BRIGHTON — Peter Phibbs, candidate for Ward 4 City Council, decided he wanted to get involved in city government after helping bring Treads Bicycle Outfitters location to the city.
“Two years ago when I got involved with trying to bring the bike shop to Brighton, I really knew very few people in our city government and with our city government. And sitting in (council meetings) when I was fifth on the agenda and I had to listen to the first four items on the agenda, it kind of got me interested,” he said.
As the manager of the local bike shop, Phibbs said transportation and small business are two of his biggest concerns.
“I’ve worked for many large corporations and come from a very strong business background and really want to kind of bring my business sense to the city both in how they do business and how they treat businesses in our community,” he said.
He also believes that water and infrastructure are also important. He cites the 15 inches of rain some cities along the Front Range had to deal with a few weeks ago and said had Brighton received that much rain the infrastructure would not nearly be able to handle that capacity. He would like to ensure the city has strong partnerships with the school district and that children have safe walking and biking routes to school.
Since getting involved with the city, Phibbs helped found and serves as a member of the Bike Brighotn Committee, serves on the Market Day Committee and is a member of the Downtown Partnership Committee.
He has lived in Brighton for the last 12 years and is married to his wife, Tina. They have three children: Dylan, Kyle and Molly. When he isn’t working or spending time with his family, Phibbs is coaching local soccer teams, volunteering at the boys and girls club and, of course, cycling.
Q&A with Peter Phibbs
Why are you running for office?
I feel the need to help my community plan for its future, not just next year, but the next 20 years.
What makes you the most qualified candidate for this office?
I am part of a large family that settled in Colorado in the late 1800s, and I am a longtime resident of this city, representing parents, business owners, schools, volunteers, coaches and Scout leaders.
What do you feel is the top priority for City Council heading into 2014?
The City Council needs to settle on a long-term fix to our water and sewer systems in our historic core near downtown. The City spends 83 percent of the repair budget in these neighborhoods because the infrastructure in 60 to 110 years old.
What do you believe you can do to support and promote locally owned and small businesses in Brighton?
Continue to serve on the Downtown Partnership committee, the Market Days committee, and as a member of the Chamber of Commerce, encouraging inclusion in these groups. I’m actively cultivating relationships with Pedal the Plains bicycle tour, and U.S. Pro Cycling Challenge to consider Brighton for their events in the coming years.
What issues do you hope to bring to Council’s attention specific to your Ward?
I-76 cuts right through Ward 4, adding an on/off ramp at Bridge Street to take the pressure off the traffic circle at Bromley and I-76, this continues to be a problem area for traffic, and with the new King Soopers opening next year the problem is going to get worse.
What other specific issues within Brighton do you hope to address?
Finishing our “Missing Links” plan for bicycle trails, developing and approving a “Complete Streets Policy” that will no longer allow us to build a traffic circle without a safe sidewalk. Helping Brighton Urban Renewal Authority reap the benefits of its investments in the four areas of our community where they have already invested a large amount of money.
What expertise or experience can you bring to Council to better connect with citizens and keep the public engaged?
My founding and commitment to the Bike Brighton Subcommittee, now part of the Parks and Rec board, is an example of how I have been able to connect cyclists of all backgrounds together in a united front. Being a listener, I find, is a key trait; I see issues from my point of view and listening to others while remaining objective at the same time.
What do you believe city government can/should do to ensure a sustainable supply of water in the years to come?
Conserve what we have, and require developers to provide water shares (not cash) when wanting to create new developments.