Ward 1 – Terrell Pruitt Responses
Bike Cleveland Cleveland City Council Candidate Questionnaire
Candidate Name: Terrell Pruitt
Council Ward 1 Candidate
Q. What roles do you think city council can play in making cities safe, accessible and friendly for biking?
A. Cleveland city council has an unique role in setting policy that create a move bike friendly city.
Q. Funding for bikeways and other bicycle improvements and programs in Cleveland is currently derived from a mix of local, regional, and federal grants. Do you support an increase in dedicated funds in the City of Cleveland capital budget to install a safe, connected network of bike facilities?
Q. Do you have ideas for securing other funding for biking projects in Cleveland?
A. Yes, I am currently in the process of working with the Greater Cleveland Metro Parks to develop the first mountain bike course in Kerruish Park.
Q. In January 2012 the City of Cleveland’s Complete and Green Streets Ordinance went into effect. The ordinance requires implementation of sustainable policies and guidelines in all construction projects within the public right of way. What will you do to ensure that the city incorporates Complete and Green Streets policies and practices into road projects within your ward? How will you measure success?
A. Yes, the concepts of the Complete and Green Streets are incorporated in the Ward 1 master plan.
Q. In what ways can enhanced bicycling facilities and opportunities benefit your ward and the city as a whole? Are there any specific projects that you’d like to see accomplished?
A. The streetscape of Lee Road is vitally important to create a bike friendly community.
Q. Cities across the United States are installing protected bicycle lanes (a.k.a. cycletracks) to create a stress-free biking environment and to encourage “interested but concerned” people to ride a bike. Do you support the installation of bike infrastructure like buffered bike lanes, protected bike lanes, and bike boxes on Cleveland streets? YES/NO
Q. Are you in favor of Bike Boxes (i.e. former shipping containers converted to bike parking) being placed in a parking lane on city streets?
Q. In just about every neighborhood throughout the city, one of the top concerns is drivers driving too fast, aggressively, and not safely sharing the road with people on bikes. What ideas do you have to calm traffic and make our neighborhoods safer and more comfortable in which to ride a bike? Feel free to talk about particular problem spots in your ward.
A. One of the goal of the streetscape on Lee Road is put to the road on a “diet” to create a safer experience for biker.
Q. According to the 2012 Census almost 28% of Clevelanders do not have access to a car, how would you go about re-examining road projects to take into account the transportation needs of all city residents, improve safety, and enhance the livability of Cleveland neighborhoods?
A. We need to focus our capital projects that support public transportation, and multi-modal transportation.
Q. What do you think is the number one risk to people on bikes both in your ward and the city as a whole? What have you done/will you do as an elected official to remedy it?
A. Our existing infrastructure is not created to support multi-modal transportation, the goals and objectives in the Ward 1 master plan are designed to address those issues.
See responses from all candidates at BikeCleveland.org/I-bike-I-vote