Windsor City Council Candidates 2020

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition cannot endorse candidates for public office, but we are able to share information so that you can arrive at your own conclusion. Below are Windsor City Council candidates’ responses to our questionnaire on bicycling in Sonoma County. We have made no content changes. Thanks to the candidates for their time and thoughtful answers!

 Note: None of the candidates below are current members of the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition; Deb Fudge was a founding Board member and Dominic Foppoli is a recent donor.


DOMINIC FOPPOLI
Has not submitted a statement


DEB FUDGE

Do you ride a bicycle in Sonoma County for transportation or recreation? How would you characterize the experience of cycling in your city?

I ride a bicycle for recreation. I have two bikes – a road bike that Ive ridden across 10 states and in two countries, and I also have a town bike for in town riding with baskets for groceries.

We’ve done well in Windsor with creating bike lanes and plans for future separated lanes.  We were the first city in Sonoma County to paint green bike lanes – that was my pet project.  We have narrowed streets with striping, and we have an engineered plan for both a separated bike lane between the  east and west sides under our central 101 overpass, as well as an over crossing from the east to west sides.  We will have funding for the underpass lanes sooner than later.

I’ve personally trained our Public Works staff to create safer cycling lanes upfront on their own as road projects are bought to council – and they do now.

We also have 2 roundabouts in town and are building a third roundabout at our downtown SMART train station.  Construction has already started.  As well, I got a developer to contribute $350k forward the SMART MUP in front of his project and then an additional 600 ft to our intersection where the train station is.

What are your city’s biggest transportation challenges, and how does bicycling fit into your vision of future development?

Our transportation challenges are weekday mornings and evenings during school commute times, and also during our Thursday night concerts.  We have a very successful town-staffed bike valet program for the concerts, where typically we have 100 bikes. I’d love to see more.  We are planning to provide free “rental” concert chairs to those who drop off their bikes to encourage more cycling to the event.

We are working on making cycling to school more safe so more kids ride and don’t need to be driven. See my comments above about our central 101 under and overdressing plans.

We also have some narrow bike lanes at bridges along Old Redwood Highway and we have applied for grants to fix those situations.

If elected, what will you do to encourage more people in your city to bicycle and to improve cycling safety?

YES.

Our dreams and goals generally exceed our budgets. How does improving bicycling infrastructure and safety rank against your other policy priorities?

Like I said, our Public Works and also Planning staffs understand the Town Council’s policies in our General Plan and Bike and Trails plan to continually improve our cycling infrastructure without having to be directed by Councilmembers at every turn. And they do that now.  We add cycling improvements to road projects and have our federal lobbyists helping us with funding for our overcrossing project.


JEFFREY LEASURE
Has not submitted a statement


TANYA POTTER

Do you ride a bicycle in Sonoma County for transportation or recreation? How would you characterize the experience of cycling in your city?

I ride a bike for recreation when I can find a location where I feel very safe to do so. I, however, am married to an avid cyclist who spends a great deal of time on his bicycle and he has described the Town of Windsor as one of the safer cities to cycle in Sonoma County. Additionally, my children have cycled to school over the years and within the Town of Windsor, and I believe there is still room for improvement to ensure young riders are safe within the town limits as they ride. At this time, the Town Green offers bicycle repair tool stations to help bicyclist repair their bikes on the go and encourages residents to ride their bicycles at the Town Green. So while Windsor is a bike friendly town, there are ways to ensure it is more bike friendly.

What are your city’s biggest transportation challenges, and how does bicycling fit into your vision of future development?

The Town of Windsor is currently experiencing a significant amount of road construction at the intersection of Windsor Rd. at Windsor River Rd. This construction has impacted transportation over the past several months with road closures and changes to the roadways, roadway markings and addition of new railroad tracks. This construction has impacted bike riders as well as created a roadway with increased dangers for bike riders (gravel, potentially sharp debris, detours, road closures). Another transportation challenge is the anticipation of significantly higher volumes of vehicle trips into the town from surrounding neighbors who are experiencing increases in population. My vision for the future is to work specifically to increase bicycle lanes for those roads entering into the Town from high populated neighborhoods, such as Windsor River Rd. and Starr Rd. Windsor is a perfect sized town for a bicycle ride to a local restaurant or brewery, bicycle parking options should be increased as well to encourage bicycle transportation within the town.

If elected, what will you do to encourage more people in your city to bicycle and to improve cycling safety?

