Mohamad Elmustafa: North West ward candidate 2020

Responses to Survey Questions from Mohamad Elmustafa

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?

The most important priority to increase pedestrian safety is to increase the installment of CCTV cameras. This will cause a decrease in dangerous behavior in the area of Moreland, therefore allowing pedestrians to feel safer in the environment they are in.

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

To firstly reduce pedestrian road trauma in Morland, you would have to decrease the chances of trauma. This can be done by adding more traffic lights, road islands, roundabouts and speed ups. Ultimately, this will allow for drivers to have a safer experience, and a decrease chance of trauma.

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

My vision would be to make the area of Moreland look more appealing and safer, by adding clear smooth footpaths, fencing and greenery so that older adults will be encouraged 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?

By ensuring that the footpaths are smooth to decrease chances of injuries and to make sure that all outdoor infrastructure is tested for safety and is maintained with checkups so that if there is a problem, it will be dealt with immediately.

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

By adding speed humps and speed cameras so that people are less likely to drive at a high speed.

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

Having a permanent speed limit of 40 so that individuals of Moreland know that the limit is always low when near schools.

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

To have many street lights so that pedestrians are able to see where they are walking, thus increasing the chances of safety as if they feel uneasy they are able to see in front of them and behind them.

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?

As Sydney Rd. is quite a busy road, I would work towards achieving a fair plan where there is enough room for pedestrians to walk, park and drive.

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?

Increase the advertisements regarding driving safety and how to drive safely. Also consider adding mandatory tests every year to update residents on new safety road measures.

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)?

By fairly distributing space and facilities for all different transportation users, this should allow for all residents to have a easy way of traveling.