Bike-Friendly Candidates

Mayoral Candidates

Chlöe Swarbrick

Independent

“Cycling needs to be taken seriously as the huge growth area it is in our city, and I will work to see that all new (inevitable) roading developments are accompanied by safe cycling areas, demarcated from the road, alongside. I will investigate areas requiring increased cycling safety and promotion, and work with the local communities to ensure that their goals are reached.”

Council Candidates

Richard Hills

A Positive Voice for the Shore

North Shore Ward

“As a local board member, I have strongly advocated for and led an increase of cycling investment, new connections, safer streets and lobbied on behalf of our community for Skypath, Seapath and Northcote Safe Cycle Route. Hopefully, as an elected Auckland Councillor I can do that regionally too. Thank you all for the work you’re all doing!”

Cathy Casey

City Vision

Albert-Eden-Roskill Ward

“I have been e-biking from Mt Albert to my work at the Town Hall for the last three years. I absolutely love the buzz of the ride at the beginning and end of every day regardless of the weather. I only use my car on the weekends to transport my dogs around or during the week if I have an appointment out of Auckland or need to carry a heavy load. I have seen a huge increase in commuting cyclists during that time and an veritable e-bike revolution! I want everybody to experience the joy of riding a bike and support all means of making cycling safer for people of all ages. Bring on the cycle lanes!”

Peter Haynes

City Vision

Albert-Eden-Roskill Ward

“Sign me up! City Vision prioritises cycling as a healthy, active mode of transport. We will continue to support and fund measures to increase the number of people walking and cycling for recreation, local trips and commuting. We will continue to work to increase cycling and pedestrian safety. The Albert-Eden Local Board, of which I have been chair for 6 years, adopted a greenways plan last term and is seeing significant shared paths and cycleways built in its area. It has greatly increased traffic calming in its area, and is about to add Copenhagen lanes to New North Rd as part of the Mt Albert-Town Centre upgrade.”

Penny Hulse

Independent – West at Heart

Waitākere Ward

“I am a very keen cyclist, cycling to work in the city every day from my home in Te Atatu Peninsula. I can do this easily thanks to the fabulous cycle ways. My e-bike has revolutionised my life and I am committed to creating a cycle safe Auckland to make it much easier for people to choose to cycle to work (and with their families for fun!)”

Chris Darby

Taking the Shore Forward

North Shore Ward

“In the current council term and as a first-term councillor I took the political lead to advance cycling. From forming the Cycle Advisory Group, to bring together all the voices for cycling, we achieved a substantial increase in the cycling budget for 2015-18. That budget has allowed a major lift in the delivery of safe cycling cycleways and shared paths across Auckland.

Since 2005 I have been involved with SkyPath and in my first term at council have seen this public-private partnership be endorsed by council. To ensure forward budgets reflect the community desire to see vastly improved active connections through parks, stormwater reserves and along coastal edges I instigated the Greenways Leadership Group. This group is in the process of rebranding greenways and finalising a regional plan for delivery right across Auckland.

Looking ahead I will continue to take the political lead in favour of modern day mobility and prepare Auckland for the electric bike revolution.

And I will continue to bike and ferry to town hall on my lovely belt-driven Avanti Inc 3, just as I have these last few years.”

Greg Presland

Labour

Waitākere Ward

“I fully support Bike Auckland’s plans for making Auckland a bike friendly city and to complete and improve the city’s bike network.”

Fa’anana Efeso Collins

Labour

Manukau Ward

“I’m excited to support the aspiration of seeing more Aucklanders cycling as a real and sustainable mode of transport. For the residents of Manukau such an option is good for personal health and wellbeing, reduces the family spend on petrol and great for family time during the weekend. We can do it Auckland and I’d encourage you to use the bike for leisure, and a real option for travel to and from work and school.”

Brendan Corbett

Respect Our Community Campaign

Manukau Ward

“I am a life long commuter cyclist.
Bike riding and trains are a fantastic combination for city travelling. Auckland needs safe cycle ways to get students back on to bikes and parents feeling confident they will be safe getting to and from school.

Manukau is the flattest district in greater Auckland and should be the cycle capital of Auckland. With more safe cycle ways getting to work by bike has to become a significant option. The community led model of Māngere Bike Fit,for example, is one great way to address the health and transport needs of our citizens. These types of initiatives should be well supported by council.

If elected to council I will continue to commute by bike and train and advocate for more cycleways especially in the outer suburbs and industrial areas.”

Local Board Candidates

Jessica Rose

City Vision

Albert-Eden Local Board (Owairaka Subdivision)

“Riding a bike for some of your trips is the best thing you can do for yourself, your family and your community, right now. You’ll save money, be healthier, protect the environment, be less stressed, and find that you love your city in a way you can’t from any other vehicle. That’s why I support Bike Auckland’s vision for a more bikeable city.”

