Boston City Councilor District 5

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Ricardo Arroyo
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Maria Esdale Farrell
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Cecily Graham
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Justin Murad
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Alkia Powell
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Jean-Claude Sanon
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Mimi Turchinetz
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Yves Mary Jean
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About the Candidate

1. How do you move around your community and get to where you need to go?

2. What is a particularly dangerous problem or location in your community for people walking, biking, taking transit, or for people with disabilities that you'd like to see addressed?

3. Why do you think people who care about walking, biking, transit, and mobility issues should vote for you?

Ricardo Arroyo

Previously I owned a hybrid, now I do not have a car and rely on the MBTA and ride sharing.

Enneking Parkway near Alwin St. in front of the Georgetowne community, it is treated as a two lane highway and for members of Georgetowne who are crossing the street there is no crosswalk, at night the lighting is poor, this is one area.

I am dedicated to making transportation in District 5 work better for residents. I am an advocate for bus lanes and traffic calming measures, I am an advocate for bike lanes, and ensuring they are connected throughout the city, I believe that free fares for all is a just policy and will advocate for it. I also want to see public transportation within the district serve to move people around the district and not just out of it, for commuter rail fares to be adjusted and lowered. Finally I am a staunch advocate for ensuring all our transportation is accessible to people with disabilities.

Cecily Graham

In order to move around my community, I use a variety of transit modes. I am a driver, therefore this is my main mode of transportation to get to the market and laundromat. I also bike within a 2 mile radius for short trips, in addition to walking and the use of public transportation when visiting neighboring towns. Last but not least, I will utilize ride-share services if I have to be somewhere in a timely matter, especially if parking is not readily available at my destination. All of these modes are important because it is hard to depend on one to get around efficiently.

The most dangerous problem for our community is the lack of connected bike lanes. This forces cyclists to share the sidewalk with walkers, putting walkers at risk, in addition to sharing lanes with drivers putting themselves at risk. While there are some spaces to bike, they are more catered to exercise rather than commuting to and from our destinations. As for people with disabilities, we need to make our streets more accessible. While I applaud the MBTA for having accessible buses and trains, we need to build wider sidewalks for wheelchairs and install more walk signals around the district.

I think people who care about walking, biking, transit and mobility issues should vote for me because as a resident I have experienced the inequities, as I was almost hit by a car due to fact that bike lanes are nonexistent in certain parts of the district. As a city councilor it will be my priority to make our streets safe for every mode of transit; exploring strategies to slow down traffic, advocating for a more reliable public transit system and prioritizing walk-ability so that everyone can get to and from their destination efficiently.

Justin Murad

MBTA bus and Orange Line mostly

Improper sign usage and damaged roads that need to be updated and rebuilt

It brings them a sense of clean energy usage due to the issues brought by climate change

Mimi Turchinetz

I take the 32 Bus and the Orange Line when ever possible, I also have a car

Large sections of District 5 lack designated bike lanes, which greatly increases the danger for cyclists. For this reason, very few residents feel comfortable relying on biking to commute. I would like to see protected bike lanes through out the district. The public transit are limited throughout the District, and this is especially true for people with disabilities. The T line extending through the district is a commuter rail, and therefore has a higher fare cost per ride. Most residents with mobility issues have to rely on the bus system or The Ride.

I am committed to making Boston a more environmentally friendly and accessible city. Transportation is the number two cause of pollution in urban areas and I am committed to expanded bike lanes and improving public transportation across Boston. Too often, transit alternatives are not accessible to residents with mobility issues, but in order to shift away from high polluting transit it is vital we make alternatives fully accessible regardless of individual mobility limitations.

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Policy Proposals

1. How will you ensure implementation of the infrastructure changes needed to slow traffic on your community's streets, and improve crosswalks and intersections to make them safer for people who are walking and using mobility assistive devices?

2. How will you improve the reach, frequency, and quality of public transit in Boston?

3. How will you ensure fast-tracked implementation of a city-wide network of off-street paths and protected bike lanes on major thoroughfares and connecting streets that are safe and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities?

