Local Election scorecards

Bike Te Atatu sent a questionnaire to all Henderson-Massey local board candidates in the September 2016 local elections. It was aimed at discovering which candidates are most closely aligned with the issues our members have identified as being important.

Key members of the group then scored their responses. The scores and full responses can be seen below.


Will Flavell

Labour

Score: A-

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Do you ride a bike? If so, what for (recreation, commuting, trips to the shop, etc) and how often?
Recreation – holiday trips back home in the North.

What do you think is the biggest barrier to bicycle-riding in the Henderson-Massey Local Board area and, if you are elected, what will you do about this?
I want to see more young people biking to school. We need to ensure that our footpaths and roads are safe enough for our children to bike to school.

Bike Te Atatu has a proposal which can be seen at http://www.biketeatatu.org.nz/our-proposal/. We have presented this to the current local board.
The next few questions relate to our proposal.

Do you support lower speed limits in local streets across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you support separated cycleways where traffic is at 50kph or above across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you support funding for bicycle parking in town centres and sports fields across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you have any other comments about our proposal?

The percentage of children biking to school is at its lowest point ever – just 3% of secondary school students and 2% of primary school pupils. Our area suffers significant unnecessary congestion as a result. What will you do to encourage cycling to schools?
Firstly, we need to ensure that our footpaths and roads are safe enough for young children to ride their bike to school. Road safety is very important. I would support incentives for those who choose to bike to school. I want to ensure that kids are active and this is one way of exercising.

Have you pledged your support for a more bikeable Auckland at http://www.bikeableauckland.nz/?
Yes

Will you come for a ride with us?
Yes

Matt Grey

Labour

Score: A

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Do you ride a bike? If so, what for (recreation, commuting, trips to the shop, etc) and how often?
Commuting and recreation

What do you think is the biggest barrier to bicycle-riding in the Henderson-Massey Local Board area and, if you are elected, what will you do about this?
Not enough cycle ways. I would like to have more cycle ways and have them connected to each other and run to not just the city but the CBD areas such as Henderson and West City as well as all the train stations

Bike Te Atatu has a proposal which can be seen at http://www.biketeatatu.org.nz/our-proposal/. We have presented this to the current local board.
The next few questions relate to our proposal.

Do you support lower speed limits in local streets across the whole HMLB area?
Maybe

Do you support separated cycleways where traffic is at 50kph or above across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you support funding for bicycle parking in town centres and sports fields across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you have any other comments about our proposal?

The percentage of children biking to school is at its lowest point ever – just 3% of secondary school students and 2% of primary school pupils. Our area suffers significant unnecessary congestion as a result. What will you do to encourage cycling to schools?
I have two children at primary school and would love for them to ride to school. The barriers that we have that I would like to solve are 1. encouraging schools encourage safe riding and having a place for kids park their bikes. Do things such as the “bike license” for children as they do in my kids school. 2. Make roads safer to ride along, especially along bus routes. Do this by putting in bike lanes and decreasing the speed limit in those areas 3. Increase bike paths that are not on the road (along water ways and through parks etc).

Have you pledged your support for a more bikeable Auckland at http://www.bikeableauckland.nz/?
Yes

Will you come for a ride with us?
Yes

Vanessa Neeson

Independent

Score: B

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Do you ride a bike? If so, what for (recreation, commuting, trips to the shop, etc) and how often?
No but as a young person I road my bike many miles to school and swimming training

What do you think is the biggest barrier to bicycle-riding in the Henderson-Massey Local Board area and, if you are elected, what will you do about this?
the density and volume of the traffic (cars and trucks) and with intensification it is only going to get worse

Bike Te Atatu has a proposal which can be seen at http://www.biketeatatu.org.nz/our-proposal/. We have presented this to the current local board.
The next few questions relate to our proposal.

Do you support lower speed limits in local streets across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you support separated cycleways where traffic is at 50kph or above across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you support funding for bicycle parking in town centres and sports fields across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you have any other comments about our proposal?
i think your proposal and is very sound and worth pursuing. we need to do all we can to try and prevent the number of private cars that are dropping children off to school. It is interesting that in the school holidays the traffic volumes are greatly reduced.

