Next Tuesday evening, Streets.mn is co-sponsoring a forum for Mayoral candidates on the future of transportation in Minneapolis. We’re going to be covering all kinds of policy, from bicycles to equity to maintenance funding to parking requirements.
If you’re around the U of MN campus on Tuesday night and care about our next mayor, come by! Also, we’re soliciting ideas for questions. What issues would YOU like to see your mayoral candidates answer? Ask now or forever hold your scorn.
See facebook invite here:
There will be a mayoral forum on Tuesday, October 15 in the Cowles Auditorium of the Humphrey School. The event is sponsored by the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, Streets.mn, the Interdisciplinary Transportation Student Organization (ITSO), the Minnesota Urban Studies Students Association (MUSSA), UrbanMSP, and the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability.
The topic of the forum is the future of transportation in Minneapolis. Transportation is one of the most important issues facing Minneapolis. What will the next mayor’s positions be on supporting all modes of transportation? How can we accelerate transit ridership? How can we move Minneapolis toward sustainable active lifestyles? We hope the event will allow the mayoral candidates to express their plans to make it easier to move around Minneapolis.
The forum will be moderated by Paula Pentel, coordinator of the Urban Studies Program at the University of Minnesota.
How do the candidates intend to implement the city’s goal to decrease VMT. Especially when the county plans to increase auto capacity on streets, and thus promote move driving (e.g. Minnehaha)?
What are some specific examples of strategies or approaches the future Mayor of Minneapolis will support to grow the city’s employment and residential population?
With Hennepin County, Metropolitan Council, CTIB, MNDOT, and the City of Minneapolis all having a stake in and opinion of transportation in Minneapolis, how would the candidates propose to ensure that Minneapolis maximizes its growth potential and transportation mobility while maintaining a healthy partnership with the other agencies?
The phrase ‘LRT done right’ has been used several times recently. What do you believe is LRT done right and what role does equity play in your definition?
What is your primary mode of transportation?
What is your least favorite place to walk in Minneapolis and how do you think it should be improved?
1. Echoing / modifying Kate’s question above: Do you or do you not regularly ride the bus? Which route(s)?
2. Name one or two of your primary frustrations or perceived shortcomings with our local bus routes and propose solution(s).
1. Are you willing to take parking or travel lanes away from cars to enhance mobility by bus or bike?
2. It currently takes 26 minutes (scheduled) to travel by bus from Hennepin & Lake to the Hennepin Avenue Bridge. Do you find that acceptable? How do we fix that?
Modifying Thatcher’s comment/question:
What is your take on streets in Minneapolis also being managed/designed by other bodies (MnDOT, Hennepin County, etc) with the highway standards that result?
How many minutes of peak-hour car savings for suburban commuters are worth the safety, comfort, and time savings for local transportation (walk, bike, bus)?
What ideas do you have to mitigate the effects of major interstate freeways cutting through Minneapolis neighborhoods? How would you implement them?
Whew – where to begin?
Nearly all candidates can point to ridership on the Hiawatha Line/Blue Line and development near the line as successes, yet how many of you have stepped off the train platform on foot? The walk between the station and new developments is not very pleasant to the pedestrian. How will you tie together valuable public transit investment and private development with a better, more urbane public realm?
I don’t expect the next Mayor of MPLS to be a transportation wonk who understands all of the intricacies of transportation policy and design. I do, however, expect the next mayor to surround himself or herself with strong policy advisors who are transportation experts. This can be challenging since it’s not always clear which experts are the right experts. Other than city staff and the various sponsors of this forum, who will you look to for inspiration and guidance on transportation issues? Are there any individuals or organizations that you will routinely turn to for expert advice on transportation issues?