Ricardo Arroyo

I intend to be as hands on as the office allows. That means advocating on the ground level, and in the appropriate agencies, for the resources and attention the district requires. I am a believe in traffic calming and being creative in our solutions such as 3D crosswalks and other low cost measures that have been proven effective. The safety of residents is paramount and those with disabilities rely on us to get it right. It is for that reason I take the responsibility to use my office to advocate for these infrastructure changes personally.

By using my platform and the power of the office to advocate and push policy that improves the quality of public transit. I intend to push for bus lanes, an adjustment regarding the commuter rail zoning, and for more frequent services, as well as a return to late night service. I believe that if we want residents to use cars less, which is good for a whole host of reasons, it is imperative that we provide them with a better alternative and that requires improving services across the board.

I will work with the other members of the CIty Council and the appropriate agencies to ensure we do better by our bike riding community. I would like to see our bike lanes interconnected and will work in partnership with community and advocates to ensure that is done in a timely and appropriate manner.

Cecily Graham

As a city councilor of district 5, I would advocate for more walking signals to assist walkers and residents with disabilities. I would also ensure that the walk signals have audio installed for those who have sight issues when utilizing crosswalks. In addition to this, we should create more midblock crosswalks as this is a safer mode for pedestrians during hefty traffic hours. I would support widening our sidewalks for more space for people using mobility assistive devices and walkers to get around the district. Wider sidewalks would also help with slowing down traffic for our intersections. With these implementations, the infrastructure will not only be safer but more efficient for everyone, especially those who are most vulnerable getting around.

As a city councilor, I will improve the reach, frequency and quality of public transit in Boston by:
- Advocating for more government funding for energy efficient buses and trains.
- Support transitioning to an electric and solar powered system (trains and rails) that will save over 15 million in cost to operate.
- I would support funding to go towards more hires that will adequately divy out shifts to meet the demand of the city. No commuter should have to wait over 20 minutes for public transit. The services should reflect the schedule provided to commuters and not be a guessing game regardless of what time of day it is.
- I would bring back late night service for those who work late shifts.
- I would also advocate for more equitable funding for the upkeep of our bus and train stations across the city.

I will do this by first accessing the space that is available to create bike paths and lanes throughout the district. Once this is complete, I will ensure they are accessible and comfortable to all ages by leaning on the advice of community activist groups focused on mobility as they've spent a great deal of time doing the research on how we can do this efficiently. We can model the Neponset River Bike path, however I will also look to other neighboring cities who prove to be a great model of this, eg. Cambridge and Brighton. Overall, working collectively with the community will ensure all voices are heard and concerns about mobility will be met with solutions.

Justin Murad

I will work with various departments to ensure that the roads are fixed and have studies conducted to help curb traffic congestion and slow the speed that drivers use on side streets

By calling upon the MBTA to lower fares for residents of Boston and to update their trains and buses faster and more efficiently since many residents depend on that mode of transportation in their day to day life

I will make sure these projects are up to code and community approved. People live to have easy accessible and safe ways to move around their neighborhoods

Mimi Turchinetz

One of the biggest concerns I hear when talking to voters in District 5 is the lack of traffic safety enforcement. For years many neighborhoods have been asking for simple quality of line improvements such as speed bumps, and stop sign enforcement. I would first work with neighborhoods to increase both speed bumps and traffic enforcement.
We also need to look at the impact of new navigation technology on residential streets. Technology designed to avoid traffic has exacerbated existing problems in District 5. Navigation apps such as Wazee routinely reroute traffic down small residential streets, increasing congestion on streets designed for very light, residential traffic. I would propose a study that looks at shifts in traffic patterns due to new technology. 

District 5 needs access to affordable, accessible public transportation. First and foremost, I would work to have the Fairmont Line changed from a commuter rail to fares and regularity consistent with stations through out Boston. It is fundamentally unfair that residents who live within city limits are subject to higher fares and reduced services, and this contributes to the reduced use of public transportation among residents of District 5.