The percentage of children biking to school is at its lowest point ever – just 3% of secondary school students and 2% of primary school pupils. Our area suffers significant unnecessary congestion as a result. What will you do to encourage cycling to schools?
absolutely

Have you pledged your support for a more bikeable Auckland at http://www.bikeableauckland.nz/?
No

Will you come for a ride with us?
Maybe

John Carrodus

Independent

Score: D

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Do you ride a bike? If so, what for (recreation, commuting, trips to the shop, etc) and how often?
Yes for exercise

What do you think is the biggest barrier to bicycle-riding in the Henderson-Massey Local Board area and, if you are elected, what will you do about this?
Lack of goodwill by road users on bothe sides..as a cyclist I se it, and as a motorist, I see it from another angle. We seem to have an attitude in NZ that indeed we own the road. The roads are a mess, covered in nails, screws glass and other objects to cause punctures. I would push for more regular road cleaning.

Bike Te Atatu has a proposal which can be seen at http://www.biketeatatu.org.nz/our-proposal/. We have presented this to the current local board.
The next few questions relate to our proposal.

Do you support lower speed limits in local streets across the whole HMLB area?
No

Do you support separated cycleways where traffic is at 50kph or above across the whole HMLB area?
No

Do you support funding for bicycle parking in town centres and sports fields across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you have any other comments about our proposal?
I think that we need a lot more awareness and robust discussion around this topic.

The percentage of children biking to school is at its lowest point ever – just 3% of secondary school students and 2% of primary school pupils. Our area suffers significant unnecessary congestion as a result. What will you do to encourage cycling to schools?
A huge shift in attitude by all road users to be more careful and respectful of other road users. Clean the roads. Encourage families to consider letting their children ride to school. Promote and indeed perhaps provide some power assisted cycles to encourage wider use as we are so hilly in Auckland. ( And of course windy!!)

Have you pledged your support for a more bikeable Auckland at http://www.bikeableauckland.nz/?
No

Will you come for a ride with us?
Yes

Tiaria Fletcher

Labour

Score: A

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Do you ride a bike? If so, what for (recreation, commuting, trips to the shop, etc) and how often?
Recreation, exercise for me. My husband however has always been a passionate cyclist for 30 plus years – so I’m very aware of the challenges faced by bike users.

What do you think is the biggest barrier to bicycle-riding in the Henderson-Massey Local Board area and, if you are elected, what will you do about this?
Lack of dedicated cycle lanes and changing poor attitudes to cyclists are the 2 biggest barriers. I would advocate for more cycle lanes and particularly look at how we can improve safety around our big arterial roads like Swanson, Lincoln, Don Buck Te Atatu Rd (South end)…etc
I would also look at opportunities, activities and smart advertising that can address the often negative attitudes of car drivers towards cyclists and other road users such as buses, trucks etc… We also need to create better awareness and knowledge for other road users as to how to negotiate the space around cyclists on the roads, in order to ensure the safety of cyclists, which would also mitigate the tension and frustration for other road users and lend itself to my previous comments around changing attitudes

Bike Te Atatu has a proposal which can be seen at http://www.biketeatatu.org.nz/our-proposal/. We have presented this to the current local board.
The next few questions relate to our proposal.

Do you support lower speed limits in local streets across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you support separated cycleways where traffic is at 50kph or above across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you support funding for bicycle parking in town centres and sports fields across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you have any other comments about our proposal?
I totally support any moves that reduces the number of cars on our roads and one of the best ways to do this is getting people out and onto cycles.

The percentage of children biking to school is at its lowest point ever – just 3% of secondary school students and 2% of primary school pupils. Our area suffers significant unnecessary congestion as a result. What will you do to encourage cycling to schools?
Creating cycling campaigns targeted towards kids and their parents is one thing that I would do. To do this well we would need to work in with cycling groups like yourselves, Auckland Transport and police. The campaign would utilise a range of different media dependent on where we were targeting the intended audience. Auckland council promotes it’s vision as striving for the most “liveable city in the world”. Getting our children started earlier in such an important activity such as cycling makes a huge contribution to this vision!

