Salena Santibanez Guipzot, District 2, 2019

Candidate: District 2




SA Bike Bloc Responses:

Do you ride a bicycle?

Answer: Yes: My bicycle experience covers Amsterdam, Vancouver BC, and Portland, OR. and then of course home, San Antonio, which is where I got hit on my bike in front of my middle school, Wheatley.

Bicycle Questions:
A. Will you push for bike lanes and protected bikeways on major streets and roads?
Answer: Yes, but before we do that, we need to educate residents that bicyclist have the right to be on the streets as well.
B. Will you make it illegal to park a car in the bike lane?
Answer: This is not a one size fits all kind of question. Rather we should look at the specific scenarios to foresee any potential safety issues.
C. Will you amend Sec. 19-286 referencing driving or parking on sidewalks being prohibited, so people can ride their bicycles on the sidewalk?
Answer: Maybe: One of my biggest pet peeves is when individuals park on the sidewalk, making it impossible to utilize the sidewalk and forces people into a busy street, especially mothers with their strollers. It’s extremely inconsiderate and should be fined if found more than once obstructing the pathway for pedestrians and bicyclists.
D. Will you amend or repeal Sec. 22-28 affecting public park hours of operation and curfew, so people can use the Howard W. Peak Greenway, excepting parts of the trail that go through private property?
Answer: Yes: We have to think outside the box when it comes to alleviating congestion and utilizing pathways paid by taxpayers to get from point A to point B sounds like a reasonable alternative. The congestion is only going to worsen, it’s best to consider alternatives now than later.
Scooter Questions:
E. Will you make all scooter travel data easily accessible?
Answer: Maybe: I would want to know what the data will be used for and what privacy issues it may have for consumers.
F. Will you limit the number of scooters to 16,000 and hire a third party to patrol neighborhoods around downtown to pick up scooters blocking sidewalks?
Answer: Maybe: The responsibility should be on the provider not on the taxpayers.

To understand “Fare Capping,” Please watch the video below.

The Fare Capping Chronicles from TransitCenter on Vimeo.

VIA Questions:
G. Will you support “Fare Capping”?
Answer: Yes: It works. I’ve benefited from fare capping in Portland, OR.
H. Will you maintain or increase VIA’s funding from the city general revenue?
Answer: Maybe: I will consider increase funding, but real investment needs to come from private corporations that receive tax incentives/breaks while not investing into their employees need for public transportation.

District Specific Question:

I. With the exception of the Palate Salesman, will you ensure that the Hays Street Bridge remains free from private enterprises regardless if the apartments get build or not?

Answer: Yes: I will continue to fight to preserve the beautiful history of HSB by making sure all SA residents can enjoy and utilize the bridge, especially when once upon a time, the HSB was the only entry point into the Eastside.
Other Questions:

Did you support the removal of the S Flores bicycle lane?
Answer: No, not at all. San Pedro is extremely busy, which made S. Flores a safe(r) alternative that runs parallel into the downtown area. Not to mention the $700k cost paid by taxpayers to be just removed after the fac
How would you bring San Antonio into compliance with EPA air quality regulations?
Choices are:
A. There are no air quality issues.
B. Have buses powered by an electric catenary system (
C. Require smog controls in cars
D. Install protected bike lanes on major corridors
E. Add additional lanes to existing freeways.

F. Create HOV lanes with an option for toll roads.

G. Remove bike lanes to make room for more cars on the road.
H. Other

Her Answer:

D. Put Protected Bike Lanes down Major corridors

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