Bike safety experts agree that designated, protected bike lanes are critical to ensuring biker safety. As City Councilor I would not only push to expand bike lanes through out the city, but ensure that the bike lanes in question were designed to protect the lives and safety of bike riders. I also would work for greater traffic enforcement in identified high danger areas, and work with local bike activists to develop strategies for both short-term and long-term solutions for ensuring safety.

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Additional Questions

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Do you support:

1. Vision Zero

1. Vision Zero is an approach which aims to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries and has been adopted by Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, and many other cities across the country. Do you support the principles of Vision Zero policies and funding for their rapid implementation?

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2. State law allowing automated enforcement

2. One key strategy that has been proven to effectively reduce speeding, improve safety, and remove racial bias in traffic enforcement in other states and countries is automated enforcement (i.e. speed cameras and red light cameras). Do you support S.1376, An Act relative to automated enforcement, which if passed would authorize cities and towns in Massachusetts to opt into the use of automated enforcement? To see the full text of the bill, visit malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S1376

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3. Bike Network Plan

3. Do you support the implementation of improved bike facilities identified in your community’s Bike Network Plan or do you support the creation of a Bike Network Plan if none already exists?

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4. Age-friendly walking conditions

4. Do you support creating age-friendly walking conditions in your community -- an issue raised by many seniors as critical to their ability to 'age in community'? If yes, how?

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Ricardo Arroyo

Strongly Support

Neither Support nor Oppose*

Ricardo Arroyo

I would need to further research this issue, I attended law school in Chicago where red light cameras were implemented and used so I am aware of their use in other cities but would need to look into the data before forming an opinion to support or oppose.

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Strongly Support

Strongly Support*

Ricardo Arroyo

By addressing sidewalks, crosswalks, signal timing, pedestrian ramps, places to rest, and shade, expanding the use of audible crosswalk signals and in areas that make the most sense instituting longer walk times. I am also an advocate for using materials that are better for mobility in our crosswalk designs like rubber for example.

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Cecily Graham

Strongly Support

Strongly Support

Strongly Support

Strongly Support*

Cecily Graham

As stated previously, I support having more walk signals with audio as this will help to slow down traffic to lower the risks for walkers; having more midblock sidewalks for safety reasons during high traffic times. Also by prioritizing the upkeep of our sidewalks and crosswalks so that walkers and those who use mobile assisting devices can get around efficiently.

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Justin Murad

Somewhat Support

Strongly Support

Somewhat Support

Strongly Support*

Justin Murad

I will make sure areas where there are a high amount of senior residents that the roadways and sidewalks are up to code and do not impose danger to those living in the area.

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Mimi Turchinetz

Strongly Support

Somewhat Support*

Mimi Turchinetz

I am inclined to strongly support this strategy, but I would like to learn more about the cost, effectiveness and who is most impacted before implementing automated enforcement in Boston. It is important our City Council fully understand and look critically at the potential impact when implementing new policing strategies.

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Strongly Support

Strongly Support*

Mimi Turchinetz

I am deeply committed to working with residents to ensure that our friends and our family members are able to stay in the community. I work closely with your organization and the senior groups in my district to develop and implement age-friendly walking conditions.

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Do you support:

5. Restriction of parking for bus-only lanes

5. Do you support the restriction of on-street parking during rush hour in order to create dedicated bus lanes on certain major thoroughfares where bus riders experience significant delays due to traffic congestion?

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6. New revenue sources

6. Do you support exploring new ways of raising revenue to provide Boston with more tools to improve conditions for people walking, using mobility assistive devices, biking, and using public transit (e.g. increasing the gas tax, implementing congestion pricing, increasing fees on Uber/Lyft)? If yes, please give examples that interest you.

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7. Dynamic parking meter pricing

7. Do you support the rollout of dynamic parking meter pricing in business districts, which would increase meter rates during periods of increased demand, to free up on-street parking and reduce cars "cruising" for open spaces?

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8. Traffic signal timing that prioritizes people walking

8. Boston has many traffic signals that do not work well for pedestrians. Do you support making signal timing safer, easier, and more convenient for people walking and using mobility assistive devices at all paces?

