Sustainable Transportation Advocates Investigate Bay Area Candidates – Streetsblog San Francisco
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In six weeks, voters across the Bay Area will head to the polls (if they haven’t already voted by mail by then). What is the position of the many candidates on public transport, cycling, safe streets, housing and other things in the area of Streetsblog?
Twelve of the Bay Area advocacy organizations joined forces and sent questionnaires to candidates in Alameda, San Francisco, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. They published the answers. From Seamless Bay Area, which hosts the results of the “Sustainable Transportation Candidate Questionnaire” on its webpage:
It was sent to hundreds of candidates in the San Francisco Bay Area in September 2022 so voters can be better informed.
This very first questionnaire received a huge response – 155 job applicants from 60 jurisdictions in 5 San Francisco Bay Area counties responded. Their responses are now available in this Google Drive link, sorted by county and jurisdiction. The data can also be downloaded as a spreadsheet here, should community groups wish to repost the responses on their websites or more easily compare responses from different candidates.
There were nine questions in total, but here are a few to get an idea of what they asked:
- What modes of transportation, including public transit and active transportation (cycling, walking, scooter, wheelchair), do you use regularly and for what types of trips?
- Transportation is the largest source of carbon emissions in California and the Bay Area, and the largest share of transportation emissions comes from single-occupant vehicles. In your opinion, what is the fastest and most cost-effective way to achieve a substantial reduction in transport-related GHG emissions? And if you are elected, what actions would you take to substantially reduce transport emissions?
- Traffic violence and deaths in California are increasing every year; in 2021, 4,258 people died in vehicle accidents, an increase of 10.7% compared to the previous year. If elected, what will you do to turn the tide, make the streets safer, save lives and reduce injuries in our community? Which specific policies or projects would have the greatest impact?
Before casting their ballots, voters should review the survey results and find out where each district’s candidates stand in terms of public transit, cycling infrastructure, and more.