In 2014, 88 people died in San Diego County after they were hit by cars while walking in our city. These deaths are avoidable, and it is completely unacceptable that we have not taken more aggressive action to create livable streets. I will fight for a network of barriered bike lanes and covered biking parking areas. I will fight for pedestrian overpasses over major roads, instead of dangerous crosswalks. I will fight to create plans and funding for a subterranean light rail system. We can avoid all street moralities of pedestrians and bicyclists, and should make that a priority.
Unfortunately, San Diego’s public transit infrastructure lags behind our population growth. Here in Mission Valley, there are many areas where there simply are not ways to reliably and safely access bus lines and other public transit. This leaves people dependent on their cars, which is bad for the environment and contributes to the frustrating congestion on our highways and major roads throughout the county. Reliance on cars also has a disproportionate impact on low-income residents. To address these issue, I would lobby SANDAG and MTS for increased bus stops and increased frequency in Transit Priority Areas.