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Ricardo Arroyo

Strongly Support

Strongly Support*

Ricardo Arroyo

Gas tax and increasing fees on Uber/Lyft

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Somewhat Support*

Ricardo Arroyo

I need to and intend to research how this can be implemented before taking a stronger position, though I lean towards support I would like to research it further.

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Strongly Support

 

Cecily Graham

Somewhat Support

Neither Support nor Oppose

Strongly Support

Strongly Support

 

Justin Murad

Strongly Support

Somewhat Support

Neither Support nor Oppose

Strongly Support

 

Mimi Turchinetz

Strongly Support

Strongly Support*

Mimi Turchinetz

I am interested in any new ways to raise revenue that incentivize environmentally responsible transit and disincentivizes vehicle usage. My only concern would be measures that shift the cost/burden onto vulnerable residents.

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Somewhat Support

Strongly Support

 

Do you support:

9. Charging for residential parking permits

9. Do you support charging an annual fee for residential parking permits?

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10. Reducing/ eliminating MBTA fares

10. Do you support reducing or eliminating MBTA fares for people with low income?

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11. Ensuring large-scale developments are walkable, resilient, green, and connected

11. Do you support ensuring large-scale developments (including Sullivan Square, the Allston I-90 Interchange, and Suffolk Downs) incorporate the community's desire for walkability, connectivity, open space, and resiliency?

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Ricardo Arroyo

Somewhat Support*

Ricardo Arroyo

I am supportive but do want to ensure that the process for waiver for financial hardship is as accessible and user friendly as possible before taking a stronger stance, I understand the current proposal does include language to this affect but my work as a Public Defender has made clear to me that those facing financial difficulties are often unable to access the services and waivers they are eligible for due to difficulty navigating bureaucracy, I would need to be satisfied the plan accounts for those residents in an inclusive manner before being a "strongly support".

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Strongly Support

Strongly Support

   

Cecily Graham

Strongly Support

Strongly Support

Strongly Support

   

Justin Murad

Somewhat Support

Strongly Support

Strongly Support

   

Mimi Turchinetz

Somewhat Support

Strongly Support

Strongly Support

   

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About the Candidate

1. How do you move around your community and get to where you need to go?
Ricardo Arroyo
Previously I owned a hybrid, now I do not have a car and rely on the MBTA and ride sharing.
Cecily Graham
In order to move around my community, I use a variety of transit modes. I am a driver, therefore this is my main mode of transportation to get to the market and laundromat. I also bike within a 2 mile radius for short trips, in addition to walking and the use of public transportation when visiting neighboring towns. Last but not least, I will utilize ride-share services if I have to be somewhere in a timely matter, especially if parking is not readily available at my destination. All of these modes are important because it is hard to depend on one to get around efficiently.
Justin Murad
MBTA bus and Orange Line mostly
Mimi Turchinetz
I take the 32 Bus and the Orange Line when ever possible, I also have a car
2. What is a particularly dangerous problem or location in your community for people walking, biking, taking transit, or for people with disabilities that you’d like to see addressed?
Ricardo Arroyo
Enneking Parkway near Alwin St. in front of the Georgetowne community, it is treated as a two lane highway and for members of Georgetowne who are crossing the street there is no crosswalk, at night the lighting is poor, this is one area.
Cecily Graham
The most dangerous problem for our community is the lack of connected bike lanes. This forces cyclists to share the sidewalk with walkers, putting walkers at risk, in addition to sharing lanes with drivers putting themselves at risk. While there are some spaces to bike, they are more catered to exercise rather than commuting to and from our destinations. As for people with disabilities, we need to make our streets more accessible. While I applaud the MBTA for having accessible buses and trains, we need to build wider sidewalks for wheelchairs and install more walk signals around the district.
Justin Murad
Improper sign usage and damaged roads that need to be updated and rebuilt
Mimi Turchinetz
Large sections of District 5 lack designated bike lanes, which greatly increases the danger for cyclists. For this reason, very few residents feel comfortable relying on biking to commute. I would like to see protected bike lanes through out the district. The public transit are limited throughout the District, and this is especially true for people with disabilities. The T line extending through the district is a commuter rail, and therefore has a higher fare cost per ride. Most residents with mobility issues have to rely on the bus system or The Ride.
3. Why do you think people who care about walking, biking, transit, and mobility issues should vote for you?
Ricardo Arroyo
I am dedicated to making transportation in District 5 work better for residents. I am an advocate for bus lanes and traffic calming measures, I am an advocate for bike lanes, and ensuring they are connected throughout the city, I believe that free fares for all is a just policy and will advocate for it. I also want to see public transportation within the district serve to move people around the district and not just out of it, for commuter rail fares to be adjusted and lowered. Finally I am a staunch advocate for ensuring all our transportation is accessible to people with disabilities.
Cecily Graham
I think people who care about walking, biking, transit and mobility issues should vote for me because as a resident I have experienced the inequities, as I was almost hit by a car due to fact that bike lanes are nonexistent in certain parts of the district. As a city councilor it will be my priority to make our streets safe for every mode of transit; exploring strategies to slow down traffic, advocating for a more reliable public transit system and prioritizing walk-ability so that everyone can get to and from their destination efficiently.
Justin Murad
It brings them a sense of clean energy usage due to the issues brought by climate change
Mimi Turchinetz
I am committed to making Boston a more environmentally friendly and accessible city. Transportation is the number two cause of pollution in urban areas and I am committed to expanded bike lanes and improving public transportation across Boston. Too often, transit alternatives are not accessible to residents with mobility issues, but in order to shift away from high polluting transit it is vital we make alternatives fully accessible regardless of individual mobility limitations.

