Kurt IvieSeptember 30, 2023
Paul BrysonOctober 5, 2023
- What is your vision to help people ride and walk safely in our community? What actual steps might you take to achieve your vision?
We definitely need walkable communities and better pathways that connect all of Washington County so people can safely enjoy the beautiful scenery that we live in. I would love to see trails that connect from Enterprise to Toquerville. Obviously that would take cooperation with multiple city councils, and I would definitely be open to that.
- Forty years ago, more than 60% of school children in the US walked or rode a bicycle to school. Today, that figure is less than 10%. This decline in bicycling and walking and physical activity in general has been mirrored by dramatic increases in negative health impacts for kids. What would you do to reverse this trend? What role do you think the city should play in making it safer for children to walk and bike to school?
Our society is seeing an overall decline in physical activity and socialization. I am sure a large part of this is due to an increase in screen time. We all need to do what we can to encourage physical activity and imaginative, social play. It starts with adults being good models of healthy habits and limited screen time. As a speech language pathologist in the school district, I see how important physical activity is and have a true understanding of how kids get to school. Most are dropped off in a vehicle. I think a big reason not as many ride to school or walk is that parents don’t feel safe in allowing their kids to ride or walk to school. As a City Council member, we need to support measures that include increased safety officers near schools, and crosswalks, as well as supporting any volunteer efforts to help children and parents feel comfortable walking or biking to school.
- Do you agree that Complete Streets (a design philosophy that provides safe accommodations for all Users…vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists) is the approach local municipalities needs to take when designing and reconstructing roads.
I like that the updated master plan for downtown Hurricane includes this type of model to address the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles.
- Tell us about your personal experiences riding a bike, running or walking for recreation, exercise or transportation.
I have always enjoyed hiking. There is something very relaxing about getting out into nature and away from every day distractions. I love to listen to the sounds of nature and focus on what being outside has to offer. I always feel ready to tackle our things after I have had a nice hike or walk. I walk my dog each day and find it a true delight and highlight. I have I have many friends who bike and share the same experiences with me that I have had.
- Is there anything else that you would like to share about Active Transportation in Washington County?
As a speech/language pathologist in the schools working with students with disabilities, I see firsthand how we need more support for those who have disabilities. I think we need to carefully consider those needs and support policies and goals that help people of all abilities to be as independent as possible with accessing the community in regards to transportation.