Who Are The Cycle Friendly Candidates In Canterbury?

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Fri 7/Sep/07 3:15pm

The local government elections are coming up on the 13th of October 2007 and it's worth taking the time to consider which candidates will make your town a nicer place to live. Our original thought was to send out questionnaires to the candidates with various cycling related questions. The problem with that is that we're bound to only hear from cycle friendly candidates(good) or from those who are good at the political game and will just talk the talk but not actually deliver(bad).

So, to identify the cycle friendly candidates out there we thought we'd ask you, the 56,000+ Vorbii out there to let us know which candidates have done stuff for the cycling community. In early October we'll compile these candidates and their activities into an easy to read list for your voting pleasure.

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If you know of a local candidate who has made the place you live a more cycling friendly place. They may have supported the setting up of mountain bike trails, cycling events, or extra bike paths, or perhaps they've even turned up to work parties and tree planting.

Please Image and let us know about the cycle friendly candidates and what they've done. If you'd like to add your wishlist for cycle-related actions you'd like to see from local candidates that'd be good too.
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Postby mtbrat on Fri 7/Sep/07 4:56pm

Paul de Spa would say he is.
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Postby Nordy on Sat 8/Sep/07 6:22pm

Count one out. Graham Condon was killed today while cycling in Canterbury

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A Christchurch City Councillor and former paralympian was killed today when his bicycle was hit by a car in Christchurch, police say.

Graham Condon, a paraplegic, was riding a three-wheeled bike when he was hit on Lower Styx Rd, in Brooklands, at 10.30am, Detective Sergeant Dorothy McPhail of Papanui police said.

"It would appear that a car has failed to negotiate a corner crossing the centre line hitting a cyclist travelling in the opposite direction," she said.

"The cyclist became trapped between the car and another vehicle which was travelling behind the cyclist."

She named the cyclist as Mr Condon, a 58-year-old Christchurch City Councillor.

Ms McPhail said there were five people travelling in the car which collided with his bike.

The female driver had been hospitalised with whiplash and a suspected broken ankle.

One of the other passengers also required hospital treatment for a minor injury. The other passengers were not injured.

The driver of the vehicle travelling behind Mr Condon was not injured.

Mr Condon was a councillor representing the Shirley/Papanui Ward.

He was also a paralympian, representing New Zealand at six Paralympic Games and 17 international events between 1968 and 1988. He has held world records in the 200m, 1500m and 5000m wheelchair track events and won seven Paralympic medals.

He also played wheelchair rugby for Canterbury when he retired from the athletics track.

He was awarded a Queen's Service Medal and was a Justice of the Peace.

Ms McPhail said further investigation was needed before any charges were laid.

Lower Styx Rd was closed for several hours while a scene examination was carried out.
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Postby Fergie on Sun 9/Sep/07 9:05am

15 year old girl at the wheel. Last week a group including Russel Ward were hit by a car when the driver had a stroke.

With this s**t from other drivers and the Magpie issue we need to get on to Council and find out who will help make our roads more cycle friendly!
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Postby swtchbckr on Mon 10/Sep/07 11:25am

mtbrat wrote: Paul de Spa would say he is.


I would say that Paul deSpa is too. He bikes most places, so knows very well what is needed and where...
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Postby Percy Pig on Mon 10/Sep/07 11:53am

Fergie wrote: 15 year old girl at the wheel. Last week a group including Russel Ward were hit by a car when the driver had a stroke.

With this s**t from other drivers and the Magpie issue we need to get on to Council and find out who will help make our roads more cycle friendly!


Tha magpies around Gebbies Pass is an ECAN issue apparently, so ring them and give them shit about it, the slack beyotches!

In Vic Park they would be a Rangers issue, but the ones in there seem to be ok this year. :)
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Postby mtbrat on Fri 14/Sep/07 9:25am

Chrissie Williams also rides a bike and become a cycling advocate when she came to public attention when knocked off her bike by then standing MP Phillip Burden.
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Postby Tama on Tue 25/Sep/07 11:03am

Richard Beddie is standing for election in the Canterbury DHB, and I
think it would be great if his focus on health and wellness is
highlighted on Vorb.

The key thing I like about his policies is that he wants the emphasis to
switch the idea of health to wellness rather than treatment of sickness.

This obviously fits in with our desire for increased number of cyclists
and making the environment in Canterbury more cycle friendly.

I realise that the DHB doesn't usually get involved with cycling issues,
but I'm sure he will have an influence.

His website is www.richardbeddie.co.nz

Brief Bio
* Chairman of Sfrito (2001 – present). Sfrito is the government
recognised standard setter for education in the Sport, Fitness and
Recreation industries, and employs approximately 50 staff throughout New
Zealand
* Board Member Manukau Leisure Services Ltd (MLS) (2006 – present):
MLS is a council controlled organisation responsible for improving the
health and wellbeing of Manukau residents through recreation and
physical activity. MLS employs around 400 staff.
* Board Member New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)
(2002 – present): REPs operates New Zealand’s registration body for
exercise professionals, and is a founding member of the International
Confederation of Registers of Exercise Professionals.
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Postby mtbrat on Tue 25/Sep/07 11:31am

:sleeping:
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Postby XCguy on Tue 25/Sep/07 11:42am

swtchbckr wrote:
mtbrat wrote: Paul de Spa would say he is.


I would say that Paul deSpa is too. He bikes most places, so knows very well what is needed and where...

And yet at a 'meet the candidate' evening I went to last night Paul made no mention at all of any cycling related issue, when almost every other candidate did!
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