For the 2010 local body elections, Spokes Dunedin and Living Streets Dunedin sent a questionnaire on local active transport issues to Mayoral and Council candidates. The following questions were asked:
Q1. How do you consider we can improve Dunedin's reputation to make it more walking & cycle friendly for locals and visitors? (50 word limit)
Q2. In your role as a Councillor/Mayor would you commit to acting according to the principles in the International Walking Charter which apply equally to cycling Yes/No
Q3 Do you support opening the Caversham and Chain Hills Tunnels to cyclists and walkers to provide a near flat and safer route between Dunedin and Mosgiel? Yes/No Please explain your answer (50 word limit)
Q4 Do you support the current situation on John Wilson Ocean Drive which is open to vehicles with parking for half its length and open for walking and cycling the final kilometre? Yes/No Please explain your reasons (50 word limit)
Q5 What other initiatives would you propose to help make walking and cycling in Dunedin enjoyable? (100 words)
The raw file is attached below. We'll leave you to read the comments and draw your own conclusions.
For those who don't want to download, we have created a page with comments from Mayoral candidates, another for Central Ward Candidates, and a third for the Mosgiel-Taieri and Waikouaiti-Chalmers Wards
Thank you very much to those candidates who responded. We realise it is a very busy time for you, and appreciate your feedback. The level of awareness of walking issues seemed to be quite high, but we will have to waiit and see how those sentiments are translated into action under a new council. We will be watching!.