Have you noticed the two new cattle-pen-like barriers at the entrance to the Matiatia wharf? They were installed to discourage cyclists running late for the boat from riding their bikes through the throngs of pedestrians boarding the ferries. That didn’t seem to work for some, so Auckland Transport decided that two security staff were to start work earlier. Their task was to ask cyclists to dismount their bikes.
Today (11/8/15) around 7:35 am, a cyclist ignored a request from the security guard to dismount and, when asked again by a second security guard, remonstrated that the wharf is a “road” and he was quite entitled to ride his bike on it. I intervened and said that he should not ride his bike through what is clearly a pedestrian thoroughfare. Someone else intervened too: – a lady (and I use that term loosely) from Palm Beach piped in and proclaimed that riding bikes on the wharf is OK and followed that with a barrage of personal abuse.
The wharf is not a road. It is used by cars and courier vans picking up freight, but never when people are embarking or disembarking from the ferries. To refrain from riding a bike through throngs of pedestrians would appear to be no more than to exercise common courtesy. To point these matters out is not an attack on anyone’s fragile sense of entitlement to moral superiority. It is just plain common sense.