Ahead of the May 10 municipal election in Bayonne, Bike Hudson County prepared a survey and asked all candidates in the race their stance on cycling, bike lanes, and related issues.
However, only one candidate responded: co-organizer of TEDxBayonne and businesswoman Carissa Lintao. Candidate for a City Council At-Large seat, Lintao filed out the survey, the results of which were published by Bike Hudson County and sent to the Hudson Reporter.
Supporting cycling and related infrastructure
In the survey, Lintao responded that she “110 percent” supports bike lanes in Bayonne.
“This basic safety measure is something the city should have in place yesterday,” she said. “I see everything from e-unicyclists commuting to work to mothers bringing their kids to school on mopeds whenever I walk Broadway or Avenue C. Not only will bike lanes bring more safety, it will also encourage more people to bike.”
Lintao went to say she supported outside bike connections with neighboring communities too.
“As someone who was thinking about investing in an e-scooter, I would definitely support a cycle network,” she said. “I commute into Jersey City every other day for meetings and many of my friends, family members, and acquaintances who already do bike into our neighboring cities for work. Having a cycle network in place will drastically improve safety and having dedicated routes is even a great way to encourage movement and local exploration – especially in a work from home world.”
In addition to that, Lintao also supports installing further bike infrastructure, such as bike racks, way signs for cyclists, and signs for motorists to be aware of people on bicycles.
“The city is in need of more bike racks and safer ones at that,” she said. “If elected, I would call in subject matter experts around this particular area of design. I’ve heard countless stories of bikes getting stolen from designated areas and that’s something that should not be happening in our community.”
She continued: “In general, I’m a big advocate for more/better traffic signs throughout the city – especially for the most vulnerable. A very close family member of mine was hit by a bus years ago so I understand how important this is for cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers alike.”
Improving public transportation
When it comes to addressing the needs of people without a car or the ability to drive in Bayonne, Lintao said she doesn’t own a car and would support alternatives that she herself uses.
“I do not own a car so like many others in Bayonne, I rely on my own two feet or the lightrail to get from point A to point B,” she said. “If elected, I would work with the city on campaigns promoting public transportation. Why advertising? After talking to many commuters, I realized most people who are new to the city – and even people that have lived here for decades – don’t understand lightrail/bus routes or the incentives around taking public transportation. Running general awareness campaigns around seemingly small things will go a long way.”
In response to a question if she would change anything about the state of public transportation in Bayonne, one important thing Lintao said she would support is increased safety.
“I am grateful to have options like the Light Rail in Bayonne,” she said. “It’s a lifesaver for many people including myself. Aside from wishing the train and bus were more reliable at times, the number one thing I would work on is safety. In addition to hearing stories about bikes getting stolen, I hear about lightrail incidents every other week. Personally, I’ve witnessed everything from people “shooting up” on the train to witnessing kids getting bullied. The lightrail police are great band-aid solution for petty crime, but they do not fix the root of the problem. We’re in desperate need of community policing on the lightrail.”
Early voting is already underway for the municipal election, with polls open in the municipal chambers at City Hall at 630 Avenue C from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 6 and 7, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 8. Voting will resume on Election Day on May 10.
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