On Your Bike!

At an Auckland Transport (AT) board meeting on 2 June 2016, director Paula Rebstock moved “That the Board […] approves the direction of the current investment in cycling infrastructure and a supporting programme of behaviour change activities, along with a new framework for future investment for cycling” (our emphasis). We used to leave transport matters to qualified traffic engineers, but now all we seem to get is social engineering.

The same meeting received a statement with ‘shareholder comments’ from the Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse, who requested AT to include in its ‘Statement Of Intent’ document “an increase in the cycling target for 2017/2018 to reflect the additional $110 million for walking and cycling provided by the Accelerated Transport Programme” (our emphasis).

Those suspended magenta highways for mamils don’t come cheap…

Pink Cycleway

Picture: Auckland Council

This is just a snapshot of a deeply dysfunctional and profligate bureaucracy that wants to run the Waiheke ferry services.

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