Mayor Len Brown and his Urban Design ‘Champion’ Ludo Campbell-Reid have been at the forefront of the hate campaign against cars in the city. The pair is systematically ridding central Auckland of cars to make way for a city centre dominated by public transport and bikes. Car parks are being closed; parking wardens are stepping up their campaign of intimidation by ticketing cars in quiet streets at 3am; plans are well advanced to force motorist to pay tolls on the motorways; cycle and bus lanes restrict space for cars on roads.
Is it any surprise then that pedestrians and motorists are fighting back by making a point of dobbing in the Mayor and his 'champion' whenever they flout the law. Bernard Orsman reports:
The Auckland urban design champion who has made it his mission to make the city's roads more pedestrian friendly has been caught parking his private Audi sports car on a yellow line in Devonport.
Ludo Campbell-Reid today said he was in the wrong for parking on a yellow line on King Edward Parade near the entrance to the Navy Museum.
He said he was there in a personal capacity yesterday to pick up his children and a few of their friends at the weekly Jets Run around Devonport.
"My wife usually picks up but she was in bed sick so I got the call to pick them up after 6.30pm once prize giving had finished. I was certainly in the wrong," Mr Campbell-Reid said.
An anonymous man, who photographed Mr Campbell-Reid's car parked on a yellow line and saw him leave about 30 minutes later, said there were a lot of legal and empty car spaces about 100m further back along the road.
"Clearly he doesn't think the design of roads applies to him. The irony is that about 50 children had to run past him along the road and his vehicle was blocking their view of driveways as they entered the Navy Museum to finish their event," the man said.
Mr Campbell-Reid is credited with taking steps to reduce the number of vehicles in the central city, including the idea of cars and pedestrians sharing the same space.
Mayor Len Brown's chaffeur-driven car was photographed parked in a loading bay in Newmarket in August. Weeks earlier he parked the mayoral car across a cycle lane in Newmarket.
Campbell-Reid is not only Brown’s 'champion' but is also the pin-up boy of Generation Zero, the Green cycle action lobby group that hates cars, because they are ‘bad’ for the environment. Ludo loves to be photographed with them on his bike. I wonder what they will make of Campbell-Reid’s penchant for driving a flash, luxury Audi sports car, and not encouraging his kids to cycle instead of having to be picked up by Daddy. The hypocrite!
Motorists and pedestrians will continue dobbing in Brown and his mobsters as long they continue their vendetta against cars and are caught out making a mockery of the law. The public hates hypocrites. Len and Ludo are the top of their hit list.