Name: Rene Lapierre


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

• Reinstate the Ombudsman
• Promote economic growth for our city
• Minimize and control tax hikes
• Repair or replace severely aging infrastructure
• Introduce more activities to further promote health in our community
• Ensure adequate and fair distribution of emergency services to all Greater Sudbury


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 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?

Cycling is a great mode of transportation that Sudbury needs to update and adapt themselves to. So many other city’s accommodate for this form of transportation or even family friendly activity.

I am an advocate for better and more cycling because it is a healthy activity for our community. Being from the healthcare industry I know that we lack fun safe family healthy activities therefore promoting cycling would be a great start.


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?

When rebuilding and fixing roads I believe there can be economical ways to integrate an appropriate bike lane, as well as add more official bike paths to areas that are unsafe for the road. Biking is very healthy and great exercise for all who do it not to mention a great mode of transportation for those who wish to do so


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?

I would need more details and explanation of what this entails


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

Don't know

Explain why/why not?


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?

To add input from a member of the Cyclists Union during the design process would be an easy task to accomplish and I would welcome such an idea. Only together we can make things right