Amy WerrettOctober 4, 2023
Clark FawcettOctober 5, 2023
1. What is your vision to help people ride and walk safely in our community? What actual steps might you take to achieve your vision
Response: First, obtain information from the police department data on accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists. Armed with the information determine where and when traffic enforcement is needed and for what violations.
Cities provide pedestrian walking paths but permit motorized bicycle to travel at seeds which can be dangerous. Need to evaluate the speeds for changes in us
The best practice is when cities have bicycle paths separate from pedestrians and the vehicle roadway. Have dedicated bicycle areas as they have walking paths. Also have required stops for vehicles who enter highways which cross bicycle and pedestrian paths. As well as stop signs posted for those paths.
2. 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?
Response: Unfortunately, our social attitude toward the bicycle has changed. Some of the issue is it is “NOT COOL” to ride a bike to school. Parents/family’s believe it is no longer safe to ride because of threats (perceived or actual). Ivins police department has such a small police department it cannot adequately provide sufficient presents to dismiss those thoughts.
If Ivins implemented the above items and promoted safe bicycle storage racks to prevent theft it would help. Also have a ride for health day one or two days a week it may help including city workers.
3. 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?
Response: In cities I have lived in have promoted safety for all. I personally as a Police officer promoted all the forementioned actions as well as traffic enforcement and documenting engineering modifications to correct issues I noted.
4. Tell us about your personal experiences riding a bike, running or walking for recreation, exercise or transportation.
Response: I personally have ridden bicycles for more years than I want to remember. My first bicycle was a Schwin continental. I had along with my friends had ridden on road trips. I have continued riding all my life. I recently sold my Trek Madone which I had ridden for the past few years.
I am looking for a new bike to continue riding for a different reason exercise.
5. Is there anything else that you would like to share about Active Transportation in Washington County?
Response: I wish the bus service in the county would be expanded to better service residential communities as well as more frequently. Also have bicycle racks.