Pedal To The Polls 2023 Runoff

Vote in the May 16th Colorado Springs Mayoral Runoff Election

Pedal to the Polls to vote in the May 16th Colorado Springs Mayoral Runoff Election

Ballots will be sent April 24th for the Colorado Springs Mayoral runoff election between Yemi Mobolade and Wayne Williams for the May 16th election. Continue below to read the candidates response to our Candidate survey , focused on roadway safety, transportation infrastructure and planned facilities outlined in city plans, we distributed for the initial election.

Yemi Mobolade recieved approximately 30% of the vote
Link to Yemi’s Survey Response

Wayne Williams recieved approximately 19% of the vote
Link to Wayne’s Survey Response

Bike Colorado Springs/Medicine Wheel Survey responses
Recieved March 10th included below

Yemi Mobolade

Do you support ballot issue 1, the TOPS extension? Why or why not?
Our open spaces, trails, and parks are arguably some of the most beautiful in the country. The beauty of our natural scenery inspired the founder of our city, General William Jackson Palmer, 151 years ago to envision and create a great city. We must ensure Colorado Springs families today, as well as future generations, have access to well-maintained and safe parks. Therefore, I support Issue 1 on the April 4th ballot to extend the TOPS sales and use tax for another 20 years, without raising taxes.

How will you support policies that assist Colorado Springs residents who want to or must bike, walk, use micro-mobility (E-scooters, E-skateboards, etc…) and take transit as transportation?

While Colorado Springs is a car-dependent city, there is increasing demand for public transportation to help meet the needs and demands of our growing community. Colorado Springs is predicted to overtake Denver as the state’s largest city by 2050 and the population of the Pikes Peak region is expected to be just over one million people in 2045, approximately 50% more than in 2015. The expected growth will produce demand for new travel and public transit options. We already have a transportation shortage, disproportionately affecting low-income households, seniors, residents with disabilities, as well as Millennials and Generation Z residents who choose not to own a vehicle.

ConnectCOS, the city’s new long-term transportation plan, outlines strategies to meet the city’s growing and future transportation needs. The plan recommends about 160 projects, ranging from constructing and improving roads and sidewalks, to building trails, bike routes, mobility hubs, and transit facilities. This new plan will increase access and make it easier to get around the city. As mayor, I will champion the implementation of the plan with ongoing stakeholder input and ensure the plan remains flexible to adapt to future changes.

Will you support improvements to transportation infrastructure that make walking, biking, and transit safe and convenient for Colorado Springs residents, families, and seniors?
A strong city transit network supports all residents and their needs for transportation. The new ConnectCOS plan proposes dozens of sidewalk, trail, and bike projects, and the Bike Master Plan promotes bicycling as one of many necessary transportation options. As the city grows, it is imperative that we pursue multi-modal transportation to include the strengthening of our sidewalk infrastructure to make walking an attractive option, and the improvement of our cycling infrastructure to include new bike lanes and enhance bike parking infrastructure. Over the last 7 years, the city has been gradually making improvements to its transportation infrastructure, including promoting bicycles as an alternative to cars, as evidenced by the new bike lanes, e-bikes, and bike trails. As mayor, I will support our various mobility enhancement efforts to ensure safety and convenience of travel within Colorado Springs.

Our off-street urban trail network is the backbone of our non-motorized transportation system. Today many residents are discouraged from using our urban trails due to people living on this critical resource. How will you address the impacts of homelessness, specifically on our urban trail network?
The Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) has been compassionately serving residents experiencing homelessness by providing information and referrals for food, shelter, housing, and other services. The Homeless Outreach Program (HOP) team members are trained behavioral health providers offering mental health treatment and connection to community agencies. I will expand both of these critical city services to address vagrancy and encampments along our urban trail network and ensure our public trails are safe and welcoming for residents.

The 2014 Colorado Springs parks system master plan called for the construction of a world class bike park. The Pikeview quarry site in northwest Colorado Springs has been identified as a possible location for such a bike park. Once the state’s requirements for reclamation of this site are completed, will you support acceptance of the donation of the property and support the current plan to transform the property into a world class bike park?
Colorado Springs is an active city where outdoor recreation is part of our lifestyle. The Pikeview Quarry site presents a tremendous opportunity for a world-class bike park, to include “mountain, downhill and slopestyle tracks, a BMX and pump track, a youth learning area, flow trails, a cyclocross course and a bike polo field.” If and when the state’s
requirement for reclamation of this site is completed, the cost of maintaining the park remains a problem to be solved. I will support the continued efforts to resolve the property’s outstanding issues and help make this vision a reality.

