District 7

At a glance, are they bike friendly?

  • Jerry Pikulinski – No
  • Jimmy Bennett – Yes

Questions

  1. How often do you ride bikes?
  2. What will you do to promote bicycling and increase the number of people who use bicycles for transportation and commuting?
  3. How do you see the hike-and-bike plan as fitting into the city’s transportation network?
  4. What do you think is the best way to allocate the public works money to car, bicycle and pedestrian projects? Specifically, should the proportion of funds to bike infrastructure be less than/equal to/or greater than the present?
  5. Would you support a 3-foot to pass law in Arlington? (A law requiring vehicles to give cyclists three feet of clearance when passing them on the road.)
  6. Not every city building and not even every city park has bike racks. What would you do to increase the number of bike parking in the city?
  7. Plano, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin have each hired a staff Bicycle Coordinator and a Bicycle Advisory Committee. Would you support hiring of a Bicycle Coordinator or creating such a committee in Arlington?

 Candidate answers

Jerry Pikulinski

  1. Seldom.  Only to test if I still have the balance.
  2. My basic position is to support recreational biking and to concede that the student population at UTA should be able to use biking as a serious transportation alternative.
  3. I want to see the issues re-examined in the light of the above answer.
  4. There are so many competing requirements for street construction and maintenance that I place only a limited priority on bike lane access, again in line with my answer to question 2 above.
  5. Having sailed in my younger days, I accept that smaller, lower powered vehicles need special treatment. For the safety of riders, I also support traffic safety rules for bicycles.  I have personally seen some reckless bike behavior that needs to be better regulated. I am not sure that the 3-foot law would ensure safety. Again in my earlier days, I rode a motorcycle and had two experiences in being driven off the road in an oncoming auto left-turn situation. The entire safety situation needs to be addressed in any case.
  6. Basically, I would not appropriate any large amounts of money for this purpose.  I recognize that bike racks at public building may be needed.  I would favor putting out small numbers of these and looking at the utilization before going to any high level of installation.
  7. I favor community participation, that includes public committees. I would work to create a framework in which a public bike advisory committee could be organized.  I think “over-politicizing” any community effort gives the wrong message.  I would not create a special position, but assign different staff people to work with a public bike committee, on the issues involved will likely involve several city departments.  I would work to reduce the controversy generated thus far.

Jimmy Bennett

  1. Presently not riding (sorry).
  2. As a part of the City Council who voted to approve, it made a statement of support and encouragement to those who enjoying biking for recreational or commuting purposes.
  3. It is presently a complementary piece to our network.  However, depending upon how the public accepts and responds, it could become even more important.  The plan that was passed allows for this potentiality.
  4. Since we have only just begun funding this plan, it will be increasing from past levels.
  5. I am unfamiliar with this concept but would be open to listening to the merits it may offer.
  6. Depending upon the costs, it could be incorporated into some of the upcoming planned city park expansions or renovations.  The same goes with buildings.
  7. I am unfamiliar with this type of position and would have to learn more about the cost/benefit it would offer.  But again, I am open-minded to listening to the merits of this proposition.

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