Mt Albert Electorate

VOTE BIKE 2017

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Julie Anne Genter – GREENS

Julie Anne Genter is running for the Greens in the Mt Albert 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?

Yes! We will set a target of half of kids walking and cycling to school again by 2022. Our Safe to School plan includes making 30km/h the default speed limit around schools, and investing $50m a year from the National Land Transport Fund in infrastructure like separated cycleways.l

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

The Green Party will make walking and cycling the top priority for transport planning and investment, and set a target for both decreasing vehicle kilometres traveled and increasing mode share of walking, cycling and public transport. We will allocate over $1 Billion to walking and cycling over ten years. We would also put in place policy so that all street upgrades need to take into account active modes as part of any upgrade.

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

We will make Vision Zero and road safety a key priority of transport policy and funding, and we will make the CROW Design Manual for Bicycle Traffic 2016 and NACTO Global Street Design Guide the basis default of street design in all our towns and cities. We would require all road controlling authorities to adopt street design guides such as the one currently being drafted by Auckland council based on CROW and NACTO.

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

I usually cycle to get around Auckland. My favourite places are the new separated cycleways – like Lightpath, the Grafton Gully cycleway, and the Nelson and Quay St cycleways. Bring on SkyPath.


Dan Thurston – TOP

Dan Thurston is standing for the Opportunities Party in Mt Albert.

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?

Yes, it’s a priority. We’ll get there by 1. Making cycling safer (dedicated lanes and routes); 2. Disincentivizing indiscriminate car use (e.g. user pays — TOP will make carbon emissions more costly); 3. Supporting pedestrian- and bike-friendly urban planning and design.

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

As above. In addition, I’d like to see bike sharing become a piece of local infrastructure.

 

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

I support urban design practices that increase space for cycling, improve local amenities to reduce the need for cars as shopping vehicles. Urban planning should also be looking where possible to take back land from large scale retail car parks and repurpose it into pedestrian- and bike-friendly space. Increasing access to public transport, and ensure that transportation hubs have cycle-friendly park-and-ride capacity will also reduce the number of cars on the road, which in turn makes cycling safer.

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

I live in Karangahape Road, and don’t have a car. My bicycle, which I brought back with me from China, is my main source of transportation. So I ride everywhere, and am loving getting out and about all over this beautiful city, after a few years’ cycling Beijing’s pancake-flat streets.


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