Policy Proposals

1. How will you ensure implementation of the infrastructure changes needed to slow traffic on your community’s streets, and improve crosswalks and intersections to make them safer for people who are walking and using mobility assistive devices?
Ricardo Arroyo
I intend to be as hands on as the office allows. That means advocating on the ground level, and in the appropriate agencies, for the resources and attention the district requires. I am a believe in traffic calming and being creative in our solutions such as 3D crosswalks and other low cost measures that have been proven effective. The safety of residents is paramount and those with disabilities rely on us to get it right. It is for that reason I take the responsibility to use my office to advocate for these infrastructure changes personally.
Cecily Graham
As a city councilor of district 5, I would advocate for more walking signals to assist walkers and residents with disabilities. I would also ensure that the walk signals have audio installed for those who have sight issues when utilizing crosswalks. In addition to this, we should create more midblock crosswalks as this is a safer mode for pedestrians during hefty traffic hours. I would support widening our sidewalks for more space for people using mobility assistive devices and walkers to get around the district. Wider sidewalks would also help with slowing down traffic for our intersections. With these implementations, the infrastructure will not only be safer but more efficient for everyone, especially those who are most vulnerable getting around.
Justin Murad
I will work with various departments to ensure that the roads are fixed and have studies conducted to help curb traffic congestion and slow the speed that drivers use on side streets
Mimi Turchinetz
"One of the biggest concerns I hear when talking to voters in District 5 is the lack of traffic safety enforcement. For years many neighborhoods have been asking for simple quality of line improvements such as speed bumps, and stop sign enforcement. I would first work with neighborhoods to increase both speed bumps and traffic enforcement. We also need to look at the impact of new navigation technology on residential streets. Technology designed to avoid traffic has exacerbated existing problems in District 5. Navigation apps such as Wazee routinely reroute traffic down small residential streets, increasing congestion on streets designed for very light, residential traffic. I would propose a study that looks at shifts in traffic patterns due to new technology. "
2. How will you improve the reach, frequency, and quality of public transit in Boston?
Ricardo Arroyo
By using my platform and the power of the office to advocate and push policy that improves the quality of public transit. I intend to push for bus lanes, an adjustment regarding the commuter rail zoning, and for more frequent services, as well as a return to late night service. I believe that if we want residents to use cars less, which is good for a whole host of reasons, it is imperative that we provide them with a better alternative and that requires improving services across the board.
Cecily Graham
"As a city councilor, I will improve the reach, frequency and quality of public transit in Boston by: - Advocating for more government funding for energy efficient buses and trains. - Support transitioning to an electric and solar powered system (trains and rails) that will save over 15 million in cost to operate. - I would support funding to go towards more hires that will adequately divy out shifts to meet the demand of the city. No commuter should have to wait over 20 minutes for public transit. The services should reflect the schedule provided to commuters and not be a guessing game regardless of what time of day it is. - I would bring back late night service for those who work late shifts. - I would also advocate for more equitable funding for the upkeep of our bus and train stations across the city."
Justin Murad
By calling upon the MBTA to lower fares for residents of Boston and to update their trains and buses faster and more efficiently since many residents depend on that mode of transportation in their day to day life
Mimi Turchinetz
District 5 needs access to affordable, accessible public transportation. First and foremost, I would work to have the Fairmont Line changed from a commuter rail to fares and regularity consistent with stations through out Boston. It is fundamentally unfair that residents who live within city limits are subject to higher fares and reduced services, and this contributes to the reduced use of public transportation among residents of District 5.
3. How will you ensure fast-tracked implementation of a city-wide network of off-street paths and protected bike lanes on major thoroughfares and connecting streets that are safe and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities?
Ricardo Arroyo
I will work with the other members of the CIty Council and the appropriate agencies to ensure we do better by our bike riding community. I would like to see our bike lanes interconnected and will work in partnership with community and advocates to ensure that is done in a timely and appropriate manner.
Cecily Graham
I will do this by first accessing the space that is available to create bike paths and lanes throughout the district. Once this is complete, I will ensure they are accessible and comfortable to all ages by leaning on the advice of community activist groups focused on mobility as they've spent a great deal of time doing the research on how we can do this efficiently. We can model the Neponset River Bike path, however I will also look to other neighboring cities who prove to be a great model of this, eg. Cambridge and Brighton. Overall, working collectively with the community will ensure all voices are heard and concerns about mobility will be met with solutions.
Justin Murad
I will make sure these projects are up to code and community approved. People live to have easy accessible and safe ways to move around their neighborhoods
Mimi Turchinetz
Bike safety experts agree that designated, protected bike lanes are critical to ensuring biker safety. As City Councilor I would not only push to expand bike lanes through out the city, but ensure that the bike lanes in question were designed to protect the lives and safety of bike riders. I also would work for greater traffic enforcement in identified high danger areas, and work with local bike activists to develop strategies for both short-term and long-term solutions for ensuring safety.

