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D6 Melissa Cabello Havrda

Candidate: Melissa Cabello Havrda 
Position Running for: City Council, District 6
Website: www.melissaforsa.com  FB - www.facebook.com/melissaforDistrict6   Twitter - www.twitter.com/melissaforsa

Bicycle Questions

A. Will you as Mayor/Councilman implement the Bicycle Master Plan throughout the city/in your district?
Answer: Yes
Explanation: As a cyclist, I do support a Bicycle Master Plan in my city and my district. Cycling promotes healthy and allows viable transportation option. It is important that we have a plan to increase safety for bicycle riders.   

B. Will you vote to remove a bicycle lane?
Answer: No
Explanation: I enjoy using bicycle lanes and I would not vote to remove them. In fact, we need to increase the number of bicycle lanes in my district and in the City of San Antonio.  

C. Will you make it illegal to park a car in the bicycle lane?
Answer: Yes
Explanation: I often see cars parked in bicycle lanes which causes bicyclists to have to ride out into the street at their own pail. Many of these bicycle riders are children riding home from school. These children have to ride out in the street, making it more dangerous and causing parents to choose to drive their children to school. This, of course, increases our carbon footprint and decreases the use of bicycles.  

D. Will you make sure Broadway has a protected bicycle lane from Houston to Hildebrand?
Answer: Yes
Explanation: I am in favor of protected bicycle lanes from Houston to Hildebrand as part of the Brackenridge Master Plan. I used to work on Broadway and I understand how dangerous it can be to bicycle there.  

E. Will you insist on new developments to include bike infrastructure such as a bicycle lane, mix used 10ft paths, and bicycle racks?
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Yes, I feel these amenities are important to include in new developments.  

F. Will you amend Sec. 19-286. Driving or parking on sidewalks prohibited, so people can ride their bicycles on the sidewalk?
Answer: Yes
Explanation: I would support such an amendment to open up sidewalks for pedestrians, cyclists, and the disabled and increase their safety.  

G. Do you support a city ordinance that prevents any further Development of park or green space lands for development of sports fields?
Answer: No
Explanation: In District 6, there are several spaces that I would support be developed into more parks and recreation facilities.   

H. Will you either amend or repeal Sec. 22-28. Public parks hours of operation and curfew, so people can use the Howard W. Peak Greenway trails after dark?
Answer:  No
Explanation: I would support an amendment or repeal and include increased park police protection during these times. I would also like to see better lighting in the trails.  

VIA Questions 

I. Are you willing to look for more funding options to improve and expand VIA bus service?
Answer: Yes
Explanation: I would be willing to look for more funding options and would also support the exploration of plans that could be implemented to increase efficiency and decrease spending.  

J. Will you support free bus rides for all residents of SA?
Answer: No
Explanation: I could support some free bus rides, but I would need more information on the circumstances.  

K. Are you willing to bring Light Rail to a vote?
Answer: Yes
Explanation: I am willing to vote for bringing Light Rail to our city. I believe residents of District 6 would benefit from the transportation option. 

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