District 1

At a glance, are they bike friendly?

  • Ben Franklin Bruce – No
  • Charlie Parker – No
  • Cliff Richardson – unknown
  • Karl Warren – Yes
  • Kim Feil – Yes
  • Mike Becknal – No
  • Ron F. Smith – Yes
  • William “Bill” Verkest –Yes

Questions

  1. How often do you ride bikes?
  2. What will you do to promote bicycling and increase the number of people who use bicycles for transportation and commuting?
  3. How do you see the hike-and-bike plan as fitting into the city’s transportation network?
  4. What do you think is the best way to allocate the public works money to car, bicycle and pedestrian projects? Specifically, should the proportion of funds to bike infrastructure be less than/equal to/or greater than the present?
  5. Would you support a 3-foot to pass law in Arlington? (A law requiring vehicles to give cyclists three feet of clearance when passing them on the road.)
  6. Not every city building and not even every city park has bike racks. What would you do to increase the number of bike parking in the city?
  7. Plano, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin have each hired a staff Bicycle Coordinator and a Bicycle Advisory Committee. Would you support hiring of a Bicycle Coordinator or creating such a committee in Arlington?

Candidate answers

Ben Franklin Bruce

  • Mr. Bruce did not respond to the survey, but he is backed by Buddy Saunders, the main opposition to the Hike & Bike Plan.

Charlie Parker

  • Statement issued:  “I have been riding bikes for several decades.  As a matter of fact it was 10 years ago this Memorial Day that I rode from Austin to my home here in Arlington.  I enjoy riding my bike in River Legacy Park on days like today, but not on the weekends.  On June 1 of last year I was hit by a car while crossing Green Oaks Blvd. while I was in the cross walk.  I have a plate and 10 screws in my wrist and I consider myself very lucky that it wasn’t worse.  I was surrounded by white lines and it didn’t legislate any courtesy from the driver, since I believe she was texting at the time.  So if you want to know my stance on the Hike and Bike Plan as it stands I am against it at present.  That being said I am for bike paths.  I would like to get the biker off the streets because it is dangerous.  I would like to connect the current bike paths to Ft. Worth/Dallas so that a quality bike experience can be had in a safe environment.  I personally don’t think that white stripes do much since it is obvious from my experience the streets aren’t safe.”

Cliff Richardson

  • Mr. Richardson has not yet responded to the survey.

Karl Warren

  1. I ride from time to time but not as often as I would like…….
  2. I think your organization would be better at promoting bicycling and or increasing the numbers. If you help elect me to the city council, what I can do is make sure you have the safe bike path and routes. Because current and past city leaders have lack foresight when come to hike and bike; I believe when a new street is put in or an old street is repaired, we should make it bike and pedestrian friendly.
  3. From the maps I have seen, I think hike and bike can fit nicely into the city transportation network. With the current city council, only time will tell if it get done and done right. We need a city council with foresight and understand as the population grows and change, the way we move around the city will change.
  4. This is my thinking; when planning to develop new areas around town, when planning to fix or repair current streets, this would be the time to look at how biking and pedestrian traffic would fit….it should not cost any more money to incorporate a bike path if we do the planning.
  5. On an unmarked street I can see the need but on a street that’s marked; If the cyclist is within the bike lane there may be less of a need. This is a safety issue and the safety of the cyclist come first.  This would be something I would take a hard look at.
  6. What I would do is partner with your organization and other businesses around town to promote bike parking in the city.
  7. If it is needed, this is would be something to consider……..

Kim Feil

  1. I had my vintage bike out last Sunday at Fielder Museum for a candidate party. My “riding” bike is being used by my college kid at LSU, so not often at all.
  2. I am currently meeting with the Facebook group “Arlington Mass Transit”. I am editing the video for the meeting we had Sunday evening. We are exploring a multi modal transportation item for the ballot and will need about 9,000 signatures of registered voters, however others can help that are not registered can also help by getting the petitions circulated and notarized.
  3. “The example of the traffic calming/bike lane on Norwood has definitely slowed us down and my son and his friends ride their longboard there for sport, but not for transportation.
    So that part of the plan in my opinion isn’t contiguous transportation, but a limited parcel. I personally believe dedicated lanes away from speeding, spewing cars & trucks is the safest route for cyclists. Painting a line and yielding that space will improve safety, but it will not address the health hazard of cycling with vehicle exhaust. In general, if we get public transit, we at least need bike racks for the buses.”
  4. The example of the traffic calming/bike lane on Norwood has definitely slowed us down and my son and his friends ride their longboard there for sport, but not for transportation.
    So that part of the plan in my opinion isn’t contiguous transportation, but a limited parcel. I personally believe dedicated lanes away from speeding, spewing cars & trucks is the safest route for cyclists. Painting a line and yielding that space will improve safety, but it will not address the health hazard of cycling with vehicle exhaust. In general, if we get public transit, we at least need bike racks for the buses.”
  5. Yes, all pedestrians, and cyclists deserve to be safe and enjoy the public streets.
  6. I would ask businesses to pay for them in lieu of advertising on the racks, or positing a sponsor sign of the donor.
  7.  I would support the NCTCOG adding a Bicycle Coordinator so that many cities can benefit from regional efforts.

Mike Becknal

I am very bike friendly in that I want to work with our neighboring cities to finally complete the Trinity Trails system of trails which will ultimately provide the continous trail from are south Fort Worth all of the way to Dallas.
 
As far as permanent bike lanes on our streets, I am still studying the issues.  I am not in favor of reducing lanes of traffic on existing roads, such as Abram and Mayfield as was part of the Hike and Bike Plan passed by the Council.  I have no problem including them where we can as part of the redesign of existing roadways, or the widening of roadways.  Unfortunately, because of our lack of transit in Arlington, and by the nature of our city geographically, we simply have too much traffic spread across too large an area to effectively support bike lanes across major thourofares (sic).

Note: Updated 05/07/2012

Ron F. Smith

  1. 3 or 4 times per month.
  2. I would promote bicycle awareness and in some cases would support bike lanes on
    some streets. I also would like to see the other metroplex cities finish the Trinity
    River park plans with bike trails throughout the area. Bicycling and safety are very
    important to me.
  3. It still has to be approved by voters on specifics. I would like to see studies that
    support the very high number that were used in previous studies. I am very much
    interested in the safety issues. We need to make the streets more accessible.
  4. I would have to study the current percentages before I make a judgment on the
    allocation. I would say more that we have had in the past.
  5. Absolutely!I would support safety of the riders and responsibility of riders to the
    current laws. I also would try to inform drivers about the current laws. Again, I
    would study the information before making a decision.
  6. I would promote the racks in public parks and public buildings as noted on the
    survey of how many bikes were operating at each facility. Private commercial
    buildings would have to supply their own as they see fit.
  7. Yes, If the residents want it.

William “Bill” Verkest

  1. I do not ride
  2. I will advocate the health benefits of cycling as well as its contribution to improving air quality.  More importantly, I will demand a public education program to demonstrate the necessity of sharing the road.
  3. It is an integral part of an intermodal transportation system.
  4. As a matter of budget priorities, equal to.
  5. Yes
  6. Promote as part of the budget process based on facility use or based on origin – destination studies.
  7. Yes.

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