Additional Questions

1. Vision Zero is an approach which aims to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries and has been adopted by Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, and many other cities across the country. Do you support the principles of Vision Zero policies and funding for their rapid implementation?
Ricardo Arroyo
Strongly Support
Cecily Graham
Strongly Support
Justin Murad
Somewhat Support
Mimi Turchinetz
Strongly Support
2. One key strategy that has been proven to effectively reduce speeding, improve safety, and remove racial bias in traffic enforcement in other states and countries is automated enforcement (i.e. speed cameras and red light cameras). Do you support S.1376, An Act relative to automated enforcement, which if passed would authorize cities and towns in Massachusetts to opt into the use of automated enforcement? To see the full text of the bill, go here.
Ricardo Arroyo
Neither Support nor Oppose
I would need to further research this issue, I attended law school in Chicago where red light cameras were implemented and used so I am aware of their use in other cities but would need to look into the data before forming an opinion to support or oppose.
Cecily Graham
Strongly Support
Justin Murad
Strongly Support
Mimi Turchinetz
Somewhat Support
I am inclined to strongly support this strategy, but I would like to learn more about the cost, effectiveness and who is most impacted before implementing automated enforcement in Boston. It is important our City Council fully understand and look critically at the potential impact when implementing new policing strategies.
3. Do you support implementation of all of the Better Bike Corridors and other bike projects in the Go Boston 2030 Plan, and making sure all short-term projects are planned and implemented within three years, and long-term projects are implemented by or before 2030?
Ricardo Arroyo
Strongly Support
Cecily Graham
Strongly Support
Justin Murad
Somewhat Support
Mimi Turchinetz
Strongly Support
4. Do you support creating age-friendly walking conditions in your community -- an issue raised by many seniors as critical to their ability to “age in community”? If yes, how?
Ricardo Arroyo
Strongly Support
By addressing sidewalks, crosswalks, signal timing, pedestrian ramps, places to rest, and shade, expanding the use of audible crosswalk signals and in areas that make the most sense instituting longer walk times. I am also an advocate for using materials that are better for mobility in our crosswalk designs like rubber for example.
Cecily Graham
Strongly Support
As stated previously, I support having more walk signals with audio as this will help to slow down traffic to lower the risks for walkers; having more midblock sidewalks for safety reasons during high traffic times. Also by prioritizing the upkeep of our sidewalks and crosswalks so that walkers and those who use mobile assisting devices can get around efficiently.
Justin Murad
Strongly Support
I will make sure areas where there are a high amount of senior residents that the roadways and sidewalks are up to code and do not impose danger to those living in the area.
Mimi Turchinetz
Strongly Support
I am deeply committed to working with residents to ensure that our friends and our family members are able to stay in the community. I work closely with your organization and the senior groups in my district to develop and implement age-friendly walking conditions.
