Name: Mike Jakubo


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

Infrastructure (Roads and water lines)
Infrastructure (Parks, playgrounds, arenas, splash pads)
Transparency and Accountability
Value for tax dollars
Growth and development


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 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 am aware of this report. I think we have had good intentions when it comes to making cycling easier and safer, but we have made only band-aid fixes. If we are going to make cycling a safer option we need to fully incorporate bike lanes in our new road construction. This will not work for every road but the City should have routes that will take a cyclist safely from one end of the City to the other. This will not realistically come quickly, but if we can change our planning mind set now it will pay dividends in the future.


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?

I think when we are repaving or widening a road and are already changing the lane dimensions that we should be incorporating bike lanes on enough routes to safely get those who choose this sustainable mode of transportation from place to place as necessary. This will be a work in progress as projects are completed.


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?

Yes

Explain why/why not?

Yes, road by road.


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

Yes

Explain why/why not?

It is sustainable. I think only on new and retrofit, not repair.


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

No

Explain why/why not?

This strategy should be implemented without the need of senior manager as the City should adopt the policy that such strategy is beneficial for all departments such that existing departments can co-ordinate its success.


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?

As with any decision that will affect the community, there needs to be community involvement in a meaningful way at the beginning of the planning process. This is the stage at which I would solicit community input as this is when it can have the best impact.