Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Time for Govt to fund cycle lanes to protect cyclists

Time for Govt to fund cycle lanes to protect cyclists

The Green Party is challenging the Government to come up with some real solutions to make cycling safe.

The Green Party believes Associate Transport Minister Michael Woodhouse was right to reject some of the coroner’s safety recommendations in relation to the death of Police Superintendent Steve Fitzgerald but has yet to step up and fund the cycle lanes needed to protect people who cycle.

“Compulsory wearing of high visibility clothing and use of cycle lanes no matter what their condition are two recommendations that are not particularly helpful for securing the safety of people who cycle,” said Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter today.

“Michael Woodhouse is right to highlight the current poor condition of urban cycle lanes. He is the one, however, in the best position to start funding the construction of safe, separated cycle lanes.

“The Government is missing a huge opportunity for cycling to be a serious, cost effective transport option for short trips. More than half of peak hour trips in New Zealand are less than 5 kilometres – a distance that can be easily cycled by most of us.

“Surveys show many New Zealanders want to cycle more, but they don't feel safe.

“It would cost a tiny fraction of the National Government’s $13 billion spend on motorways to co-fund the building of safe cycling infrastructure throughout New Zealand.

“For example, a safe cycling route between Wellington and Lower Hutt – the route Steve Fitzgerald was killed on – has languished for years from lack of funding from the National Government.

“A minimum passing distance law would also help motorists understand how to overtake bicycles and other slow moving vehicles safely.

“Cycling is good for people and has substantial flow on health and congestion benefits. It can bring our towns and cities back to life.

“The huge revival of interest in cycling means it deserves to be funded more than the current funding of less than one percent of the Government’s total transport budget,” said Ms Genter.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Two Dead, One Injured: Suspect Arrested After Ashburton Shooting

Police apprehended Russell John Tully just after 5pm this evening following the armed incident in Ashburton this morning.

Canterbury dog section and AOS apprehended Tully not far from Lake Hood. No shots were fired although Tully will be treated for minor dog-bite injuries.

Tully is now in custody at Ashburton Police Station. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

John Key Press Conference: Ashburton Shootings, Judith Collins Inquiry

Prime Minister John Key has delayed the release of Nationals’ fiscal policy in light of this morning’s shooting at a Work and Income office in Ashburton... Key also answered questions about Judith Collins, and confirmed that independent inquiry will be held with regard to allegations made against Collins. More>>

ALSO:

Internet MANA: Georgina Beyer Rocks The Waka

“There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority of MANA members and supporters around the country” states MANA Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. More>>

ALSO:

IGIS Update: Inquiry Into Release Of NZSIS Information

The Inquiry would be conducted in private and individuals would appear before her separately over a period of more than a week. She does not intend to name those summoned to give evidence until her report is published. “I can confirm that all persons summoned will be required to appear under oath...” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On John Key’s ‘Blame It On Judith’ Strategy

Right now, Prime Minister John Key seems intent on limiting the scope of any inquiry into his government’s dealings with Cameron Slater. The declared aim is to make that inquiry solely about Judith Collins’ behavior with respect to the Serious Fraud Office. More>>

ALSO:

Maori Council Lawyers' Statement: Supreme Court Decision On Maori Water Rights

“…the Supreme Court refused to give Pouakani people what they asked for, but may have given them something much, much better instead… the Supreme Court has questioned whether the Crown owns the River at all.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Debate, And The Collins Accusation

Debating is a peculiar discipline in that what you say is less important than how you’re saying it. Looking poised, being articulate and staying on topic generally wins the day – and on that score, Labour leader David Cunliffe won what turned out to be a bruising encounter with Prime Minister John Key last night on TVNZ. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Winston Peters' Latest Bout Of Immigrant Bashing

It is only one poll, but rather than cannibalising each other's vote, Colin Craig and Winston Peters do seem to be managing to find the room to co-exist... Few are questioning how Peters got to this happy place, and what it says about the mood of the electorate. More>>

ALSO:

More Immigration News: First People Trafficking Charges

The first people trafficking charges in New Zealand have been brought by Immigration New Zealand (INZ)... The defendants have been charged under the Crimes Act 1961 for arranging by deception the entry of 18 Indian nationals into New Zealand. More>>

Collins 'Misinterprets Media Reports': "Too Compromised To Remain Justice Minister"

Bizarre claims by Judith Collins this morning that she had been cleared of inappropriate behaviour by the Privacy Commissioner demonstrates she is too compromised to remain Justice Minister, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news