Have you pledged your support for a more bikeable Auckland at http://www.bikeableauckland.nz/?
Yes

Will you come for a ride with us?
Yes

Rochelle Gormly

Independent

Score: B

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Do you ride a bike? If so, what for (recreation, commuting, trips to the shop, etc) and how often?
Yes, trips to the shops or ride with the kids.

What do you think is the biggest barrier to bicycle-riding in the Henderson-Massey Local Board area and, if you are elected, what will you do about this?
The biggest problem is access to bikes, if bikes were available (with helmets) to rent more people would use them. I really want hire bikes available from public places, e.g the local library ideally including motorised bikes. I would work with the Te Atatu Cycle because I think this should be an easy initiative to get up and running.

Bike Te Atatu has a proposal which can be seen at http://www.biketeatatu.org.nz/our-proposal/. We have presented this to the current local board.
The next few questions relate to our proposal.

Do you support lower speed limits in local streets across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you support separated cycleways where traffic is at 50kph or above across the whole HMLB area?
Maybe

Do you support funding for bicycle parking in town centres and sports fields across the whole HMLB area?
Maybe

Do you have any other comments about our proposal?
Cycling is going to be the easiest way for a large proportion of people own the Henderson-Massey area to get around. We just need to find a secure way of housing the bikes so everyone can enjoy them.

The percentage of children biking to school is at its lowest point ever – just 3% of secondary school students and 2% of primary school pupils. Our area suffers significant unnecessary congestion as a result. What will you do to encourage cycling to schools?
Yes, cycling to school was the first step to becoming a grown up. Ignoring the congestion side of things cycling gives a child so many skills that they can use later on in life, and in addition safe cycling is good fun and something to keep kids active.

Have you pledged your support for a more bikeable Auckland at http://www.bikeableauckland.nz/?
No

Will you come for a ride with us?
Yes

John Riddell

Independent

Score: C

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Do you ride a bike? If so, what for (recreation, commuting, trips to the shop, etc) and how often?
occasionally for recreation

What do you think is the biggest barrier to bicycle-riding in the Henderson-Massey Local Board area and, if you are elected, what will you do about this?
Safety and the terrain

Bike Te Atatu has a proposal which can be seen at http://www.biketeatatu.org.nz/our-proposal/. We have presented this to the current local board.
The next few questions relate to our proposal.

Do you support lower speed limits in local streets across the whole HMLB area?
Maybe

Do you support separated cycleways where traffic is at 50kph or above across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you support funding for bicycle parking in town centres and sports fields across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you have any other comments about our proposal?
Yes at bicycle parking at park n rides and train and bus stations

The percentage of children biking to school is at its lowest point ever – just 3% of secondary school students and 2% of primary school pupils. Our area suffers significant unnecessary congestion as a result. What will you do to encourage cycling to schools?
I used to ride to schools, police used to give young children and teens plenty of help to ensure that bikes are fit for use on the road and our young are able to ride them. Off road separated cycle ways, and allowance for bikes to be used on footpaths would help. I am a H&S consultant. The end of the day you eliminate or minimise the risk taking all practical steps. However should recognise cars will be here in 100 years time so let us not penalise them

Have you pledged your support for a more bikeable Auckland at http://www.bikeableauckland.nz/?
No

Will you come for a ride with us?
Maybe

Brenda Brady

Independent

Score: B

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Do you ride a bike? If so, what for (recreation, commuting, trips to the shop, etc) and how often?
Yes, for recreation…must admit I’m not very fast and therefore don’t cycle on the road

What do you think is the biggest barrier to bicycle-riding in the Henderson-Massey Local Board area and, if you are elected, what will you do about this?
Our bike trails are not linked together. eg around Henderson they stop in the town centre; around Te Atatu in the shopping centre the area feels unsafe to bike. Need to work with AT and design solutions

Bike Te Atatu has a proposal which can be seen at http://www.biketeatatu.org.nz/our-proposal/. We have presented this to the current local board.
The next few questions relate to our proposal.

