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Wendy Carrillo may be a familiar name for voters who are also residents of California’s 34th Congressional District where she ran a strong campaign earlier this year. One of only two women running in this election, Carrillo’s encouraging focus on equity shines through her response to Bike The Vote L.A., with strong commitments to Vision Zero and equitable transportation funding.

Bike The Vote L.A. 2017 Primary Grade: B+

(See below for full candidate questionnaire response)

1. What future do you see for active mobility, and public transit in the daily lives of Angelenos, particularly those who lack access to cars and rely on these other modes as their primary way of getting around?

I believe we will see public transit and active mobility options become increasingly necessary, particularly as we work to become independent from the use of fossil fuels. Many Angelenos rely on these forms of transportation to not only get around but also to earn a living, making this a fundamental issue of environmental and economic justice. I am told that active mobility options can also have a positive impact on public health. I support increased funding to improve active mobility options and public transit.

2. Do you support Vision Zero, an approach to street safety that treats each fatality as preventable and seeks to eliminate traffic deaths on public roads?


3. In Los Angeles, low-income communities of color are disproportionately burdened by the impacts of streets designed primarily for cars, without receiving proportional funding for their mobility modes like walking, biking, and quality mass transit. Would you support legislation to add a ‘complete streets’ policy to SB 1, California’s newly augmented gas tax, to direct revenues to projects and programs that benefit pedestrians, bicyclists and transit-dependent communities?

I have spent my career fighting for underserved and low-income communities of color and their issues. To me, this is an issue of environmental and economic justice, and I support directing revenues to public transit and active mobility projects and programs. If elected, I will continue standing up to deliver more resources to these communities.

4. In 2017, Assembly Members Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia) introduced AB1103, a bill to enact an “Idaho Stop” adjustment to traffic code that allows cyclists to safely yield right of way at stop signs. This bill would help to reduce subjective traffic stops by law enforcement for a practice that is common by people on bikes and was endorsed by the L.A. Times Editorial Board. Will you commit to support an “Idaho Stop” bill that allows people on bikes to safely yield at stop signs as it comes up in the 2018 legislative session?

I support safe bicycling practices and do not foresee myself opposing a measure that would allow bicyclists greater flexibility and safety as they ride through our streets.

5. Would you support expanding state funding for bike share, and providing incentives for low-income individuals to afford high quality, family-friendly bikes that empower more economical mobility such as electric bikes and cargo bikes?

Yes, support.