5. Do you support the restriction of on-street parking during rush hour in order to create dedicated bus lanes on certain major thoroughfares where bus riders experience significant delays due to traffic congestion?
Ricardo Arroyo
Strongly Support
Cecily Graham
Somewhat Support
Justin Murad
Strongly Support
Mimi Turchinetz
Strongly Support
6. Do you support exploring new ways of raising revenue to provide Boston with more tools to improve conditions for people walking, using mobility assistive devices, biking, and using public transit (e.g. increasing the gas tax, implementing congestion pricing, increasing fees on Uber/Lyft)? If yes, please give examples that interest you.
Ricardo Arroyo
Strongly Support
Gas tax and increasing fees on Uber/Lyft
Cecily Graham
Neither Support nor Oppose
Justin Murad
Somewhat Support
Mimi Turchinetz
Strongly Support
I am interested in any new ways to raise revenue that incentivize environmentally responsible transit and disincentivizes vehicle usage. My only concern would be measures that shift the cost/burden onto vulnerable residents.
7. Do you support the rollout of dynamic parking meter pricing in business districts, which would increase meter rates during periods of increased demand, to free up on-street parking and reduce cars “cruising” for open spaces?
Ricardo Arroyo
Somewhat Support
I need to and intend to research how this can be implemented before taking a stronger position, though I lean towards support I would like to research it further.
Cecily Graham
Strongly Support
Justin Murad
Neither Support nor Oppose
Mimi Turchinetz
Somewhat Support
8. Boston has many traffic signals that do not work well for pedestrians. Do you support making signal timing safer, easier, and more convenient for people walking and using mobility assistive devices at all paces?
Ricardo Arroyo
Strongly Support
Cecily Graham
Strongly Support
Justin Murad
Strongly Support
Mimi Turchinetz
Strongly Support
9. Do you support charging an annual fee for residential parking permits?
Ricardo Arroyo
Somewhat Support
I am supportive but do want to ensure that the process for waiver for financial hardship is as accessible and user friendly as possible before taking a stronger stance, I understand the current proposal does include language to this affect but my work as a Public Defender has made clear to me that those facing financial difficulties are often unable to access the services and waivers they are eligible for due to difficulty navigating bureaucracy, I would need to be satisfied the plan accounts for those residents in an inclusive manner before being a "strongly support".
Cecily Graham
Strongly Support
Justin Murad
Somewhat Support
Mimi Turchinetz
Somewhat Support
10. Do you support reducing or eliminating MBTA fares for people with low income?
Ricardo Arroyo
Strongly Support
Cecily Graham
Strongly Support
Justin Murad
Strongly Support
Mimi Turchinetz
Strongly Support
11. Do you support ensuring large-scale developments (including Sullivan Square, the Allston I-90 Interchange, and Suffolk Downs) incorporate the community's desire for walkability, connectivity, open space, and resiliency?
Ricardo Arroyo
Strongly Support
Cecily Graham
Strongly Support
Justin Murad
Strongly Support
Mimi Turchinetz
Strongly Support