Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Cyclists urged to vote 'with their wheels'



Cycling advocates call for cyclists to vote 'with their wheels'

Cycling advocacy group Cycling Advocates Network (CAN) today launched a General Election 2008 resource to help candidates and voters who want to support cycling. The aim is to build the numbers of cyclists who vote 'with their wheels'.

CAN spokesperson Stephen McKernon says, "we want parties, candidates and voters to support cycling through this Election. About 750,000 voters, or 26% of voters, are cyclists. This is a huge chunk of the electorate."

McKernon comments "a vote for cycling is also a vote for better transport, health, neighbourhoods and economic growth. It's not a vote for the demands of a fringe group, it's a vote for things that lie at the heart of a better way of life for all. A vote for cycling stands for a lot more than just cycling."

"Cyclists have huge voting power. Parties and candidates need to be aware of this during this Election, as do cyclists. Political action has a long tradition within cycling, so 'voting with one's wheels' is not a new idea. But it is new to many New Zealand candidates and cyclists, and we want to encourage them to support cycling."

The resources can be found on CAN's Election Campaign website (http://can.org.nz/elections). They include information packs countering myths about cycling with facts and figures, and profiles of party and candidate support for cycling. These profiles are being completed as parties and candidates make their policy clear. CAN will also conduct a very brief survey with as many candidates as possible to assess their individual level of support.

"These resources are designed to help candidates communicate their support to cyclists, and to help cyclists assess who they want to vote for" says McKernon. "We hope this resource will be of major use to all this Election."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament.

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>


Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>


Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election