Do you support lower speed limits in local streets across the whole HMLB area?
No

Do you support separated cycleways where traffic is at 50kph or above across the whole HMLB area?
Maybe

Do you support funding for bicycle parking in town centres and sports fields across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you have any other comments about our proposal?
Solutions will be varied. It is the road/cycle layout and not just vehicle speed that provide safe solutions

The percentage of children biking to school is at its lowest point ever – just 3% of secondary school students and 2% of primary school pupils. Our area suffers significant unnecessary congestion as a result. What will you do to encourage cycling to schools?
Continue work with Safe Routes to Schools and co-fund with Auckland Transport each road/ cycle/pedestrian improvement program that comes out of each relationship

Have you pledged your support for a more bikeable Auckland at http://www.bikeableauckland.nz/?
Yes

Will you come for a ride with us?
Maybe

Peter Chan

Independent

Score: C

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Do you ride a bike? If so, what for (recreation, commuting, trips to the shop, etc) and how often?
About twice a month

What do you think is the biggest barrier to bicycle-riding in the Henderson-Massey Local Board area and, if you are elected, what will you do about this?
Lack of connected cycle links

Bike Te Atatu has a proposal which can be seen at http://www.biketeatatu.org.nz/our-proposal/. We have presented this to the current local board.
The next few questions relate to our proposal.

Do you support lower speed limits in local streets across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you support separated cycleways where traffic is at 50kph or above across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you support funding for bicycle parking in town centres and sports fields across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you have any other comments about our proposal?
It requires presentation to 21 Local Boards for more long term funding.

The percentage of children biking to school is at its lowest point ever – just 3% of secondary school students and 2% of primary school pupils. Our area suffers significant unnecessary congestion as a result. What will you do to encourage cycling to schools?
Through meetings with the schools,parents,police and Auckland Transport and mass media to promote cycling as a healthy exercise and. a convenient transport.Some. specific traffic management may be necessary.

Have you pledged your support for a more bikeable Auckland at http://www.bikeableauckland.nz/?
Yes

Will you come for a ride with us?
Maybe

Francisco Hernandez

Green Party

Score: A

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Do you ride a bike? If so, what for (recreation, commuting, trips to the shop, etc) and how often?
Recreation and some commuting – about twice a week.

What do you think is the biggest barrier to bicycle-riding in the Henderson-Massey Local Board area and, if you are elected, what will you do about this?
Accessibility and safety
Accessibility – biking isn’t very prevalent in low income communities because of the initial investment in buying a bike and the lack of resources to maintaining a bike. I want the local board to trial having bike resource centers at libraries, bike racks and parking, and in the long-term look into bike-share schemes like they have in Taipei and in many cities in Europe.

Safety
I’m a really, really crap biker so lack the confidence to bike without separated cycleways so I don’t tend to bike long-distance. I support local board initiatives to promote separated cycleways, dedicated cycleways and other measures that ensure cyclist safety.

Bike Te Atatu has a proposal which can be seen at http://www.biketeatatu.org.nz/our-proposal/. We have presented this to the current local board.
The next few questions relate to our proposal.

Do you support lower speed limits in local streets across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you support separated cycleways where traffic is at 50kph or above across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you support funding for bicycle parking in town centres and sports fields across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you have any other comments about our proposal?
Really looking forward to working with biking Te Atatu to facilitate better cycling and other active transport.

The percentage of children biking to school is at its lowest point ever – just 3% of secondary school students and 2% of primary school pupils. Our area suffers significant unnecessary congestion as a result. What will you do to encourage cycling to schools?
We’ve got a comprehensive safe to schools policy which will make biking and walking to school much safer. The full details of our policy are here: https://www.greens.org.nz/news/article/green-party-launches-new-plan-make-it-safe-walk-and-bike-school

Have you pledged your support for a more bikeable Auckland at http://www.bikeableauckland.nz/?
Yes

Will you come for a ride with us?
Yes

Shane Henderson

Labour

Score: A

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Do you ride a bike? If so, what for (recreation, commuting, trips to the shop, etc) and how often?
Yes for recreation, although I admit I learned as an adult and thus I’m still building my road confidence. I have ambitions to become a cycle commuter over time, and when I’m fully ready I’d be super keen to come cycling with the group.

