/walk vote for you?

I support making greater progress on connecting the cycling network. I will also encourage greater awareness of road safety between drivers and cyclists and safety on multi use paths so residents of different skill levels can enjoy their bikes or walking

Ward 3 Town Councillor Candidate - Vivianne MacKinnon

How many times per week do you ride a bike?

1

Do you have a biking or walking story that you would like to share?

Do NOT like biking across Ford Drive and Royal Windsor intersection... very Dangerous intersection!

Do you support increasing the amount of funding for the Town of Oakville's Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) to ensure Oakville has a connected Minimum Grid of safe cycling infrastructure by 2030?

Yes

People bike when it’s safe, comfortable, and convenient and when they have routes that connect to the places they need to go. Bike infrastructure (bike lanes & paths) in Oakville have come a long way but are still dangerously disjointed. Will you commit to take concrete steps to improve the safety, comfortability and connectivity of Oakville's bike lanes & paths?

Yes

Having safe bike and pedestrian infrastructure encourages more biking and walking. If you are elected/re-elected, will you commit to actively encourage more people to bike and walk to major destinations?

Yes

Why should someone who cares about safe places to bike/walk vote for you?

I have 3 children who all like to bike! Safety is MOST important and bike lanes and bike paths that connect areas together are Fantastic. There are bike path areas in Oakville that are disjointed which need to be fixed! I hope to be able to help fix and connect those areas when/if I am elected as Town Councillor!

Ward 4 Town Councillor Candidate - Peter Longo

How many times per week do you ride a bike?

1

Do you have a biking or walking story that you would like to share?

I really enjoy riding the trails with my children - especially along Sixteen Mile Creek.

Do you support increasing the amount of funding for the Town of Oakville's Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) to ensure Oakville has a connected Minimum Grid of safe cycling infrastructure by 2030?

Yes

People bike when it’s safe, comfortable, and convenient and when they have routes that connect to the places they need to go. Bike infrastructure (bike lanes & paths) in Oakville have come a long way but are still dangerously disjointed. Will you commit to take concrete steps to improve the safety, comfortability and connectivity of Oakville's bike lanes & paths?

Yes

Having safe bike and pedestrian infrastructure encourages more biking and walking. If you are elected/re-elected, will you commit to actively encourage more people to bike and walk to major destinations?

Yes

Why should someone who cares about safe places to bike/walk vote for you?

I support Oakville continuing to make substantial investments in active transportation to both renew and improve our cycling and pedestrian infrastructure. I support continuing to review the Active Transportation Master Plan to look at ways to make improvements both as stand alone projects as well as while other major transportation projects are undertaken along major arterial roads. I recognize that safety improvements and increasing the number of cyclists and pedestrians comes with the need to make changes to our transportation system.

Ward 4 Town & Regional Councillor Candidate - Allan Elgar

How many times per week do you ride a bike?

2

Do you have a biking or walking story that you would like to share?

Not really

Do you support increasing the amount of funding for the Town of Oakville's Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) to ensure Oakville has a connected Minimum Grid of safe cycling infrastructure by 2030?

Yes

People bike when it’s safe, comfortable, and convenient and when they have routes that connect to the places they need to go. Bike infrastructure (bike lanes & paths) in Oakville have come a long way but are still dangerously disjointed. Will you commit to take concrete steps to improve the safety, comfortability and connectivity of Oakville's bike lanes & paths?

Yes

Having safe bike and pedestrian infrastructure encourages more biking and walking. If you are elected/re-elected, will you commit to actively encourage more people to bike and walk to major destinations?

Yes

Why should someone who cares about safe places to bike/walk vote for you?

I have always supported the addition of bike lanes as per our active transportation master plan. For safety reasons I fully support dedicated separated bike lanes where feasible. In ward 4 we have excellent trails for cycling and walking. Going forward I will look for opportunities to expand the cycling network throughout Oakville and Halton Region.

Ward 4 Town & Regional Councillor Candidate - Gordon Brennan

How many times per week do you ride a bike?

1

Do you have a biking or walking story that you would like to share?

Have encountered many wildlife creatures of all kinds on bike rides!

Do you support increasing the amount of funding for the Town of Oakville's Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) to ensure Oakville has a connected Minimum Grid of safe cycling infrastructure by 2030?

Yes

People bike when it’s safe, comfortable, and convenient and when they have routes that connect to the places they need to go. Bike infrastructure (bike lanes & paths) in Oakville have come a long way but are still dangerously disjointed. Will you commit to take concrete steps to improve the safety, comfortability and connectivity of Oakville's bike lanes & paths?

Yes

Having safe bike and pedestrian infrastructure encourages more biking and walking. If you are elected/re-elected, will you commit to actively encourage more people to bike and walk to major destinations?

Yes

Why should someone who cares about safe places to bike/walk vote for you?

Because I grew-up riding my bike to everywhere I needed/wanted to go, I understand the importance of bike riding as much as possible. There are benefits galore to bike riding, including better physical health, cardiovascular benefits, lung benefits, immune system benefits, muscle tone benefits to name a few. I felt safe riding my bike all over my once home-town of North York. That feeling should remain here in Oakville. I would bring about new programs to ensure our youth ride their bikes more often in a safe and fun fashion. While Oakville is considered an affluent town, there are many residents who cannot afford a good quality bicycle. Under a municipal grant program implemented by me with help from local businesses I will help those in need of a new bike to be able to receive one to ride in their Oakville neighbourhood.

Ward 4 Town & Regional Councillor Candidate - Mike Langford

How many times per week do you ride a bike?

0

Do you have a biking or walking story that you would like to share?

I have 2 bikes in the garage that I have not used in years.

Do you support increasing the amount of funding for the Town of Oakville's Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) to ensure Oakville has a connected Minimum Grid of safe cycling infrastructure by 2030?

Yes

People bike when it’s safe, comfortable, and convenient and when they have routes that connect to the places they need to go. Bike infrastructure (bike lanes & paths) in Oakville have come a long way but are still dangerously disjointed. Will you commit to take concrete steps to improve the safety, comfortability and connectivity of Oakville's bike lanes & paths?

Yes

Having safe bike and pedestrian infrastructure encourages more biking and walking. If you are elected/re-elected, will you commit to actively encourage more people to bike and walk to major destinations?

Yes

Why should someone who cares about safe places to bike/walk vote for you?

I support this objective for infrastructure and more biking and walking in our town.

Ward 6 Town & Regional Councillor Candidate - Tom Adams (ACCLAIMED)

How many times per week do you ride a bike?

2

Do you have a biking or walking story that you would like to share?

I enjoy riding with my kids as well as to town hall. It's a great way to get enjoy the outdoors while getting to where you need to go.

Do you support increasing the amount of funding for the Town of Oakville's Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) to ensure Oakville has a connected Minimum Grid of safe cycling infrastructure by 2030?

Yes

People bike when it’s safe, comfortable, and convenient and when they have routes that connect to the places they need to go. Bike infrastructure (bike lanes & paths) in Oakville have come a long way but are still dangerously disjointed. Will you commit to take concrete steps to improve the safety, comfortability and connectivity of Oakville's bike lanes & paths?

Yes

Having safe bike and pedestrian infrastructure encourages more biking and walking. If you are elected/re-elected, will you commit to actively encourage more people to bike and walk to major destinations?

Yes

Why should someone who cares about safe places to bike/walk vote for you?

I recognize the need to include both cycling and pedestrian infrastructure in our capital plans. Active transportation is an important part of our overall transportation plan.

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