Something has been bugging me since Minister Simon Bridges announced the Urban Cycleway Fund. Where the money is going Auckland wise, i.e the Auckland Isthmus.
Now to be fair looking at the maps that came out from the announcement there are “plans” to fund more cycleway infrastructure across the rest of the City except Southern Auckland (apart from the Southern Motorway).
So it came to me why is Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, and the Government dithering on cycling infrastructure in an area of Auckland (the South) that has high social deprivation?
The South needs all the help it can get (through infrastructure and encouragement rather than the punitive BIG STICK like Sugar Taxes) and for the most part we have the basics to a cycling network down here. The problem is that it is very fragmented thus not well connected. Our roads are not that much better either and that could be in part to both bad planning and the fact we house four of the five heavy industrial complexes (so we generate a lot of freight traffic).
However, Southern Auckland has a lot of urban and rural beauty that you can not find on the Isthmus as well. Also as we know most commutes generated are within five kilometres from home (so local).
So where does this lead us to?
A very large area of Auckland that sadly does have high social deprivation but also have remarkable positive geographic qualities not really being focused on in terms of active transport investment.
What makes the situation even more bizarre to downright frustrating is that South Auckland is first off the rank for the New Bus Network next year. So we get a new public transport network but missing a connected complementary active transport network.
Something smells here folks it really does.
I wonder why the South is not the focus of more cash to build more active transport infrastructure to complement the incoming public transport infrastructure.
I hope the reason isn’t due to class and elitism from the Isthmus……
Having had a month ranging far and wide around The Netherlands (and a month since to reflect), I think I’m starting to see some common trends emerging in terms of what makes the Dutch get on their bikes so much more than us (or indeed, almost anyone on the world). After showing you the sights of various interesting places like Utrecht, Groningen, Enschede and Houten (not to mention all the other cities I visited but didn’t write a post about, like Apeldoorn, Delft or The Hague), let’s put all that together to see what bubbles to the surface.
I had a few colleagues in The Netherlands ask me my thoughts on how different Dutch cities differ between each other. And yes, they often have different little ways of doing things in terms of the markings used, or calming features, or…
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