What do you think is the biggest barrier to bicycle-riding in the Henderson-Massey Local Board area and, if you are elected, what will you do about this?
Cycling to school used to be common, but now due to safety concerns and a lack of completed infrastructure, only a small fraction of young people cycle to school. I think we need to invest in home and school zones across our area to address this, and get people seeing cycling as a commuter option at a young age. Separated cycleways to a high standard will encourage people to jump on a bike as well.

Bike Te Atatu has a proposal which can be seen at http://www.biketeatatu.org.nz/our-proposal/. We have presented this to the current local board.
The next few questions relate to our proposal.

Do you support lower speed limits in local streets across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you support separated cycleways where traffic is at 50kph or above across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you support funding for bicycle parking in town centres and sports fields across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you have any other comments about our proposal?
It is a sound proposal, and I am committed to working with Bike Te Atatu to get closer to these goals. I think if we are serious as a city in growing a smart transport network, reversing our negative environmental stats and helping our residents get fit then encouraging cycling is a no-brainer. I’m excited at what can be achieved.

The percentage of children biking to school is at its lowest point ever – just 3% of secondary school students and 2% of primary school pupils. Our area suffers significant unnecessary congestion as a result. What will you do to encourage cycling to schools?
As discussed, I’ve long been a supporter of home and school zones, with separated cycleways, traffic calming measures and an urban environment that promotes walking and cycling over vehicle use. I am hungry to get working on these zones, and I would love to have a close relationship with cycle advocacy groups as part of the process.

Have you pledged your support for a more bikeable Auckland at http://www.bikeableauckland.nz/?
Yes

Will you come for a ride with us?
Maybe

Reena Hira

Score: C

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Do you ride a bike? If so, what for (recreation, commuting, trips to the shop, etc) and how often?
No

What do you think is the biggest barrier to bicycle-riding in the Henderson-Massey Local Board area and, if you are elected, what will you do about this?
Safety with a shortage of dedicated bike lines

Bike Te Atatu has a proposal which can be seen at http://www.biketeatatu.org.nz/our-proposal/. We have presented this to the current local board.
The next few questions relate to our proposal.

Do you support lower speed limits in local streets across the whole HMLB area?
No

Do you support separated cycleways where traffic is at 50kph or above across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you support funding for bicycle parking in town centres and sports fields across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you have any other comments about our proposal?

The percentage of children biking to school is at its lowest point ever – just 3% of secondary school students and 2% of primary school pupils. Our area suffers significant unnecessary congestion as a result. What will you do to encourage cycling to schools?
Biking is great way to commute providing we can create a safe environment to do so. It is also a fantastic way to promote a healthier community. It’d be great to have incentives for people to bike to work. I also believe we should look into a bike share facility throughout the CBD to reduce cars on the road, demand for city parking which would be cheaper than catching a taxi for short commutes through the city.

Have you pledged your support for a more bikeable Auckland at http://www.bikeableauckland.nz/?
Yes

Will you come for a ride with us?
Maybe

Deborah Dougherty

Independent

Score: B

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Do you ride a bike? If so, what for (recreation, commuting, trips to the shop, etc) and how often?
Yes – recreation and on occasion, commute to my job, bus station, library, shops. My experience riding with congested traffic has been positive. I always wear a highlighter shirt or vest, I know the road rules and I communicate with the drivers.

My worst experience cycling in Auckland was using a shared pathway – pedestrians were angry with me and when I crossed the road I forgot that because I am using a footpath, I had to behave like a pedestrian – stop, look both ways and then continue cycling. I have now decided that it is safer to ride on the road, as shared pathways aren’t consistent and drivers apply the same rules to me as if I was in a car. Now I don’t get into trouble because I forgot to be a “pedestrian” when the shared path ran out!

