Tamaki Makaurau Electorate
VOTE BIKE 2017
Peeni Henare – LABOUR
Currently only 2% of Kiwi kids ride a bike to school. Is lifting this number a priority? If so, how will we get there?
Getting our tamariki on bikes in Tamaki Makaurau is important to me as the local MP. Not only does it have a positive impact on their health but also improves the health of the environment, reduces congestion, and teaches kids that there are alternative transport options to cars.
The key thing we can do to get more kids on their bikes to school is to provide safe cycle infrastructure so that parents know their children will be safe. Labour supports significantly increased investment in separated cycleways, shared paths around schools, and programmes within schools to encourage kids to get on their bikes.
What would you do to make it easier for Aucklanders (in your electorate, and beyond) to choose bike travel?
Labour believes in real transport choice for Aucklanders. We cannot continue to invest in large roading projects and expect congestion to improve. Major investment in other options such as cycling, walking, and public transport are needed to unclog our roads and get Auckland moving. We will renew the Urban Cycleways Fund and ensure that important cycle projects are completed around the city, as well as working with the council and private sector to make cycling a more viable option for all Aucklanders.
How would you make streets (in your electorate and beyond) safer for everyone who uses them, including those on bikes?
The key thing is safe cycling infrastructure, in particular separated cycleways. This is better for both cyclists and motorists, enhances safety, and reduces conflict.
Where’s your favourite place to ride a bike in Auckland?
Due to the nature of being an MP, I am unable to cycle often, but I do enjoy teaching my kids how to ride a bike at the Manurewa netball courts.
Vote Bike is a Bike Auckland initiative for the 2017 General Election. Authorised by Barbara Cuthbert of 2A St Aubyn St, Devonport, Auckland 0624, on behalf of Bike Auckland, of 2A St Aubyn St Devonport Auckland 0624.