Name: Al Sizer

If you are elected, what will be your top priorities?

If I am elected the top priorities for Ward 8 will be
• Completion of Maley Drive
• Preserving green space in our ward
• Road and traffic concerns

Do you ride a bike?

Candidates were asked to choose any of the following options: No, I don’t ride; I mountain bike; I ride on roads; I would like to ride on roads, but I don’t because I am afraid to do so; I ride for recreation; I ride for commuting purposes; I ride every chance I get; I ride weekly; I ride monthly; I ride only in the spring, summer and fall; I ride year round.

* I ride on roads. * I ride for recreation. * I ride only in the spring, summer and fall.

In the next questions, candidates were asked to agree or disagree with the question:

I support projects that promote healthy active living in our community: Agree
I consider cycling an increasingly important mode of transportation Agree
Investing in a bike-friendly community benefits everyone Agree
Alternative modes of transportation are going to be more necessary in the future Agree
Our community’s cycling infrastructure needs to be improved Agree

Were you aware that the city’s 2010 Sustainable Mobility Plan states that 1/3 of our residents don’t drive a car? Cycling can be done by all Greater Sudbury residents, and is good for personal health and the health of the environment. What ideas or recommendations do you have to improve and encourage alternate modes of transportation, including cycling, in Greater Sudbury?

I would advocate the implementation of a Complete streets policy and transportation demand management strategy. As a result of this survey I was able to be more informed about what strategies/tools are available to incorporate a complete transportation strategy.

Would you support budget dollars dedicated to building new cycling infrastructure as identified in the Transportation Master Plan? For example, the current Transportation Study proposes building bike lanes on a number of existing roads.


Explain why/why not?

While supporting the building of new cycling infrastructure, I would advocate for these initiatives only as new road construction is approved.

Would you support the mandatory inclusion of cycling infrastructure in all the arterial and major roads projects already identified on the 2014-2018 roads capital budget priority list?


Explain why/why not?

If deemed feasible by meeting criteria recommended in Complete Streets and Transportation Demand studies.

Would you support the implementation of a Complete Streets Policy, entrenched in the Official Plan, with the following components:

  • strong policy language like “must implement”;
  • addressing all users including pedestrians, cyclists and transit users of all ages and abilities;
  • applicable to all projects (new, retrofit and repair);
  • with a mandated procedure to allow exceptions;
  • with the aim to create a comprehensive, integrated, connected network to benefit all users and modes;
  • that will cover all jurisdictions;
  • that uses the latest and best design criteria and guidelines;
  • that allows for road and community context;
  • that establishes performance standards with measurable outcomes;
  • that includes specific next steps for implementation.

For more information on Complete Streets, see here: Complete Streets for Canada website


Explain why/why not?

This is just good planning for achieving an end result that is good for all citizens. Endorsing a complete streets philosophy we can reduce reliance on non renewable energy sources while promoting a Green Community

Would you support implementing a Transportation Demand Management strategy and program at the City directed by a senior manager who will coordinate the implementation across all impacted City departments?

Transportation Demand Management (TDM) is a wide range of policies, programs, services and
products that influence how, when, where and why people and goods are moved. TDM programs and strategies are meant to encourage greater use of sustainable modes of transportation and trip decision making that reduces, combines or shortens vehicle trips. For a sample TDM strategy implementation, see: Kitchener Transportation Demand Management Program


Explain why/why not?

This type of planning can reduce demand on roadways in their current mode of being designed for single use transportation.

If it includes pedestrians, bicycles and other types of apparatus, then the demand on resources is reduced we encourage a healthier community and we reduce green house emissions.

Cyclists want to be part of the road design process when cycling infrastructure is involved. How will you ensure that community consultation is done effectively and openly from the start to finish of all roads projects?

I would ensure there is a standing committee as part of the Transportation Demand Management Program that would provide the City with issues and needs of the cycling community.