What do you think is the biggest barrier to bicycle-riding in the Henderson-Massey Local Board area and, if you are elected, what will you do about this?
Topography and traffic are the biggest barriers to cycling in Auckland today.
Topography – Henderson-Massey is very hilly.
Traffic – congested and roads are narrow

There’s a bigger story here and it won’t be solved by applying the same rule everywhere. Te Atatu Peninula is uniquely flat compared to the rest of the Henderson-Massey area, and designated cycle ways will be used widely in that community for that reason alone.
To get kids on their bikes to get to school will take a combination of road rules education, dedicated cycle lanes (not shared with pedestrians) and a parental push (I have 5 adult kids and they hated cycling. The only time they willing got on a bike was when I took them “bush” using a mountain bike…!).
To get the rest of the H-M area on bikes might take some hill flattening and/or electric bikes!

Bike Te Atatu has a proposal which can be seen at http://www.biketeatatu.org.nz/our-proposal/. We have presented this to the current local board.
The next few questions relate to our proposal.

Do you support lower speed limits in local streets across the whole HMLB area?
Maybe

Do you support separated cycleways where traffic is at 50kph or above across the whole HMLB area?
Maybe

Do you support funding for bicycle parking in town centres and sports fields across the whole HMLB area?
Maybe

Do you have any other comments about our proposal?
I really need to do more due diligence before I respond decisively to the above questions. Your questions demand an application to the WHOLE of HMLB that may not be appropriate in some areas. In situ, your plan looks good for Te Atatu Peninsula with some adjustments.

The percentage of children biking to school is at its lowest point ever – just 3% of secondary school students and 2% of primary school pupils. Our area suffers significant unnecessary congestion as a result. What will you do to encourage cycling to schools?
It would be interesting to find out how those numbers compare to the socioeconomic scale. Can families afford bikes? Is it a habit that families got out of as their work lives/pressures increased? “Hon – drop the kids off to school on your way would ya?” When did schools stop teaching bike road safety? Is it because parents are afraid of predators? Did kids stop riding their bikes to school because they were sick of thievery?

What will I do?
1. Find out what dialogue is happening between schools and parents regarding this issue and respond to that.
2. Talk to the kids – why don’t they ride their bikes to school?

Have you pledged your support for a more bikeable Auckland at http://www.bikeableauckland.nz/?
No

Will you come for a ride with us?
Yes

Warren Flaunty

Independent

Score: A-

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Do you ride a bike? If so, what for (recreation, commuting, trips to the shop, etc) and how often?
Not any longer. However in my younger years it was always my primary source of transport.

What do you think is the biggest barrier to bicycle-riding in the Henderson-Massey Local Board area and, if you are elected, what will you do about this?
The biggest barrier to bicycle-riding not only in our area but in Auckland generally is the lack of cycle-ways which provide a safer environment for cyclists. We only have to look at the schools to see that very few children are using bikes as a form of transport to attend school. If elected I will continue to advocate for cycle-ways or shared cycle-ways and footpaths.

Bike Te Atatu has a proposal which can be seen at http://www.biketeatatu.org.nz/our-proposal/. We have presented this to the current local board.
The next few questions relate to our proposal.

Do you support lower speed limits in local streets across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you support separated cycleways where traffic is at 50kph or above across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you support funding for bicycle parking in town centres and sports fields across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you have any other comments about our proposal?
Very sound and thought provoking and as a Board we need to advocate to the Governing Body and Auckland Transport for a more integrated transport network particularly around our schools and extending the 40 kph speed zones.

The percentage of children biking to school is at its lowest point ever – just 3% of secondary school students and 2% of primary school pupils. Our area suffers significant unnecessary congestion as a result. What will you do to encourage cycling to schools?
I have basically covered this question but I can’t stress enough the importance of having a safe environment particularly around schools where students can again feel safe using bicycles. This can only be achieved by continually advocating to the appropriate authorities.
Safety on our roads and for our youth is non-negotiable.

Have you pledged your support for a more bikeable Auckland at http://www.bikeableauckland.nz/?
Yes

Will you come for a ride with us?
Yes

Georgina Papa

Labour

Score: C

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Do you ride a bike? If so, what for (recreation, commuting, trips to the shop, etc) and how often?
Yes for recreation but not as often as I would like

What do you think is the biggest barrier to bicycle-riding in the Henderson-Massey Local Board area and, if you are elected, what will you do about this?
Having a separate bicycle lane especially on busy streets and near schools. Look at how these can be implemented in the roading plan for Henderson-Massey

Bike Te Atatu has a proposal which can be seen at http://www.biketeatatu.org.nz/our-proposal/. We have presented this to the current local board.
The next few questions relate to our proposal.

