Name: Fern Cormier


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

Infrastructure improvements (including cycle & pedestrian infrastructure)
Identify wasteful spending and find efficiencies without cutting services
Improve the planning process to ensure that ALL stakeholders and the community have meaningful input into large scale projects.
Insist upon transparency & accountability at all levels (including political) of city hall
Make sure that protecting the watershed, Lake Ramsey & Nepahwin is a priority of council
Insist on the first class maintenance of all public spaces and parks. I feel that Bell Park should be protected and maintained in such a way that it joins the ranks of the Halifax Public Gardens and Stanley Park


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 mountain bike. * I would like to ride on roads, but I don't because I am afraid to do so. * 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 firmly believe that we must include cycling & pedestrian design into every infrastructure project we engage in. At the present time and all to often it seems to be an afterthought when it should be standard practice to include and enhance these elements in our infrastructure. I would like to see the continued expansion of the existing network of cycle routes but would also like to see more bike lanes on the major road ways. I personally do not feel safe driving along parts of Paris Street for example and many people feel the same way, yet our cycling routs are connected by Paris and other busy streets. If people feel safer on bicycles we will use them more often and in more places.


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.

Yes

Explain why/why not?

As previously stated, I think cycling & pedestrian infrastructure should be a standard part of all future projects and I would support dedicating dollars to a cycling infrastructure fund.


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?

Don't know

Explain why/why not?

It is my understanding that the current list of capital projects identifies bits and pieces of roads that will be resurfaced and in some cases re-built between now and 2018. While significant I am not sure that these existing projects would give us the opportunity to enhance cycling infrastructure to a large enough degree. I am unsure and would require more information on the specifics of the projects.


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

Don't know

Explain why/why not?


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

Yes

Explain why/why not?

I think this makes sense to implement.


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?

The community must be involved at the earliest opportunity. Stakeholders must have a seat at the table. I believe this would go a long way to reducing situations such as the recent 2nd Ave project where cycling and pedestrian infrastructure was an afterthought and had to be fought for. It should have been included from the beginning and having key stakeholders involved at the forefront could have mitigated some of these problems.