Steve Kozachik Survey Response


1. What roles do you think city council can play in making cities safe, accessible and friendly for biking and walking? Advocate for funding services dedicated to roadway amenities that reflect Biking/Pedestrian modes- We have created the Ped Citizen’s committee- 1st mtg was last week- For 2 yrs I’ve been leading the fight to engage rational design of RTA ­­­­project Broadway-Grant/Soon 22nd


2. In what ways can enhanced bicycling and walking facilities and opportunities benefit your ward and the city as a whole? Are there any specific projects that you’d like to see accomplished? Ward 6 includes the U of A and surrounding historic neighborhoods.  Getting students out of cars & onto bikes makes those neighborhoods safer-cleaner (air) & healthier life style development for students. Projects-Bike Blvd’s along streetcar corridor.

3. In just about every neighborhood throughout the city, one of the top concerns is drivers driving too fast, aggressively, and not yielding to pedestrians. What ideas do you have to calm traffic and make our neighborhoods safer and more comfortable in which to walk and bike? Feel free to talk about particular problem spots in your district. Constant theme of conversation in Ward 6- Bump outs/traffic circles/speed bumps/ identified bike lanes & continuing the work we’ve begun on the cross town bike paths.

4. Given that the average person in Arizona age 16 to 34 drove 20%  fewer miles in 2009 than in 2001 and that people in that age group rode 40% more miles on public transit and took 20% more bike trips in that same time[1], what specific ideas do you have to make active transportation options like biking, walking, and public transit more efficient, convenient and appealing? Consider the creative design proposals I’ve been advocating or Broadway- We don’t incentivize alternate modes by building a 150’ asphalt roadway. Dedicated bike/transit lanes will have to be a part of that eventual project design/template for other road projects.

5. What do you think is the number one risk to walkers and bicyclists both in your ward and the city as a whole? What have you done/will you do as an elected official to remedy it? Drivers simply not paying attention while behind the wheel- I led the fight for us to adopt a local texting-while-driving ban.

6. Why do you think people who care about bicycling and walking issues and are interested in improving Tucson’s quality of life should vote for you and how can we help you reach those people with your message? Because they see me leading by example- 122,000 miles on my bike/20,000 miles on my car (both 1987 models) Run 10-15 miles P/day- walk to work. Walking the talk. How can you help? Blast the word out via your list serve.

7. Cities across the U.S. are in similar positions as Tucson with regard to budget shortfalls and public transit systems. Raising fares and cutting service are often the first tools cities use to correct their budgets, but some communities are turning their public transit systems into revenue generating assets with creative public/private partnerships[2]. What specific ideas do you have to increase choice ridership on Sun Tran? That question is asking how we change the culture in Tucson- we’re in the process of a comprehensive operational analysis that will guide that answer.  It will take a strategic allocation of our limited resources to where that COA shows latent demand-  I don’t pretend to have that answer, & the COA may not give it either. Ours is a system that relies on 47% economy riders- that may be our reality until we’re more successful in building the density along the streetcar corridor- & downtown- that is needed to lure people our of their cars.

8. Given the success the Modern Streetcar has already achieved in economic development and smart growth goals, are you supportive of efforts to extend the route to other areas of the city to spur similar positive results? Do you support the idea of a local improvement district, spearheaded by local businesses, as a finding source for expansions and ongoing operations? Elaborate. Extending is a function of the proposed route (needs development potential) & how we manage the O&M costs on the first 4 miles.  I want to tackle the first segment and responsible growth before taking that next step. Learn first- then engagement.

9. Do you use a bicycle (or walk) in the city? If so, for what purposes (commuting, recreation, errands) and how often? Yes- Daily/Commuting & exercise.

[1] See Becky Pallack’s Younger Arizonans drive less, bike more, according to report, Arizona Daily Star, April 6, 2012 and USPIRG Report: 21st Century
[2] See Eric Jaffe’s How to Fund Transit Without Raising Fares or Cutting Transit, The Atlantic Cities, July 18, 2013