Do you support lower speed limits in local streets across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you support separated cycleways where traffic is at 50kph or above across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you support funding for bicycle parking in town centres and sports fields across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you have any other comments about our proposal?
Thank you for the opportunity to read the plan and all the best for your proposal.

The percentage of children biking to school is at its lowest point ever – just 3% of secondary school students and 2% of primary school pupils. Our area suffers significant unnecessary congestion as a result. What will you do to encourage cycling to schools?
Talk with the schools about cycle friendly days and education and safety around biking to schools. Talk to locate Police about making a cycle lane to schools with marked cones on those cycle friendly days to encourage greater participation.

Have you pledged your support for a more bikeable Auckland at http://www.bikeableauckland.nz/?
No

Will you come for a ride with us?
Maybe

Luke Wilson

Independent

Score: A-

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Do you ride a bike? If so, what for (recreation, commuting, trips to the shop, etc) and how often?
Yes for recreation and commuting probably only once a week.

What do you think is the biggest barrier to bicycle-riding in the Henderson-Massey Local Board area and, if you are elected, what will you do about this?
Bike friendly arterial roads and good connections between existing cycleways. Advocate for AT to work towards a working cycle network.

Bike Te Atatu has a proposal which can be seen at http://www.biketeatatu.org.nz/our-proposal/. We have presented this to the current local board.
The next few questions relate to our proposal.

Do you support lower speed limits in local streets across the whole HMLB area?
Maybe

Do you support separated cycleways where traffic is at 50kph or above across the whole HMLB area?
No

Do you support funding for bicycle parking in town centres and sports fields across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you have any other comments about our proposal?
I would like to see a trial location for the lower speed that ties into the school 40 kmph zones, either Henderson school zone or Te Atatu Peninsula. Some roads should get separate cycle lanes, where the roads are narrow or have yellow lines.

The percentage of children biking to school is at its lowest point ever – just 3% of secondary school students and 2% of primary school pupils. Our area suffers significant unnecessary congestion as a result. What will you do to encourage cycling to schools?
I have two children who cycle most days. I’m local to the school so it is easy. Safety is probably the biggest thing, so I would support more cycle safety programmes in schools, and would support widening the 40kmph school zone.

Have you pledged your support for a more bikeable Auckland at http://www.bikeableauckland.nz/?
Yes

Will you come for a ride with us?
Yes

William Hakaoro

Auckland Future

Score: A-

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Do you ride a bike? If so, what for (recreation, commuting, trips to the shop, etc) and how often?
Yes I use to for recreation but my bike is still here but with a flat tyre.

What do you think is the biggest barrier to bicycle-riding in the Henderson-Massey Local Board area and, if you are elected, what will you do about this?
I will advocate for a separate cycle way that is safe and will encourage everyone to ride on their bikes

Bike Te Atatu has a proposal which can be seen at http://www.biketeatatu.org.nz/our-proposal/. We have presented this to the current local board.
The next few questions relate to our proposal.

Do you support lower speed limits in local streets across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you support separated cycleways where traffic is at 50kph or above across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you support funding for bicycle parking in town centres and sports fields across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you have any other comments about our proposal?
I am in support of your proposal and will strongly advocate for changes.

The percentage of children biking to school is at its lowest point ever – just 3% of secondary school students and 2% of primary school pupils. Our area suffers significant unnecessary congestion as a result. What will you do to encourage cycling to schools?
I will strongly advocate for a separate cycleways to be safe and encourage more cycling to schools.

Have you pledged your support for a more bikeable Auckland at http://www.bikeableauckland.nz/?
Yes

Will you come for a ride with us?
Yes

Tracy Yoon

Score: C

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Do you ride a bike? If so, what for (recreation, commuting, trips to the shop, etc) and how often?
Yes for recreation

What do you think is the biggest barrier to bicycle-riding in the Henderson-Massey Local Board area and, if you are elected, what will you do about this?
Safety and accessibility.
My honest answer is that I wasn’t aware of such demand in our area. We will need to communicate with our community to raise public awareness of the issue and work together to come up with solution that best satisfies our community.

