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BikeABQ Candidate Survey

Michael Wiener

Senate District 21 — Republican Primary

1. Do you bike in New Mexico? Describe your experience biking for transportation and/or recreation.

YES of course I do for recreation. I think we have so many wonderful places to bike in the Albuquerque area where people CAN easily enjoy the outdoors and our beautiful scenery.

2. Describe your vision of a healthy, safe, equitable transportation system for the Greater Albuquerque Region and the roles walking, biking, and public transportation play in that vision.

I believe it is vital to our overall health and welfare to stay active / to walk and bike as much as possible. We are fortunate to live in a community that has been nationally recognized as a great place to bike as there are abundant well-defined trails and bike paths throughout Albuquerque.

3. What are the biggest barriers to getting people to choose walking, biking, and public transit instead of personal vehicles for daily trips, and what would you do to address these impediments?

I am open to your suggestions! Other than laziness and lack of personal discipline - people can/should be encouraged to get out and bike more freely.

4. New Mexico consistently has the deadliest streets of any state in the US, with approximately 400 people killed by vehicles each year while walking, biking, or driving, and another 12,000 people injured. What should New Mexico, and in particular the New Mexico Department of Transportation, do to improve traffic safety?

I am convinced that many of these annual pedestrian deaths occur because people are intoxicated or drug impaired and not necessarily because of a design deficit. I have been working for over 40 years on the DWI issue in New Mexico and I co-founded the very first MADD Chapter in 1982 and was their original spokesman.

5. The New Mexico DOT is currently pursuing a pair of projects related to Interstate 25, following the South I-25 Corridor Study that calls for the widening of Interstate 25 in Albuquerque from Sunport to the Big I, to 8 lanes from the current 6. Do you support urban freeway widenings, or how would you prefer NMDOT enhance transportation options in this corridor?

YES I do, as traffic on busy freeways increase we always must consider all possible options to plan for the future, and pursue federal funding through our congressional delegation. Widening freeways by adding lanes (where possible) will help to alleviate traffic congestion and pollution from idling vehicles stuck in traffic.

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