Te Atatu Electorate
VOTE BIKE 2017
Phil Twyford – 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?
The percentage of kids using bikes to get to school has dropped alarmingly since the 1980s as parents have become more concerned about road safety.
Getting more kids on bikes to school is good for their health, reduces congestion, there is evidence that regular exercise supports their learning through the day, and it helps to build community and friendships.
The key thing we can do 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. We support 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?
We believe in ‘real transport choice’ for Aucklanders. People should have the option to travel safely by bike if that is what they want to do.
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.
We are committed to providing Aucklanders with safe cycling infrastructure. We will renew the Urban Cycleways Fund and ensure that important cycle projects are completed around the city. We have committed $30 million to build a toll-free SkyPath. We know that when we provide safe cycle infrastructure, people use it.
Importantly, we will work with Council and the cycling community to link some of the key existing cycleways around Auckland so that people can construct safe cycling journeys around the city.
We’ll also work with public and private sector bodies to encourage them to make cycling viable for people. Simple steps like providing secure cycle storage and shower facilities make it easier for people to consider cycling.
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. In addition to renewing the Urban Cycleways fund, we will also create a new contestable Active Neighbourhoods fund of $15m per year for community group to seek funding for small local improvements that can make it safer to walk or cycle to the local school, park, or shopping centre.
I want us to develop slow-speed safe neighbourhoods in West Auckland designed to lower driving speeds to 30kph and make streets safe for kids to alk and bike.
We support ongoing driver education about sharing the road safely and ensuring that cyclists have the space they need to be safe.
There are also a number of innovative programmes that we would like to see rolled out more widely such as the NZTA education programme that educates truck drivers about how to drive safely around cyclists.
Where’s your favourite place to ride a bike in Auckland?
Te Atatu Peninsula (where I live), alongside Henderson Creek and the Oratia and Opanuku Streams, as well as the cycleway alongside the NorthWestern that takes me into the city. I can’t wait for the Te Whau Pathway and Skypath!
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.