2019 General Election: BIKE WALK VOTE CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE SURVEY – DISTRICT 9

City Council District 9 Candidates respond to biking and walking issues

Since 2009, BikePGH has been educating our members and facebook and twitter followers on how committed the candidates are to improving your experience and safety while biking and walking.

We’ve collected questionnaires from nearly every City Council candidate for the upcoming general election in November. If you are unsure what district you live in, please see the City’s website. You can also find your polling location here. You must be registered in order to vote.

BikePGH is not allowed to endorse candidates. Answers have been lightly edited for formatting, otherwise these are their words.

Bike Walk Vote the General Election on Tuesday, November 5.

District 9 Candidates

Councilperson Rev. Ricky Burgess 

Barbara Daniels

Randall Taylor

Bernadette DeNeice Welch


Questions/Answers


Question 1: WHAT ROLES DO YOU THINK CITY COUNCIL CAN PLAY IN MAKING CITIES SAFE, ACCESSIBLE AND FRIENDLY FOR RESIDENTS TO WALK AND BIKE?

Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess: City Council should ensure that the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure has the budgetary resources and the legislative support to complete and implement the City’s Complete Streets plan, and work to amend the Zoning Code to shift toward more dense residential and commercial development.

Barbara Daniels: No response 

Randall Taylor: No response 

Bernadette DeNeice Welch: No response 


Question 2: WE’D LIKE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE EXPANDING BIKE LANE NETWORK OVER THE PAST DECADE. WHAT’S WORKING? WHERE CAN THE CITY IMPROVE?

Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess: Expanding the bike network requires better coordination between the advocates and especially the residents of low- and moderate-income neighborhoods to prevent the impression some residents have that the installation of bike lanes is about potential future residents of their neighborhoods and not them.

Barbara Daniels: No response 

Randall Taylor: No response 

Bernadette DeNeice Welch: No response 


Question 3: WHAT ARE YOUR IMPRESSIONS OF THE OPENSTREETSPGH PROGRAMMING? ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE TO SEE IMPROVED?

Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess: I thought OpenStreets Pittsburgh 2018 was well done, despite my initial reservations. As long as we can avoid Sundays, I support OpenStreets Pittsburgh.

Barbara Daniels: No response 

Randall Taylor: No response 

Bernadette DeNeice Welch: No response 


Question 4: WHAT’S A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS PROBLEM OR LOCATION IN YOUR DISTRICT FOR WALKERS, BIKERS, OR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES THAT YOU’D LIKE TO SEE ADDRESSED?

Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess:Lincoln Avenue at Frankstown Avenue, Frankstown Avenue at East Liberty Blvd., Frankstown Avenue at Bennett Street, Penn and Fifth Avenues and Penn Avenue at Dallas Avenue are all high-vehicle-traffic intersections in need of traffic calming for the benefit of BOTH bicyclists AND pedestrians.

Barbara Daniels: No response 

Randall Taylor: No response 

Bernadette DeNeice Welch: No response 


Question 5: IN CONCLUSION, WHY DO YOU THINK PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT WALKING AND BICYCLING ISSUES SHOULD VOTE FOR YOU?

Councilman Rev. Ricky BurgessBecause I am acutely aware that I represent the Council District with the lowest rate of automobile ownership in the City and I have fought for 12 years to deliver the resources to rebuild these neighborhoods to make them safer for the residents, to build housing they can afford to live in on and near all of the major transit facilities, and I look forward to continuing that crucial work.

Barbara Daniels: No response 

Randall Taylor: No response 

Bernadette DeNeice Welch: No response 


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