Monday, March 4, 2019

Responses to 2019 Burlington, VT Active Transportation Candidate Survey

Recently Our Streets sent all 2019 candidates for Burlington, VT City Council a short survey on the topic of active transportation.

We are pleased to present the results of all responses received. Links to the list of races is also on the right navigation bar; clicking these links will bring you to the responses for the candidates in these specific races.

If the candidate made additional comments there is a link to their longer commentary. Some candidates chose not to participate (marked by "?" for all questions in the results).

Please keep these responses in mind while choosing who will get your vote on Town Meeting Day, Tuesday March 5.  Polling Places can be found here.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

2019 Survey Requests Have Been Sent

The 2019 Survey Requests have been sent to all City Council candidates. All responses received by February 23rd will be posted on this site no later than midnight February 24th, 2019. We look forward to seeing what all the candidates have to say!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Our Streets 2018 Burlington Mayoral and City Council Endorsements

Burlington, VT - February 28, 2018

Our Streets - an organization committed to a more walkable and bikeable city - endorses 8 candidates in the 2018 election for Burlington Mayor and City Council on town meeting day. The non-partisan Burlington-based group has released the results of a comprehensive survey along with the slate of the endorsed candidates.

"It’s time to elect City Councilors committed to a safer and more walkable and bikeable Burlington” said Our Streets member RJ Lalumiere. “My family gets around the city many different ways; walking, biking, taking the bus and driving. And we want to make sure our City government is helping to make all our trips safe and convenient regardless of how we choose to go."

This is specifically a single issue endorsement based solely on active transportation policy. Other policy considerations may also factor in to who one chooses to vote for.

Based on the results of our candidate survey and other information (including public comments and incumbents' past voting records) the group has voted to endorse the following candidates.


Mayor: Miro Weinberger
Ward 1 City Council: Sharon Foley Bushor
Ward 2 City Council: Max Tracy
Ward 3 City Council: Elizabeth “Lizzie” Haskell
Ward 4 City Council: No endorsement
Ward 5 City Council: Jesse Warren
Ward 6 City Council: Karen Paul
Ward 7 City Council: Ali Dieng
Ward 8 City Council: JF Carter Neubieser


Our Streets is a group of Burlington, VT citizens owners who believe that walking and biking should be a safe and attractive transportation choice for people of all ages and abilities now. We support candidates who are committed to immediately improving pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure through a more balanced and equitable allocation of space within the City’s rights-of-way. We are dedicated to electing public officials who champion safe, complete and livable streets throughout the City. This is the second candidate survey and endorsement cycle completed by Our Streets.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Our Streets Announces 2015 Endorsements


Our Streets – an organization committed to a more walkable/bikeable city endorses 12 candidates in the 2015 March election for Mayor and City Council. The non-partisan Burlington-based group has released the results of a comprehensive survey along with the slate of the endorsed candidates.

Our Streets member Julie Campoli said: “For 20 years, the City of Burlington, through its official documents, has stated and restated the importance of increasing transportation options. Accompanying the declarations have been many pledges to improve pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. Yet little progress has been made in creating a safe and comfortable environment for pedestrians and bicyclists. After 20 years of rhetoric, most Burlington streets are still designed for cars,” Campoli said. “It’s time to reclaim them. Our streets are for everyone.”

"It’s time to elect City Councilors committed to a safer and more walkable/bikeable Burlington” said Our Streets member RJ Lalumiere. “My family gets around the city many different ways. And we want to make sure our City government is helping to make all our trips safe and convenient."


"Collisions between people on foot or on bikes are mostly caused by singular street design. Over the past 50 years our streets have been reconfigured to meet the needs of cars at the expense of people,"  Our Streets member Phil Hammerslough said. "One must remember that streets are public spaces designed for not only travel, but for access . There is a vast difference between access and travel. Access should have priority to travel, for it is the right of all people to have safe access to our streets to meet the needs of our changing cities and suburbs. The car can no longer be the sole means of getting around. It is time to redesign our streets for the safety of all who use them,” Hammerslough said.
 
Based on the results of the survey and other information (including debates, forums and incumbents past voting records) the group endorses the following candidates.


Mayor
  • Miro Weinberger

City Council
  • North District: Carmen George
  • Central District: Jane Knodell
  • East District: Selene Colburn
  • South District: No endorsement
  • Ward 1: No endorsement
  • Ward 2: Max Tracy
  • Ward 3: Sara Giannoni, Sarah McCall
  • Ward 4: Jim Holway
  • Ward 5: Michael Fife
  • Ward 6: No endorsement
  • Ward 7: Tom Ayres
  • Ward 8: Adam Roof, Brock Gibian