It’s local body election time: voting papers are arriving in letterboxes all over the city. Your vote must be in the post by 8 October, or in an official ballot box by noon on 12 October to be counted.
Your vote matters this year more than ever this year – with the climate clock ticking, and the evidence of decades of delay becoming clearer every day. What happens in the next three years will make a vital difference to our future. It’s time to turn words into action, and fast.
We need hands-on visionaries at every step of the way, from Local Boards all the way up to Council and Mayor. So once again, Bike Auckland has polled candidates to ask where they stand on leadership, investment, and action for safer cycling.
So we’ve asked candidates to back our call to action and tell us how they’re ready to be the bike champs Auckland needs. Who’s answered the call?
Here’s what you’ll find on our election info page:
- Our call to action: we’re calling for courageous leadership to show the way, vital investment to match the need, and quick wins for real change.
- Candidates who are publicly pledging to turn words into actions
- Statements in candidates’ own words, of why, how, and what they plan to deliver for people on bikes
- Local knowledge from our grassroots Bike Burbs across the city, who’ve surveyed their local candidates
- How to contact candidates to ask them where they stand
Note: Our volunteers are updating the site as info comes to hand – so bookmark the page, and check for fresh content once you’re ready to cast your vote!
We look forward to helping these self-identified bike champs deliver on their promises, if elected. We also strongly encourage you to round out the picture of candidates, their voting record, and what they stand for, by reading as widely as you can.
For full coverage of who’s standing – and information on how to vote or cast a special vote – visit Auckland Council’s election page.
Here are some other handy tools to help you get the full picture and cast your vote for a healthy, sustainable city:
- The Spinoff’s Policy Local site
- Generation Zero’s Scorecards
- Stuff’s The Voting Climate survey
- Action Station’s profiles of climate-friendly candidates
Thank you for doing your bit for a bikeable city – and for encouraging others to vote, especially younger people, and those in areas where turnout is traditionally lower. All of our voices matter more than ever this year. Let’s make people on bikes count!