Glenda Fryer

City Vision

Albert-Eden Local Board (Owairaka Subdivision)

“Myself and the City Vision team in Albert Eden have been installing cycle lanes in our area since 2006 and will continue to do so. The new Mt Albert towncentre upgrade which starts in October has ‘Copenhagen’ lanes. I support transport choice and will actively support and fund measures to increase the number of people walking and cycling for recreation, local trips and commuting. I will seek to implement the Vision Zero strategy, working towards a safe network of streets in which zero pedestrians or cyclists are killed or seriously injured.”

Margi Watson

City Vision

Albert-Eden Local Board (Owairaka Subdivision)

“Making Auckland and our communities bike-friendly has to be a priority for everyone. Whether it’s to school, work, the local shops, library or for health, we have to keep building for bikes. I’ve been pleased to be able to help secure the Waterview to Owairaka Shared Path and the Waterview BMX track which opens soon. Yay!”

Piet Ubels

City Vision

Albert-Eden Local Board (Maungawhau Subdivision)

“I definitely support Bike Auckland’s 3-part vision! With a safe network complete the benefits to our neighbourhood’s environment, healthcare and community will be enormous! Keep up the good work!”

Brodie-Jean Hoare

City Vision

Albert-Eden Local Board (Maungawhau Subdivision)

“At the moment we have a city made for cars, not for people. When we begin to move away from this focus we will build communities, improve fitness, target mental health, reduce carbon emissions, and become better connected with the physical environment we commute everyday in. The catch is that this needs to be relatively safe, accessible and easy for everyone, and this will only happen when we put just money where our mouth is on cycling infrastructure.”

Rebecca Shrubshall

Kaipātiki Voice

Kaipātiki Local Board

“I support initiatives that allow for safe travel for cyclists and pedestrians because these will all help to manage traffic and provide for greater access to easier, healthier and more sustainable transport modes. I am hugely excited to see Skypath becoming a reality. I look forward to supporting more cycle links within Kaipātiki and, via skypath, to the greater Auckland region.”

Ann Hartley

Kaipātiki Voice

Kaipātiki Local Board

“We’ve done so much already. But there is a lot more to do. I took the petition to parliament for a cycle path over the Harbour Bridge in 2002, great to see Skypath finally happening. I will partner with Bike Auckland/Kaipātiki to plan and support safe cycling in Kaipātiki.”

Lindsay Waugh

Kaipātiki Voice

Kaipātiki Local Board

“Although I don’t currently own a bike, the prospect of being able to bike the bridge and across to Takapuna has made me put an e-bike on my Christmas list.”

Kurt Taogaga

City Vision

Waitematā Local Board

“City Vision has supported in the past and will continue to support increased funding to measures that allow people to use their bikes for a wide range of activities, including for recreation, to commute to work or school or to local trips, etc.

I am in full agreement with each of your three points on what it will take to create a ‘Bikeable Auckland’. My bike is currently my primary form of transport, so I’m backing you guys 100% in your quest to make this a reality.”

Pippa Coom

City Vision

Waitematā Local Board

“I’m motivated to make Auckland a great cycling city of the world because there are so many benefits for everyone. Over the last six years, I’ve led the transport portfolio of the Waitematā Local Board supporting walking, cycling and public transport use, improved road safety, and a reduction in congestion and carbon emissions. Looking forward, my priorities include slower speeds in the city centre and residential streets, and implementing Vision Zero (working towards zero fatalities or serious injuries in Auckland). I’ll also work for changes to the give way rule to improve pedestrian safety; improved wayfinding; and opening up more greenways routes for walking and biking access (including the old Parnell tunnel).”

Morgan Avery

Independent

Waitematā Local Board

“I’ve been doored off by a courier and gone sprawling in traffic on Ponsonby Rd, gone tumbling head over heels over a drunk driver, and barely grabbed onto the roof rack to stay out from underneath a car that turned through me on K Rd. Oddly enough, now the thought of my son ever riding on Auckland roads gives me the absolute shivers, but with improved cycling infrastructure – namely more protected cycle lanes, plus the protection we’ll get once we hit a critical mass of riders and even antagonistic drivers have to start taking us seriously – my shivers will go away and my boy, in a few years when he learns to ride, will be allowed to do the apparently reckless things that we all took for granted when we were kids – like bike to the shops to get a bag of jet planes or into town to see a movie. Vote Avery, no more shivers.”