What is your vision for the future of transportation in Colorado Springs?
Yes. Within the first 90 days of taking office, I plan to engage key community stakeholders such as Bike Colorado Springs and Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates to better understand the challenges and opportunities with our city’s current transportation options, and to deepen the relationship between the mayor’s office and key community partners.

Is there anything else you would like Bike Colorado Springs to know about your positions or candidacy?
My overall vision for Colorado Springs is an inclusive, culturally rich, economically prosperous, safe, and vibrant city on a hill that shines brightly. I will be a Mayor for ALL Colorado Springs residents.

Links to additional survey responses related to transportation from Yemi Mobolade
Colorado Public Radio/KRCC
Springs Taxpayers United

Wayne Williams

Do you support ballot issue 1, the TOPS extension? Why or why not?
Yes. I lobbied to place Issue 1 on the agenda and then advocated and voted to submit it to the voters. I also voted to place the prior extension on the ballot and served on the YES for Trails, Open Space and Parks Committee where I helped strategize and raised money for the campaign. TOPS funding plays an important role in the acquisition, development, and maintenance of our parks, trails and open space.

How will you support policies that assist Colorado Springs residents who want to or must bike, walk, use micro-mobility (E-scooters, E-skateboards, etc…) and take transit as transportation?

In addition to TOPS, I have referred other ballot measures, including creating the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority when I was a county commissioner. While serving as a city councilman I was selected once again to serve as a PPRTA director, where I championed referring PPRTA-3 to the ballot last year. As with past PPRTA ballot issues, PPRTA-3 provides significant trail improvements (Midland, Fillmore, Foothills, Homestead, Palmer-Mesa, Pikes Peak Greenway, Rock Island, Shooks Run, Sinton, and Templeton Gap) as well as a Ute Pass Avenue pedestrian bridge and funding for on-street bikeways and sidewalk infill. As a member of city council, I also supported establishing the city’s e-scooter pilot program.

Will you support improvements to transportation infrastructure that make walking, biking, and transit safe and convenient for Colorado Springs residents, families, and seniors?
Yes. In addition to the sidewalk, trail, and on-street bikeway improvements, the structure of the PPRTA we created allocates 10% to transit, which provides $15 million per year. This funding allowed evening and weekend service and addressed other needs. PPRTA-3 also includes three transit capital projects.

Our off-street urban trail network is the backbone of our non-motorized transportation system. Today many residents are discouraged from using our urban trails due to people living on this critical resource. How will you address the impacts of homelessness, specifically on our urban trail network?
Colorado Springs is one of the few large cities in America where the number of unhoused have been reduced. We must compassionately address the root causes of homelessness by working with non-profit partners like Springs Rescue Mission, Catholic Charities, and the Salvation Army to provide assistance, education and treatment options for those experiencing drug addiction and/or mental illness.

For our community’s health and safety, we must enforce city ordinances that prohibit blocking public right-of-ways and camping on, and potentially contaminating, our public spaces, trails and waterways. We worked to ensure our ability to enforce these rules by having sufficient beds available. We also need to expand our Homeless Outreach Team and Alternate Response Teams to meet the needs of our community.

The 2014 Colorado Springs parks system master plan called for the construction of a world class bike park. The Pikeview quarry site in northwest Colorado Springs has been identified as a possible location for such a bike park. Once the state’s requirements for reclamation of this site are completed, will you support acceptance of the donation of the property and support the current plan to transform the property into a world class bike park?
Yes. As a member of City Council, I approved the purchase of the Pikeview quarry site (and nearby land) with the specific intent of creating a world class bike park.

What is your vision for the future of transportation in Colorado Springs?
Colorado Springs residents should multiple transportation choices so that each can choose what is best for their needs and desires. As mayor, I will ensure that Colorado Springs has a transportation infrastructure that meets the needs of our growing city. Any new growth must be accompanied by enough infrastructure to sustain it.

Links to additional survey responses related to transportation from Wayne Williams
Colorado Public Radio/KRCC
Springs Taxpayers United

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