Angry at not getting all their own way, the fanatics at Cycle Action spat the dummy, as babies so often do, and complained it was like receiving a pair of socks for Christmas.
Isn’t that typical of the reaction of the ‘me’ generation. Contrast this selfish reaction with what the residents of Franklin Road do for all Aucklanders.
Franklin Road is one of the gems of central Auckland, a haven of green in the concrete jungle so beloved by Len Brown and his cohorts in the city’s planning department. Franklin Road residents provide one of Auckland’s most iconic and well loved spectacles, the annual Christmas lights. They provide this Christmas cheer for all to enjoy at their own expense. Nothing Auckland Council spends our money on for the festive season even comes close. It is neighbourhood generosity like this that is the real heart of the city.
Yet these generous folk have had to fight a long battle, at their own expense, to keep the street as safe as possible for everyone, once they learned that they had been targeted by Cycle Action. Franklin Road, the residents argued, is simply not wide enough to safely accommodate the expansive 'special needs' of cycle lobbyists. After all it’s not as if cyclists are being excluded from using the road because, like all roads, they are there for all users.
Cyclists, like spoilt brats, are used to getting their own way. They dominate the cycle-centric, crazy world inhabited by Auckland Transport planners. They are not used to being opposed by people who actually live in the neighbourhoods they want to control but, in this case, they hadn’t counted on the resistance movement mounted by the residents.
AT went through the usual sham of ‘consultation’ with the residents, ignoring advice from their own consultants. Here is a resident’s view of the AT consultation process:
This is a clear case of AT getting an independent report and not liking the result, so getting another report and not liking that one either and then getting another one.…. AT has been captured by the cycling lobby. AT has closed down the public side of the consultation, shortened the timeframes and where they previously agreed to consult and feed back now they are not consulting with wider residents (to close down discussion) and are only giving very short timeframes for responses.
Also the resident representative group are all volunteers and of course AT have a very big and expensive staff on this. Typical Council Controlled (Not) Corporation bad behaviour… But that is what they do, isn’t it, wear you down.
The final outcome is a compromise and compromises suit nobody. Cyclists confirm their ‘special needs’ status by getting cycle lanes but are unhappy they didn’t get the Rolls Royce model; residents know that everyone’s safety has been compromised by the cycle lanes but at least get to retain some safety features.
What is clear, yet again, is that cycle lanes are not about road safety. They are political statements being made by a “green’ lobby group that imagines a carless future. These fanatics associate cars with climate change pollution. They see themselves as angels who are ‘saving the planet’. In their own words they are ‘evangelists’ of the climate change religion. Cycle lanes are merely a tool for increasing traffic congestion in the hope of forcing everyone to take public transport or ride bikes.
The climate change scam is all bollocks of course but, for the present, AT and Auckland Council is in the grip of these religious fanatics. Until sanity returns Auckland will continue wasting ratepayers money on ‘special needs’ cyclists. Meanwhile residents of Franklin Road can be proud they stood up to the cycle bullies and in so doing have won a small victory for the safety of all road users.
The greatest arrogance of all - Save the Planet
Proof our money is wasted on cycle infrastructure