Several Capitola voters said they fight traffic around the village and 41st Avenue. What’s your plan to improve traffic flow?
Alexander Pedersen: More protected bike lanes is a big part of that, just in more pedestrian and bicycle friendly infrastructure, which I think can have a huge impact on traffic, especially in Capitola. I mean, there’s not many places in Capitola where it wouldn’t be relatively easy to bike or walk. It’s such a small place. But again, people need to drive. People need to work. I’d like to see more work and emphasis put into having public-transportation-friendly infrastructure, more bus stops, maybe covered bus stops, whatever you can do to encourage people to use more public transportation would be great. There’s also on 41st (Avenue) somewhat artificial traffic because they control the traffic lights on 41st nearing Highway 1. And that’s because they’re trying to ease the traffic going onto Highway 1. And that screening backup on 41st. And I live right there. So I see this all the time.
In regards to the village, I’d like to see more reliance on shuttle services, more frequent shuttle services and shuttle services even coming from the Capitola Mall where people could park and leave their cars, or park there and take bikes down to the village. I think that would help ease traffic and hopefully try to change the culture of driving your car down to the village when it’s not necessary. Because there’s always traffic down there and nobody likes that.