Pakuranga Electorate

VOTE BIKE 2017

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Guy Hunt – GREEN

Guy Hunt is standing for the Green Party in the Pakuranga 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. I think the more children on bikes the better. I think a large part of it is having better and segregated cycle ways around more of Auckland. So many people I speak to would like to bike places, but the roads are very narrow and cars to not give enough space or time for cyclists. Plus parents are nervous for their children on the way to and from school. So segregation would be a part of that.

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

I think we should look at the option of a shared bike scheme. Starting centrally and working its way out further over time. It works in big cities like London and gets people out of cars and onto their 2 wheels. The helmets is an issues for making this scheme work so that would need to be addressed. Perhaps a helmet share scheme included.

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

Segregated cycle lanes would be a start for people on bikes, especially in the cities. Due to our roads, I think an option would be for people to have a ‘refresher’ course on a 5 or 10 yearly basis. This reminds people of what they need to do especially around cyclists. I think tourists should be made to sit a theory test before being able to hire a car as there are a lot of headlines of tourists driving badly.

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

Tamaki Drive along the waterfront. It is a great spot to cycle first thing in the morning when training for an event.


Barry Kirker – LABOUR

Barry Kirker is standing for the Labour Party in the Pakuranga 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?

My electorate is not as bad as some but more bikeways are required. It seems the best way to get more kids on their bikes to school is to provide safe cycle infrastructure so that parents have a level of comfort that their children will be safe. I support Labour policy of increased investment in separated bikeways, shared paths around schools, and programmes within schools to encourage kids to get on their bikes.

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

Labour supports a true multi-modal and integrated transport system. We cannot go on investing in large roading projects and expect congestion to get better. Major investment in other options such as cycling, walking, and public transport are needed to unclog our roads and get Auckland moving. As part of that there needs to be safe cycling infrastructure. I support renewal of the Urban cycleways fund and ensure that important cycle projects are completed around the city. I think that when safe cycle infrastructure is provided, people will use it.

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

One lone cyclist holding up traffic and annoying motorists is not helpful. Need to build up a mass of cyclists through cycle days with profile and policy going from there in line with the initiatives mentioned above. Separated cycleways will be easier to justify when it can be seen how many could be on the roads.

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

The Rotary Cycleway in my Electorate, and also along Mission Bay.


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