City Council Candidate Survey: Brian O’Neill, 10th District Candidate

Candidate: Brian O’Neill, 10th District Candidate

This questionnaire was sent to every candidate no matter the party affiliation. Feet First Philly does not endorse any particular candidate and provides the responses to the public for informational purposes only.

Walkability:

If elected, what would you do to promote walking in Philadelphia?

I would promote walking in Philadelphia by sharing the health benefits of walking with as many people as possible. Increased physical activity contributes to healthy living and reduces the risk of chronic diseases.

If elected what would you do to ensure that all Philadelphians can reach their destination safely?

I would ensure that all Philadelphians reach their destination safely by increasing the visibility of pedestrians to vehicular traffic. This would involve ensuring that every crosswalk in the 10th Council District is appropriately marked and clearly painted. I would also continue to advocate for the increased hiring of school crossing-guards to keep our neighborhood children safe on their way to and from school.

 

Vision Zero and Pedestrian Traffic Deaths

Do you support VisionZero?

Yes.

How would you improve the walkability of our neighborhoods through Vision Zero?

By carrying out PHL Vision Zero’s plan of designing streets to promote pedestrian safety which invites more people to walk and bike in their neighborhoods.

According to an NBC10 report, there are 40 hit-and-runs per day, creating an epidemic in Philadelphia. In 2018, there were over 100 traffic fatalities in Philadelphia. In your view, what can you, as an elected official, do about this epidemic?

Speed camera legislation recently introduced in City Council will hopefully help to abate this very serious problem.

 

Accessibility

If elected, what would you do to ensure adequate sidewalk repair and crosswalk maintenance?

I would look into the possibility of having the City take responsibility for maintaining sidewalks and crosswalks in Philadelphia. If it is not cost prohibitive, I think it would improve both the walkability as well as the appearance of our neighborhood streets.

If elected, what would you do to ensure our more vulnerable citizens could adequately and safely get around?

Increase the amount of accessibility-focused technology and infrastructure such as corner curb-ramps for wheelchairs and audio enabled traffic signals.

If elected, what would you do to end illegal sidewalk and crosswalk parking in Philadelphia?

The illegal sidewalk and crosswalk parking problem in Philadelphia is a matter of correcting bad behavior. Once someone is ticketed for either, they are less likely to be a repeat offender. The only way they get ticketed is if the violation is reported to the PPD/PPA. I encourage everyone to report these violations whenever and wherever they see them in order to deter this kind of behavior from occurring.

 

Construction Projects

If elected, what would you do to ensure developers provide a safe walking & crossing area for pedestrians to use in all neighborhoods?

I would encourage registered civic organizations to request crosswalks/traffic signals, where appropriate when development projects are proposed.

 

Final Question

Where is your favorite place in Philadelphia to walk and what makes it so great?

My favorite place to walk in Philadelphia is the track behind The Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush High School. It has a “Mondotrack” surface which is well known and highly sought after by runners. It is also great for minimizing impact on joints whether running or walking!

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