Auckland Central Electorate

VOTE BIKE 2017

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Helen White – LABOUR

Helen White is standing for Labour in the Auckland Central electorate.

More kids on bikesCurrently only 2% of Kiwi kids ride a bike to school. Is lifting this number a priority? If so, how will we get there?

We have to make it much safer (see my answers below) – and I think affordable housing means kids being close to their local school – and actually in the meantime I think they need to be able to go on footpath!

Bike-friendly citiesWhat would you do to make it easier for Aucklanders (in your electorate, and beyond) to choose bike travel?

In the inner city this is critical to a liveable city – it requires planning to coordinate bike ways and walking and public transport. It also requires better planning of housing and school with the capacity to move around without a car to be a priority. That is partly a shift in mentality but also a matter of funding – I am concerned the city has been hamstrung in its capacity to raise the funds to do this by restrictions placed on it by government.

We need to move more quickly: currently we spend far too long consulting, preparing reports, etc on proposed  bike lanes.  Bike lanes can be installed very cheaply, grand gold-plated schemes are often unnecessary. A bit more trial and error would be good, as changes can always be made to something later if it is shown not to work.

In terms of local projects, the ‘Auckland Central electorate’ half of Richmond Rd (the ‘Mt Albert’ half is getting them soon) and Ponsonby Rd are high priorities for bike lanes. We also need a bike lane extending along Wellesley Street meeting the existing Grafton Gully cycleway – currently it’s hard to access the middle of the CBD from this cycleway.

A bike lane down Queen St would fit nicely with light rail and closing the street off to cars. There are plans for all these but they need to be funded and championed. I am keen on closing large parts of Queen Street to cars at certain times of the day.

At a national level, there is a need for some law changes such as establishing a mandatory 1.5 metre bike passing distance (i.e. vehicles can’t pass unless they can give 1.5 metres space). Lower urban speed limits are also needed. Look at Ponsonby, where the speed limit increases when you turn off Ponsonby Rd into the local side streets.

Safer streetsHow would you make streets (in your electorate and beyond) safer for everyone who uses them, including those on bikes?

Cycle infrastructure needs to cater for all ages and ability levels, including children. In most cases that should mean physical separation (can be done with bollards, flexi posts, concrete kerb, parking, planter boxes…) from road traffic. A thin strip of paint does not cut it and is a waste of time.

Fave place to rideWhere’s your favourite place to ride a bike in Auckland?

Coming from Sandringham, through the Domain then around the waterfront to St Heliers, as so much is flat and pretty and I am lazy – although this may change if I can ever afford an electric bike.


Denise Roche, MP – GREEN

Denise Roche, MP, is standing for the Greens in Auckland Central.

More kids on bikes
Currently only 2% of Kiwi kids ride a bike to school. Is lifting this number a priority? If so, how will we get there?

We have a policy called Safe to School – essentially making safe corridors for children to cycle to school by reducing car speeds around schools, and allocating $50 million per year to build walking and cycling infrastructure that separates kids from roads.

Bike-friendly citiesWhat would you do to make it easier for Aucklanders (in your electorate, and beyond) to choose bike travel?

Provide funding to develop walking and cycling infrastructure separated from the road. Safer routes encourage more people onto bikes. We need routes right across the city that link up with each other.

Safer streetsHow would you make streets (in your electorate and beyond) safer for everyone who uses them, including those on bikes?

We need bike lanes that are separated from the road so that cars, buses and trucks are not a risk.

 

Fave place to rideWhere’s your favourite place to ride a bike in Auckland?

Onetangi, Waiheke Island.


Mika Haka – OPPORTUNITIES

More kids on bikes
Currently only 2% of Kiwi kids ride a bike to school. Is lifting this number a priority? If so, how will we get there?

Absolutely. Firstly healthy kids = less mental illness, and less diabetes; two key factors in young people that NZ is sadly behind in world stats. Ride. Run. Dance. Skip… in my own work at mikahaka.com, you will find an independent MOH survey where 18 months after our active lifestyle program in 10 Auckland schools showed 40% of young people STILL ACTIVE.  Providing more opportunities for kids to bike is vital.

Bike-friendly citiesWhat would you do to make it easier for Aucklanders (in your electorate, and beyond) to choose bike travel?

SAFETY first. If a cyclist / pedestrian etc is hit by a moving vehicle, we take the approach where the driver is at fault. This gives active lifestyle participants “security to hop on a bike” and vehicle users real responsibility to be aware.

Safer streetsHow would you make streets (in your electorate and beyond) safer for everyone who uses them, including those on bikes?

As above.

 

 

Fave place to rideWhere’s your favourite place to ride a bike in Auckland?

Sand dunes – I like to find spaces on a BMX and be free. I also like walking, running, and yoga as my fitness breaks.


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