Bike Te Atatu has a proposal which can be seen at http://www.biketeatatu.org.nz/our-proposal/. We have presented this to the current local board.
The next few questions relate to our proposal.

Do you support lower speed limits in local streets across the whole HMLB area?
No

Do you support separated cycleways where traffic is at 50kph or above across the whole HMLB area?
Maybe

Do you support funding for bicycle parking in town centres and sports fields across the whole HMLB area?
Maybe

Do you have any other comments about our proposal?

The percentage of children biking to school is at its lowest point ever – just 3% of secondary school students and 2% of primary school pupils. Our area suffers significant unnecessary congestion as a result. What will you do to encourage cycling to schools?
I strongly support this idea for our children and even adults to use bicycles for transportation. For this I’d first promote the idea to raise public interest and support for separated cycle-ways to meet the demand.

Have you pledged your support for a more bikeable Auckland at http://www.bikeableauckland.nz/?
Yes

Will you come for a ride with us?
Yes

Paula Bold-Wilson

Labour

Score: A-

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Do you ride a bike? If so, what for (recreation, commuting, trips to the shop, etc) and how often?
Not so often these days although I did a lot when I was younger.

What do you think is the biggest barrier to bicycle-riding in the Henderson-Massey Local Board area and, if you are elected, what will you do about this?
As a mum, I would love my children to ride their bikes around their community, but to be honest, like many people, I am concerned about their safety. I think in NZ, car users in general are often poorly educated about safety and sharing the road with cyclists, and that there is a level of arrogance, that roads are only designed for motor vehicles.

Moreover, due to poorly designed roads, especially those with two car lanes do not create safe areas for cyclists, especially on busy roads such as Great North road. It would be great to see cycle ways along these busy roads, similar to those on the motorway, and more safer places for children and families to bike. I do like Bike Te Atatu’s proposal to have slower road limits around specific areas in our community, as I believe this will provide individuals with a greater level of reassurance, and encourage more children and families to cycle in our communities.

If elected, I would lobby strongly for safe bike ways for major commuter routes not just scenic routes, and discuss Bike Te Atatu’s proposals in greater depth. If we want to encourage people to use bikes instead of cars, we need to make sure our commuter routes are safe for all members of our community. I would also promote education campaigns about safe and responsible road sharing, with cyclists.

Bike Te Atatu has a proposal which can be seen at http://www.biketeatatu.org.nz/our-proposal/. We have presented this to the current local board.
The next few questions relate to our proposal.

Do you support lower speed limits in local streets across the whole HMLB area?
Maybe

Do you support separated cycleways where traffic is at 50kph or above across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you support funding for bicycle parking in town centres and sports fields across the whole HMLB area?
Yes

Do you have any other comments about our proposal?
I like the proposals and would like to see these kinds of ideas extended further, particularly into the areas of the commuter bike experience.

The percentage of children biking to school is at its lowest point ever – just 3% of secondary school students and 2% of primary school pupils. Our area suffers significant unnecessary congestion as a result. What will you do to encourage cycling to schools?
Both my children, are schooled outside of their community, and therefore use public transport. In a conversation with my 15 year old son who catches the bus, he stated that he would have to catch the train, and bike from there as it was the only public transport which would allow him to take his bike.

However, in answering this question, I did a bit of research which identified that if we want children to ride bikes they need to have adult exemplars to follow (i.e. they need to see adults they know riding bikes). and that they need adult co-riders until approximately 10 or 11 because of the issue of peripheral vision not being well enough developed for unsupervised road biking.

Accordingly, I would support and encourage parents and children riding to school together. This would both assist children prior to 11 to develop the road safety skills they will need later in life and also encourage all children to see biking as a practical, fun and safe way to get around.

I would also support schools to offer parent and child bike education classes.

Have you pledged your support for a more bikeable Auckland at http://www.bikeableauckland.nz/?
Yes

Will you come for a ride with us?
Yes

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.