Upper Harbour Electorate

VOTE BIKE 2017

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James Goodhue – GREENS

James Goodhue is standing for the Green Party in the Upper Harbour electorate.

More kids on bikes

Currently only 2% of Kiwi kids ride a bike to school. Is lifting this number a priority? If so, how will we get there?

Definitely. I used to cycle to school every day. It starts with safety. No parents will allow their children to travel to school in an unsafe environment. A network of safe cycle ways must be priority.

 

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

Again, creating a network of safe cycle ways must be a priority. The connection aspect is key. Ensuring cycle ways are clear and flowing making them a fast alternative to driving is hugely important.

 

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

Dedicated, double lane cycle ways with barrier protection would be a good start. Education and great road signage is also important.

 

Fave place to ride

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

Hobsonsville Point Cycle track


Jane Johnston – NZ FIRST

Jane Johnston is standing for NZ First in Upper Harbour

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?

I think we ought to design for wider pavements, and allow cycling on pavements (mixing it up with walkers) and better separation/protection barriers between those pavements and the carriageway for vehicles. I have experienced this in Tokyo and in European cities. We could have ‘pathway’ rules, not unlike the rules to manage traffic on roads.
The above, plus bike trains (like a walking school bus) whereby kids gather to make the trip together under adult supervision. Also allow children to ride scooters, tricycles and bicycles on the footpath – and provide more cycling and walking access-ways, separating these modes from vehicles. Plus, lock-up facilities at schools as part of the education budget, and/or bikes for borrowing.

 

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

Following on from the above, another part of the equation would be to establish small, localised schools that are accessible by walking or cycling. Rather than a single big facility to cater for thousands of students from a massive catchment, that they must be driven to.

 

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

The solutions are multi-pronged. NZ First is opposed to pouring all transportation funds into motorway and road building. We support heavy rail for commuters and freight (not light rail, which is a half measure). We will increase the FAR, and return GST taken from a region (from tourism spend) to be spent on local infrastructure. We would design for local communities – not massive centralised government agencies and facilities. We would also not sent ETS funds off-shore, instead we would spend them in NZ to reduce our emissions and to offset emissions (e.g. through replanting programmes). We also have policies on visitors hiring cars (that includes safety devices to warn a driver when on wrong side of the road). I could go on – but really recommend you read NZ First’s policies as many of them do have an ability to influence urban design and the safety of road users, and uptake of other modes of transport.

 

Fave place to ride

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

I don’t have a current favourite place to ride a bike in Auckland. We gave up road cycling when my son was little, because we felt it was too dangerous. When we were living in Lower Hutt, we would ride the Hutt River trail. I would like to see more dedicated cycling facilities around Upper Harbour, and am keen to try the cycleway that runs alongside the motorway from Western Springs.


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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.