Living up to our city’s promise requires that our streets welcome everyone, no matter how we travel.
But for decades, the City has built streets that leave a lot of people behind. They prioritize people driving through our neighborhoods over those of us who live here. It is still too dangerous and uncomfortable to walk, bike and take transit in our city, and that pushes people to drive more, increasing congestion, pollution and climate change.
We are getting a Southwest LRT line that misses the major population centers in southwest Minneapolis, and that co-locates freight rail and LRT in the Kenilworth corridor. We are making painfully slow progress towards building out a functional 21st century transit network. After 20 years, it still takes twice as long to bus from most Ward 7 neighborhoods to downtown as it does to drive.
Time and time again, the current council member has sided with a small number of powerful insiders who oppose transit, bike infrastructure, and quality public spaces, over the people who live in our neighborhoods. The current council member failed to avert the bad outcome on Southwest LRT. She left the negotiations to others, didn’t do the work to ensure a positive result for Ward 7 neighborhoods, and ultimately cast a symbolic vote against the project. That’s not leadership.
As one of the founders of Our Streets Minneapolis (formerly the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition), I have worked to make our streets safer and more inviting for all. And as a regular transit rider, pedestrian and bicyclist, I understand firsthand the progress that we need to make.
As council member, I will work to build safe, vibrant streets for everyone, by:
- Right-sizing our streets to create places where people love to linger, and to offer real transportation choices
- Creating corridors of beauty connecting key institutions and destinations, especially in downtown
- Being personally and proactively engaged in all transit projects that affect Ward 7
- Showing up to fight for the agreements we need to ensure that our transit vision is implemented fairly—unlike co-location in Kenilworth
- Building better walking and biking routes to serve every part of the city
- Fixing our zoning rules so that new buildings add interest and activity to our streets.