Daniel Taylor: North West ward candidate 2020

Responses to Survey Questions from Daniel Taylor

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?

We need an increase in public investment in the maintenance of existing pathways, including making them all-weather and as physically accessible as possible. Streets, especially around shopping precincts, have popular crossing points that are informal and high-risk. Increasing visible, demarcated crossing points in high-traffic areas will go a long way to aid pedestrian safety.

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

Reducing pedestrian road trauma in Moreland requires a serious council project to assess the safety of both established and popular informal points in which pedestrians and traffic intersect. I’ll fight for council funds to be spent on important public safety projects as well as ensuring that the measures that need to be taken, such as vegetation control, creation and maintenance of crossings and signage, are never pushed to the side simply because of its cost.

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

We need to remove barriers for older residents to walk in Moreland. This can be done by improving the safety of our existing walking paths, making walking paths all-weather, improving visibility, and increasing safe crossing points throughout the area. Social walking groups with professional facilitators can break down both the social isolation of older residents and provide more motivation for them. 

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?

Moreland Council must commit to the maintenance of facilities and amenities, including updating them as better safety measures are developed. Investment needs to happen at all levels including increasing staffing resources, funding, and oversight. We need to make sure council is accessible for residents with disabilities.  

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

Making sure Council implements appropriate safe measures means being committed to human need and safety over profit in every instance. As a councillor my role would be to fight for the rest of Council to make the right choice. 

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

Measures such as speed bumps in the surrounding area, and having all crossings staffed as part of traffic control and pedestrian safety. 

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

The removal of trip hazards and the levelling of terrain. We also need safe all-weather paths to reduce slipping hazards. Where significant drops and trip hazards are unavoidable, or where there are crossings, there needs to appropriate lighting and visibility markers such as glow strips. 

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?

I am for increased public transport and bicycle usage as well as facilitating easier pedestrian access. I don’t support punitive measures as a way to stop car usage. 

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?

We need an engaging public education campaign that is able to work in collaboration with our schools and driving education programs. This campaign should be focused on positive education rather than punitive deterrents. 

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)?

Navigating competing interests requires extensive community consultation and standing up to business and corporate interests that try to get their way. I oppose punitive measures and instead prioritise increasing the accessibility of more sustainable travel options.