Over at Cycling in Auckland, Lucy JH has posted on the underwhelming 0.7% of the transport budget for the next 10 years allocated to walking and cycling.
She asks for people’s suggestions on the best way to influence government in the area of transport policy. I’m cross-posting my response here.
I think the best way to get through to the government is to influence where you have influence. That’s not necessarily a direct route, but it works.
If you’re a parent, talk to other parents and the school about the Safe Routes to Schools thing, and look at setting up a cycling bus.
If you’re a business owner, talk to your Council, let them know you want your staff and customers to be able to bike to your business. Reward your staff and customers for doing just that. Join the Chamber of Commerce. Get your business voice heard.
If you know influential people, whether business, government or community types, talk to them about it.
If you’re a grandparent, do what you can to make sure your grandchildren have bikes and chances to ride them.
Whatever your sphere of influence, use it. Get the numbers up, that’s what the government listens to. Be the person who supports others – even if it’s just your kids. We all have the chance to set the direction of our country.
Image by Mikael Colville-Andersen (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons