Name: Lynne Reynolds

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

Smart economic development that serves our city, our citizens and increases tax base.

Transportation – I believe that it is time to re-look at all our transportation needs and prepare for the future. I believe in a complete street and street diet policy.

Transparency and accountability – Better consultation process, more financial and economic impact studies

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 for recreation.

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?

As Vice-Chair of the Planning Committee, I was instrumental in promoting cycling trails for new subdivisions that would link the new development with schools, commercial areas and adjacent neighbourhoods.

I would like to see more and better promotion of bus ridership, including park and ride facilities, free rides for seniors during certain hours of the day and a better Handi-Transit service.

In regards to the questions above:

Healthy Living:
As former councillor for my ward, I was responsible for bringing the following to my ward:
-Minnow Lake Skateboard Park
-Flour Mill neighbourhood splash park
-the re-opening of Adanac Ski Hill
-promotion of soccer fields
-the Minnow Lake Fountain which oxygenates the lake to control algae
-The Ramsey Lake Bike Path
-the refurbishing of several playgrounds and tot lots

As Councillor for the Minnow Lake area, I was responsible for the re-design of Howey/Bancroft to accommodate the Ramsey Lake Bike Path, a project which had been discussed for over 30 years

Bike-friendly Communities:
I also like its traffic-calming component. The Ramsey Lake Bike path has had a real traffic-calming effect on Howey Drive.

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.

Don't know

Explain why/why not?

Depends on cost.

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?

Not yet familiar with scope and cost

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?

Am very much in favour of Complete Streets policy. Also ‘streets diets’. Please see my post “Letting Our Belt Out”, written in March on my website

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

Don't know

Explain why/why not?

Need more information on this.

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?

An effective Councillor always ensures that proper consultation takes place right from the beginning of a project. Projects must be win-win situations that consider the future growth of our city, smooth traffic flow, minimum environmental impact, and cost to taxpayers.