Ben Leamon MartinsenSeptember 30, 2023
Amy WerrettOctober 4, 2023
1) As our city boundaries continue to expand traditional bicycle
recreation areas are in some cases pushed aside in favor of development.
My vision on Washington City Council has and will be to include dedicated
bicycle lanes as well as safety measures to encourage their use. Planning
needs to be included in the General plan and executed in zoning and
development regulation. I have been instrumental in bringing to fruition the
Washington Wheels Park located on East George Washington Parkway.
The 15 acre site was donated after I shared my vision for the regional park
with property owners. Amenities include skateboarding, BMX tracks, as
well as other bicycle venues. Ground breaking has began with a completion
date of fall 2024.
2) As a teacher at Washington Elementary for 32 years I noted the
decline of kids walking and biking to school. Parents became a lot more
willing to drive their children over the years. There has been marked
improvement in the communication process between the WCSD and
Washington City when new schools are going to be built that allows time for
planning, funding and implementation for street lights, flashing lights,
crossing guards as well as, the critical element of funding all of which
comes from the city for these types of improvements. I have worked
directly with WFIS, Heritage Elementary, and CCMS CCHS to implement
safety measures. The latest was the addition of a stoplight at the
intersection of 240 East and George Washington Blvd. after parental
concerns came forward. The traffic light was approved and will be installed
as soon as the materials arrive.
3) I do support Complete Streets type input from planning to building
and maintaining. They advocate streets designed and operated to enable
safe use and support mobility for all users.
4) I bought an electric bicycle with the bigger wheels from Open Road
Motorsports they took the time to insure my experience and I love it! I ride a
24 mile loop from my house in the Washington Fields around Bloomington
and back. I am a former off road motorcycle rider so that makes it even
more fun. I often take my grandkids on shorter rides. I really like that it gets
them off the screens and spending quality family time exercising, the way
kids should be!
5) Personal health is paramount in having a quality of life. I appreciate
the Bicycle Alliance and the great work done there by my friends in
securing the active lifestyle we all need.