City Council Candidate Survey: Drew Murray, At-Large Candidate

Candidate: Drew Murray, At-Large 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?

Walking, and biking for that matter is one of the best methods of getting around the City of Philadelphia. Philadelphia is often described as one of the most walkable cities in the country and it is true. Benefits include both health for the walker and less motor vehicle congestion for everyone. Extending trails like the Schuylkill River Trail to promote healthier living and to get around the City are paramount.

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

One of the more serious barriers to safely walking around the City is sidewalk closures as a result of construction. When elected, I will introduce legislation that all construction sites that require sidewalk closures provide a protected pedestrian walkway so that pedestrians are not required, often mid-block, to cross the street to get beyond the construction.

 

Vision Zero and Pedestrian Traffic Deaths

Do you support VisionZero?

Yes, I fully support Vision Zero.

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

Traffic calming methods, such as narrower lanes to reduce the distance to cross the street, should be utilized when applicable. This could be achieved by adding protected bike lanes to certain roadways.

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?

All reasonable methods need to be utilized to foster traffic calming. In addition, technologies such as speed cameras should be utilized to enforce speed limits throughout the City. In some circumstances, with the support of residents, I would support the installation of speed bumps.

 

Accessibility

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

This is a very challenging question as the responsibility of sidewalk maintenance falls on owners of properties. However, utility line installation, fiber optic installation, etc. often times can leave sidewalks in a state of disrepair. The City must hold contractors accountable to return sidewalks to their original state or better after work is done. If sidewalks are in a state of disrepair not caused by construction or repairs, owners should receive a warning to repair and then fined if the repair is not made within a specified period of time.

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

The City must continue to install ADA compliant ramps at corners. In addition, the City must enforce regulations that require owners to maintain safe and clear sidewalks on their properties. Lastly, the City must ensure safe passage past all construction projects through accessible pedestrian walkways.

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

If police support of Council President Clarke’s public safety officers could be achieved, these officers could be used to enforce policy against illegal sidewalk and crosswalk parking.

 

Construction Projects

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

Pedestrians should be able to walk down sidewalks unimpeded by sidewalk closures due to construction. Development in this City is a great thing, but the impacts of the actual construction need to be minimized. As stated prior, protected, pedestrian walkways should be required for all sidewalk closures.

 

Final Question

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

I have the privilege to live at 22nd & Race, one block from the entrance to the Schuylkill River Trail. The Schuylkill River Trail is my favorite place to walk in the City.

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