Manukau East Electorate


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Jenny Salesa – LABOUR

Jenny Salesa, MP, is running for Labour in Manukau East.

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?

It’s very important to me to support providing a wide range of transport options including safe biking. If our kids could safely bike to school, for example, they would get fitter, get healthier, have fun and there would be fewer cars on our local roads at the start and end of the school day.

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

Labour has outlined a raft of major public transport initiatives to get Auckland moving and to lessen pressure on our roads and our environment.

I also support the work of the two Local Boards (Mangere–Otahuhu; Otara–Papatoetoe) in my area, which are committed to widening affordable, sustainable connectivity in and around my electorate, including cycling, walking and better public transport.

We have some major problems in my electorate, particularly around Otahuhu and East Tamaki, with trucks thundering through the suburbs or suburban fringes and massive congestion around schools at the start and close of the school day. I would support and advocate for well-thought-out and designed separated cycle lanes on roads to ensure locals biking to and from school or work or for leisure are safe. Safe cycling and walking routes that are away from major roads or off-road can also help here.

Parts of my electorate are intensifying and as part of the clean, sustainable transport options available for the future, cycling is certainly a major focus.

Encouraging a culture of biking and walking is vital for a world-class Auckland. In practical terms, secure racks and parking for bikes in town centres, train and major bus stations could encourage commuters, for example, to use bikes instead of cars to get to their public transport hub.

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

There are parts of my electorate currently where it is terrifying for cyclists and to some degree pedestrians – for example, the intersection of Walmsley and Saleyards Roads south of the Otahuhu Train Station. I do see workers trying to navigate these areas but they must be made far safer if we are to see regular cycling to work or school. I know that my two Local Boards are working with Auckland Transport to make sure these things happen – better public transport and access to it; traffic calming street design to discourage speedy rat-running and encourage mindful driving around our suburbs, especially around schools.

Foot paths must be well maintained, fit-for-purpose and safe for pedestrians. Separated cycle lanes and other sensible measures to encourage and protect cyclists must be part of new road design and of road upgrades.

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

I love the route around the Panmure Basin at the moment, however, I am looking forward enormously to the Local Board’s area plan which is looking to improve the “pedestrian/cycle connections between Otara Town Centre, Ngati Otara Park and Otara Lake”, which will be a huge boon to the Otara community.

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