I am currently the volunteer coordinator for the Tour de Fuzz bicycle race here in Sonoma County. If elected, I would encourage and welcome cycling events to be held in our town. In addition, I would work with our schools (when re-opened) to encourage and teach bicycle safety and hopefully increase their, “Walk and Roll to School,” days to twice per week. Early encouragement of bicycle riding leads to a lifelong healthy habit for continued bicycle riding.

Our dreams and goals generally exceed our budgets. How does improving bicycling infrastructure and safety rank against your other policy priorities?

As I mentioned before, my most valued person is out riding a bicycle around Sonoma County regularly, and I have supported one of the most popular Sonoma County cycling events for the last 5 years, bicycle safety is extremely important to me. If elected, I look forward to working with the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition to improve safety within the Town of Windsor and encourage more local bicycle riding in Windsor.


ROSA REYNOZA

Do you ride a bicycle in Sonoma County for transportation or recreation? How would you characterize the experience of cycling in your city?
I do not ride a bicycle, growing up in Windsor with five sisters we all shared one bike. In my twenties I did some mountain biking for about two years and really enjoyed that experience. Today I have three children under the age of 20 that ride bikes occasionally around town.

What are your city’s biggest transportation challenges, and how does bicycling fit into your vision of future development?
The Town of Windsor has had an increase in traffic over the past 4 years. Getting from one side of town to the other has doubled in time from what I have experienced. One of the busiest times for traffic is at the start and end of school hours. I have heard parents say that they do not feel comfortable letting their kids ride a bike to school. Improving and creating more safe routes to school is one of my goals.

I would like to make sure that any new developments are bicycle friendly, especially apartments, they need to have adequate parking for bicycles. I have even suggested to the current Town Council that one of the parcels that is owned by us to be designed to be a non-vehicle residence. I am embarrassed to say that I was laughed at by a few council members. We need to think outside the box if we are going to make an impact.

If elected, what will you do to encourage more people in your city to bicycle and to improve cycling safety?
When elected I will request the Town to have a fleet of bicycles so that employees can use them to run errands. The Town has various buildings that we should be able to show by example that traveling from one building to another can easily be done on a bicycle. We need to lead by example.

We should also paint more of our bike lanes green with a regular sweeping service going through town to make sure there is minimal to no debris on them.

Our dreams and goals generally exceed our budgets. How does improving bicycling infrastructure and safety rank against your other policy priorities?

We need to make the issues with Global Warming a top priority. Getting people out of their cars, especially for a small town, should be a top priority every year. Getting a bicycle and pedestrian overpass and improving the Shiloh overpass to include safe bicycle path are both a high priority. Grants will make this possible. Our community voices should keep it in the forefront of our leaders minds.


SAM SALMON

Do you ride a bicycle in Sonoma County for transportation or recreation? How would you characterize the experience of cycling in your city?

I ride occasionally. Always to the Town Green Thursday Nights and to Town Hall for meetings and general business. I do my light grocery shopping. Biking is a means to reduce my carbon footprint. Windsor promotes biking. I continue to be hopeful that we can dramatically improve bike lanes and bike safety on Old Redwood Highway. I enjoy my interactions with bicyclists, with a wave, acknowledgement and/or smile.

 

 

What are your city’s biggest transportation challenges, and how does bicycling fit into your vision of future development?

From my very beginnings on the Windsor Council, can I believe in 1994!, I have advanced the principle of Smart Growth, beginning with a platform of “Stopping Sprawl and Saving Open Space” . This concept is now being advanced through New Urbanism. I regularly attend the Congress. Biking, walking, taking transit, any mode other than the single occupancy vehicle is the preference. The challenge is getting people out of their car or truck and out on the street that is accommodating to a new beginning.

 

 

If elected, what will you do to encourage more people in your city to bicycle and to improve cycling safety?

To encourage people to bike, walk and recreate, I have always attempted to make the experience more enjoyable and welcoming. Windsor’s main Hwy 101 underpass has tremendous potential to encourage rather than as now, discouraging walking and biking. It could be made much more inviting. We did take down some of the chain link fencing but more can be accomplished. We have a promenade visioned for the area between our two carbon stations, Shell and Chevron, which is a project that could be accomplished even in this tough budget times.

 

 

Our dreams and goals generally exceed our budgets. How does improving bicycling infrastructure and safety rank against your other policy priorities?

I treat money being spent on bike and ped projects as part of the bigger picture of reducing green house gases, promoting health and building community. Investments in these sectors are a priority. It is incumbent on everyone to get the best result when spending public funds and this means a lot of thought must go into it and maybe not everyone is happy with decisions. I try to do the best I can.