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Cycle Aware Wellington recently published an excellent blog in which Wellington City mayoral and council candidates were asked a range of questions exploring their views on cycling. You should definitely read their responses but I wanted to get a clearer picture of who the more 'bike-friendly' candidates are overall and how they compare to each other. To do this I invited a panel of Wellington cyclists to rate the quality of every candidates answer to every question on a 5 point scale. The higher the score the better, with a maximum possible average score for each question, and in total, of 5 out of 5.
In determining the overall quality of the answer the panel were asked to focus on the degree to which the answer demonstrates:
a) general support for cycling, and/or
b) an empathy for cycling and cyclists, and/or
c) an understanding of cycling related issues, and/or
d) a willingness to make hard decisions in order to promote cycling and/or grow cycling numbers
Here's the results but please make sure you also read the notes below:
Overall results for mayoral candidates and council candidates by ward
Here are the overall scores for each mayoral candidate and each council candidate by ward.
Results by question for all mayoral and council candidates
Here are the scores for every mayoral and council candidate by question.
Overall question scores
This chart shows the overall score by question. It gives a sense of which questions the panel thought candidates collectively answered well and not so well (scores are out of 5).
Thanks to Cycle Aware Wellington for running the questionnaire in the first place.
Thanks also to the panel of cyclists who completed the survey. This involved rating over 300 individual answers each, a tremendous effort!
Finally, apologies. Only a lack of time prevents me from running the same exercise for the regional councillors' responses.