Chris Miles: North West ward candidate 2020

Responses to Survey Questions from Chris Miles

1. What are your most important priorities to increase pedestrian safety specifically in the ward you hope to represent as well as in the rest of Moreland?

I would like to see side roads/residential roads not to be used as rat runs be slowing their speed and or be installing traffic slow points. I believe this would work better than speed bumps as not to affect cyclists. As a cyclist myself I know speed bumps can be dangers to new cyclists.   

2. If elected, what will you do to help reduce pedestrian road trauma in Moreland?

Placing of crossing/traffic lights were the demand is high as the as Moreland has grown and changed some crossing points have become obsolete and new sites now need them       

3. What vision do you have to actively encourage older adults to walk in Moreland?

I am a strong believer that footpaths should by keeping maintained at best practice not minimum standards. It is so important to keeper our parks for so many reasons but as to have a nice place to walk       

4. In what ways should Council increase its investment in the maintenance and improvements to footpaths and other outdoor public infrastructure to reduce falls injuries?

I am a tradesman and I see all the time $1 spent now in pre-emptive maintenance is worth $5 down the road. It would not only save on pain and suffering but it will save the council bottom line     

5. If elected, how will you encourage Council to implement proven street design measures to reduce vehicle speeds?

I believe in facts not knee-jerk reactions so, if the facts tell me this will save lives then It will have my vote.   

6. What measures would you implement to stop speeding near schools?

I think that more signs indicating schools in residential street are all was 40km/h   

7. What improvements are needed for footpaths to make them safer for pedestrians after dark?

I think in some places of Moreland it could be safer with better lighting but lighting comes with its own problems too. As I answer in Q3 well maintained footpaths are the most important for everyone’s safety.  

8. The majority of surveyed Sydney Rd. users support the removal of all on-street parking to make way for wider footpaths and protected cycling lanes in both directions. Do you agree with this and if so, how would you work to achieve this if elected?

Firstly, I am a cyclist who uses Sydney Rd a lot going in and out of the city on weekdays and weekends. I have had my share of near misses. I have all so walked on busy footpaths on Sydney Rd full to almost overflow on a warm summer’s day. My only concern is by removing all on street parking we will make the lives of the elderly & disable even harder.       

9. What strategies are needed by Council, in collaboration with the State Government, to introduce a driver education campaign in regard to stopping for, giving way and slowing down for pedestrians at intersections, zebra crossings, school crossings and other hot spots?

I am so glad you ask this question! Since I got my Ps in 2005, I could not understand why there was never a campaign by TAC on basic traffic laws on things like school crossing etc. I think just basic ads on TV, radio & online would have people say “O I had forgot that” or “is that the rules I didn’t realise” and so on.       

10. As the local population grows, so does local traffic and through traffic. How do you propose to address the competing interests of different transport users i.e. pedestrians, cyclists, private and commercial vehicle drivers and public transport (trams and buses)?

As I have to drive to work the majority of the time all so I am an amateur competitive cyclist and enjoy going to the city to watch sports by public transport. I feel that it really is as simple we need to share a finite resource. I understand you may feel like that is a cop-out but it’s real how I feel.