Richard Northey

City Vision

Waitematā Local Board

“As a City Vision candidate for the Waitematā Local Board I am committed to making Auckland a more cycling friendly city. I support City Vision policies of extending and connecting safe cycleways for commuting, recreation and just getting around in a way that is healthy for cyclists and for the planet by reducing carbon emissions. I support the cycling and walking route on the Harbour Bridge, through the old Parnell tunnel and opening up more greenways routes for walking and biking. I support the repair and upgrade of unsafe footpaths and paths through parks. I support the Vision Zero strategy of developing a safe network of streets with lower speed limits and in which zero pedestrians or cyclists are killed or seriously injured.”

Vernon Tava

City Vision

Waitematā Local Board

“I am a member of the Waitematā Local Board that by dint of both its location in the inner city and surrounding suburbs​,​ and the broad popularity of cycling, is at the epicentre of the wave of cycling infrastructure investment in Auckland this term. I fully support it. ​Separated cycleways make all the difference in encouraging more people to get on their bikes. ​​In the next term, I will push for the K Road cycleway to be completed as soon as possible.”

Shale Chambers

City Vision

Waitematā Local Board

“Auckland needs to become a great city in which to cycle safely to the benefit of all. Over the last six years, I’ve chaired and led the Waitematā Local Board that has been at the local board forefront of championing and supported walking, cycling and public transport use, improved road safety, and a reduction in congestion and carbon emissions, and has seen that effort help transform Auckland’s thinking. We continue to prioritise slower speeds in the city centre and residential streets, and implementing Vision Zero, and the rollout of separated or safe cycleways like Franklin Road, and to see the completion of the cycle network. We continue to work to see more greenways routes for walking and cycling under our Greenways Plan, including the Cox’s Bay to Grey Lynn route and in future the old Parnell tunnel, improved pedestrian safety, and better wayfinding.”

Adriana Christie

City Vision

Waitematā Local Board

“I fully support a Bikeable City. As a former triathlete, I would ride my bike daily as training. I felt very unsafe sometimes riding around Auckland, buses get too close, cars dont see you,etc. Protected cycling lanes and appropriate lighting are so important. The Waitematā Local Board has started incredible work already to implement safety for cyclists. If elected I will continue support that great work, as the safer our roads are for cyclist the more residents will go out with their family and enjoy the city in a healthier and more sustainable way.”

Julie Fairey

City Vision

Puketāpapa Local Board

“Absolutely support your Bikeable Auckland initiative! Thanks for your ongoing advocacy and the research you do that helps our city become a better place to bike, and to live.”

Anne-Marie Coury

City Vision

Puketāpapa Local Board

“Advocating for bike friendly environments over the past four years, I have been delighted with the Puketapapa Local Board’s ground breaking Greenways plan. If I am elected I will be keen to foster intergenerational biking activities in Roskill and other neighbourhoods across the Board area. Many seniors have strong biking experience from their youth, but it takes confidence building programmes to prepare them for regular riding. The Bike Kitchen is an initiative I am pleased to support. Perhaps a social enterprise that creates jobs can start here. It’s important that urban design enables safer walking and cycling.”

David Holm

City Vision

Puketāpapa Local Board

“As a secondary student in Wellington, I biked about 6 kilometres to school. Recent suggestions that less than 5% of New Zealand students now do this are most disappointing. In Puketāpapa, we had two walking / cycling bridges across State Highway 20 which linked with cycleways on one side only. My greatest achievement in three years as the local board transport spokesperson has been to help initiate and further projects which will by the end of the year join these bridges with local schools, parks and a community centre. We had to overcome attempted delays over parking losses. If re-elected, my team will focus on increased use of cycleways by promoting the ownership and maintenance of bikes and safety education, particularly for schoolchildren and the elderly. A truly liveable Auckland requires less car use and reduced spending on roads and parking.”

Harry Doig

Roskill Community Voice

Puketāpapa Local Board

“As a long time cyclist, having cycled regularly to school, to work, for fitness, and for leisure, I am keen to promote and support any measures that the Puketāpapa Local Board can do to promote cycling. We already have a great network of cycle ways in Mt Roskill – the Greenways Plan– and this network is being expanded with the Mt Roskill Safer routes due for completion this year and the Walmsley/Underwood project due to begin construction in the next few months.
Cycling is good for our fitness, and the environment, and is efficient, and cheap!”

Tiaria Fletcher

Labour

Henderson-Massey Local Board

“Auckland has the opportunity to create a strong biking culture, where cars are the 3rd travel option after bikes and public transport. But I want a safe and enjoyable biking for our citizens and that means getting behind great initiatives such as Bikeable Auckland and at a local level our own Bike Te Atatu. Kia kaha Auckland!”

Matt Grey

Labour

Henderson-Massey Local Board

“I love cycling to work. With the advancement of technology (particularly with the E-Bike) it is becoming more accessible for more people to cycle so must become a significant future option for computing to work and enjoying family outings along cycle ways”

Francisco Hernandez

Green Party

Henderson-Massey Local Board

“For Henderson-Massey to truly thrive as a world class community, we need to make biking safe, fun and accessible for everyone. I’m looking forward to working with Bike Te Atatu to make this happen.”

