Add this to the $16.5 million wasted last year on a virtually unused cycleway through Grafton Gully and you can easily see why Auckland is so short of cash for essential infrastructure.
Yet another expensive cycle-only project is being planned as an add-on to the $30 million already wasted. So that will likely be $50 million for an activity in decline as a commuting option, and which favours a few inner city lycra clad greenies at the expense of much needed infrastructure projects in all the 21 local board areas around Auckland except Waitemata.
Eye-wateringly wasteful of taxpayers and ratepayers money though these cycle projects are they pale into insignificance compared to the money Auckland ratepayers will have to stump up if the Skypath, a cycle bridge over the Waitemata harbour, gets the go ahead. More on this tomorrow.
Mind you, not a single one of the environmentally sensitive sustainability bunnies of Cycle Action and their friends in the Greens, thought it mattered that native trees had been felled in the process.
Although the clearance of pittosporum shrubs and trees up to about 3m high has raised eyebrows among some passers-by, Cycle Action Auckland's Barbara Cuthbert says that is an acceptable sacrifice and the Transport Agency has a good track record of re-vegetating motorway corridors.
"It doesn't give me a single qualm - this bridge will be such an asset to Auckland and I am sure NZTA will be happy to plant more pittosporum," she said.
She is also looking forward to the image of free-flowing cyclists whizzing over grid-locked traffic.
"That is exactly the reality of Auckland - our roads are going to become more and more congested, but more and more people are going to use cycleways."
Although patronage has been modest so far, Mrs Cuthbert said the two cycleways would "feed each other" by creating more of a circuit through downtown Auckland for safer off-road riding.
But I tell you what. The people of Auckland aren’t so easily bullied.
Car registrations are at an all time high. People are moving to the suburbs to enjoy a more stress free life. Less than 17% of all Aucklanders commute to the city centre.
It’s all just a whopping waste of ratepayers and taxpayers money.