The local body election results are in. Congratulations to our new mayor, Justin Lester, and all the other successful candidates.
So how 'bike-friendly' does the new council look? Pretty friendly actually. In fact, if they are true to their word this might even be a better council for active and sustainable transport options than the previous one. Who would have thought we'd be able to say that about a council that's not led by the "cycling mayor" Celia Wade-Brown?
Here's the results from our survey of who are the most bike-friendly candidates with a flash red bicycle to indicate who got elected.
A few points to note:
In summary, dire predictions that councillors supporting cycleways would be punished in the election turned out to be rubbish. It might be a stretch to say supporting the Island Bay cycleway enhanced anyone's chances but it certainly didn't harm anyone's chances, even in Southern Ward. Overall it's a pretty good result for active & sustainable transport options. Let's just hope this council can now 'walk (and bike) the talk'. They certainly have the mandate to do it.
On that note you can remind yourself what every elected councillor committed themselves to by reading Cycle Aware Wellington's Candidates on Bikes blog.