Paula Bold-Wilson

Labour

Henderson-Massey Local Board

“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. If we want to encourage people to use bikes, we need to make sure our commuter routes are safe, provide more cycle ways, and educate our children about cycling safety.”

Shane Henderson

Labour

Henderson-Massey Local Board

“I support the three part vision for a truly bikeable Auckland. I want our local board to contribute to linking our cycle network across Henderson-Massey, improving existing linkages and to implement safe streets around zones with a high density of local school travel. Our small capital improvements budget should be used as a catalyst with help from an Auckland Cycleways Fund to deliver smarter transport options in Henderson-Massey”

Nicholas Mayne

Upper Harbour Local Board

“As our climate changes so must how our communities are being designed. The outdated means of design was to build communities around access to roads that transport cars; at the neglect of active transport options including cycling and walking. I am committed to ensuring our communities are transitioning to designs based on active transport. Ensuring that we have walking and cycling paths that are safe, pleasant, social, and connect communities to the places they need to go.”

Jonathan McDonald

Upper Harbour Local Board

“I strongly support the building of bike friendly infrastructure across Auckland including the Skypath and cycle-ways around Upper Harbour. Being able to safely bike to school or work or simply for recreation should be a right of all Aucklanders. By increasing the opportunities for people to bike around Auckland, we get cars off the road and provide a last mile option for users of our public transport network.”

Dorthe Siggaard

Green Party

Orākei Local Board

“I support Bike Auckland’s vision for a much more bikeable city. If elected to the Orākei Local Board I will be pushing for more separated bike lanes. To make more people bike we need to make them feel safe when they bike.”

Geoff Dobson

Independent

Rodney Local Board (Kumeu Subdivision)

“I have cycled around Auckland for work and recreation for nearly 40 years, including from my Swanson home to work in Mt Roskill, then Henderson, Takapuna and Penrose in all weathers before cycle lanes were started and even as they were being built (North-Western Motorway). So I understand the need for cycleways and shared pathways to help improve safety.

I still regularly cycle around the Kumeu area for health and fitness.

I have been a strong advocate for cycling through the media I’ve worked with. One of the last was demonstrating the 1.5 metre safety width suggested for motorists passing cyclists, showing the concerns on Rodney’s often narrow, shoulderless roads.”

Christine O’Brien

Labour

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board

“Māngere-Ōtāhuhu WILL be the biking capital of the Pacific. I support more cycleways as well as safer biking and walking in Māngere-Ōtāhuhu and across greater Auckland. I’m delighted with two new safe-cycling paths in our patch, which have opened in the last few weeks – Te Ara Mua/Future Streets and the SHA20/Williams Park bike path – both in Māngere. As a local board, we’ve insisted bike lanes be included with upgrades to Station Road in Ōtāhuhu and lockable bike racks at the new Bus/Rail Interchange. In a new term, we would plough on with our Greenways plan and more cycle lanes.”

Lemauga Lydia Sosene

Labour

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board

“As a candidate, I would strongly support the vision of Bikeable Auckland.
As the Chair of the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board, we were the first Local Board to endorse the local cycling and walking project, Te Ara Mua Future Streets, Making Māngere Streets Safer.”

Ben Ross

Papakura First

Papakura Local Board

“I believe in an 8-80 City that is a city that is safe while having high amenities for both our young and older citizens.
As a candidate for Papakura Local Board I support the Bike Auckland vision through my future commitment to Papakura in advocating for the funding of the Papakura Greenways Program so more can enjoy cycling/walking in our local community.
I also will advocate for lower speed limits in our quiet residential streets and the Papakura Metropolitan Centre to also encourage walking/cycling while improving amenity to our community.”

District Health Board Candidates

Jeanette Elley

City Vision Health

Auckland District Health Board

“Hi, I’m Dr Jeanette Elley, City Vision Health candidate for Auckland District Health Board (ADHB). I’m an enthusiastic supporter of any initiative to make Auckland a bike-friendly city. Cycling has so many health benefits, both physically and mentally, and if more people cycle then that will ease both road congestion and air pollution. More people will get out there and ride their bikes if we have more cycleways and safe places for people to ride. So let’s do it! Let’s make Auckland a bike-friendly city. To help make this happen tick City Vision candidates for Council and Local Board, and vote 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 for City Vision Health candidates in the ADHB election. Remember that the DHB elections in Auckland are slightly different and you need to rank the candidates for that one. Cheers! :)”

Michelle Atkinson

City Vision Health

Auckland District Health Board

“I support Bikeable Auckland because good urban planning and opportunities for exercise help our communities live healthy lives.”

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