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Cycle to your polling booth on voting day!

Cycle to your polling booth on voting day!

The Cycling Advocates Network (CAN) is calling for all cyclists to cycle to their polling booth this Election wearing bright safety clothing.

CAN spokes person Stephen McKernon says, "about 750,000 or a quarter of voters cycle. Imagine if they all rode to their local polling booth on Election day. Imagine the decrease in traffic congestion and pollution, and the increase in colourful, healthy fun and socialising!"

"Cycling shows people want a better quality of life from the next government, irrespective of party," says McKernon. "It says people want roads that are safer, less congested and less polluting. It says they want communities that are more social and support a stronger local economy. It also says they want to live healthier, more enjoyable lives and cut costs during times of hardship."

CAN's survey of 520 election candidates shows a quarter support an increase in provision for cycling.

"The poll shows candidates see cycling as more than just a marginal or single-party cause. Cycling stands for better roads, health, lifestyles and communities. These are also things all voters can value," says McKernon.

"A higher proportion of candidates supported cycling among the Alliance, Green, Labour and Maori parties," he says. "It is not CAN's intention to support one party over another, but the poll clearly shows some parties are more aligned with cycling and its beneficial effects than others."

The poll results and other useful information about cycling in New Zealand can be found on http://can.org.nz/elections.

CAN is a national voice for cyclists in promoting cycling as an enjoyable, healthy, low-cost and environment-friendly activity, and as a key part of an integrated, sustainable transport system.


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