Just about every man and his bike crowded onto the new pink ‘state-of-the-art’ cycle bridge to celebrate the opening on Thursday. National is as much a part of this charade as the Greenie luvvies with their blue/green MPs (a contradiction in terms, if you ask me) eager to show off their eco-creds and threads.
Only a day later, reality had already set.
The pink bridge links the luvvies to the Nelson St cycle lane. Nelson Street is one of Auckland’s busiest streets as it exits from the motorway into the city. No cyclists are to be seen because the cycleway goes from nowhere anyone wants to be, to nowhere anyone wants to go.
Mike Hosking was out early exposing the reality behind the myth that people actually cycle to work. They don’t and they won’t. The picture shows Mike with the morning rush hour traffic on Nelson Street complete with empty cycle lane.
No doubt the cyclists, such as they are, are where they have always been, cycling on the roads where real cyclists ride. They wouldn’t be seen dead mingling with the luvvies and their cuddly, grey haired ‘Miss Marple’ leader, Barbara Cuthbert.
Cycle lanes are the biggest ‘have’. They are supposed to enhance cycle safety but statistics show that the percentage of road deaths for cyclists is similar to 35 years ago with serious injury rates slightly higher. The group at highest risk is children and young adult cyclists between 5 and 17 who make up over 50% of the death and serious injury statistics. Parents know this, which is why they consistently chose to drive their children to school.
The real horror story on New Zealand roads is motorcyclists who are forty times more likely than car drivers and 8 times more likely than cyclists to be killed or seriously injured per number of kms travelled. No funds are channelled into reducing these appalling motorcycle statistics. Why? the answer lies in the word ‘motor’.
Cycle lanes are part of the ‘Climate Change’ political agenda to force motorists off the road and onto public transport by increasing traffic congestion. Increased traffic congestion is then used as the excuse to invest more into public transport (read trains) which in turn is bankrupting Auckland.
What is more puzzling is why so much money is being wasted on creating probably the most expensive cycle lanes in the world in Auckland. Pink paint, flash pink lighting, ultra-modern design are all expensive items paid for by all New Zealand taxpayers and the ratepayers of Auckland’s poorest suburbs who will never use them in a year of Sundays. These poor people are being forced out of their homes by higher rates to pay for the wet dreams of cycle luvvies. It is disgusting conspicuous consumption of the worst kind and a triumph for a few rich, inner city dwellers at the expense of Auckland's poorest.
Cycle lanes are white, now pink, elephants that are leading the charge against the hapless motorist. They are failed experiments in social engineering that come at a very high price indeed for other road users, taxpayers and ratepayers.
Only Len Brown and Auckland Transport planners, who talk about ‘getting Auckland moving’, could be crazy enough to think that traffic congestion can be solved by increasing traffic congestion. It's a mad, bad world.
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