Over the past several years, BikeSGV and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition have made great strides toward making bicycling a safe and convenient way to travel, connecting diverse communities to make our county more livable, economically vibrant and environmentally sustainable. Critical to this progress has been supportive leadership from our County Supervisors, who also serve on the Metro Board of Directors.
It is our hope that our new supervisors will continue this progress and elevate LA to the next level. To better inform voters as well as the candidates themselves, LACBC and BikeSGV invited all supervisorial candidates to respond to a series of questions relevant to anyone who bikes and walks in Los Angeles County.
Note: Both BikeSGV and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and BikeSGV are 501(c)3 non-profit organizations and cannot endorse candidates or engage in electioneering on behalf of a candidate. We are offering this questionnaire as a service to candidates to communicate with potential voters for informational purposes only. All candidates have an equal opportunity to respond and responses will be distributed without bias in the order in which they are received.
The election for the L.A. County Board of Supervisors' Fifth District is on Tuesday, June 7th. Below are responses from Fifth District candidate Ara Najarian.
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CANDIDATE RESPONSE: Ara Najarian
1. Please share a memory involving a bicycle that has had a lasting effect on you (whether or not you were the one on the bicycle).
No response provided.
2. Bearing in mind there are thousands who do not drive for any number of reasons; under
what circumstances would you feel safe using a bicycle as your primary means of
I would feel safe using a bicycle if there were dedicated bike lanes available, preferably lanes which are protected from traffic as recently implemented in Long Beach.
3. To better understand the needs of those who depend on the County’s public and active transportation systems, would you be willing to take the SoCal multi-modal challenge once a year? I.e. Complete your daily routine for 5 days without the use of an automobile?
I would absolutely take the challenge and I regularly take public transit from Glendale to downtown Los Angeles.
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