Ninety minutes later I returned to the same intersection after my meeting with Phil Goff. As I crossed the road I took photos of the cycleway to the east and west . Not a cyclist to be seen. Another costly, wasteful Green elephant.
This area of Quay St is already congested, more so now with the three to five year building projects around Britomart. Not the right time, a sensible person might conclude, to add to the city’s traffic congestion right in the heart of the city centre. The eventual aim of Auckland Transport is to limit traffic on Quay St to one lane for service vehicles before eliminating vehicles all together. AT has no plans for how it will divert the tens of thousands of car, truck, bus and other vehicles moving through Quay St to other routes.
The whole exercise, as with all cycleways, is to increase traffic congestion in city centres in order to push motorists out of their cars and onto public transport to justify the massive investment Council is making in the City Rail Link and other public transport projects. Cycleways are also an expression of the UN Agenda 21 driven transport philosophy of hatred of cars or any fossil fuel driven energy. It is stupid and human hating. It is the philosophy behind the Greens.
The irony is that for National Party politicians, including John Key, backing their ‘Blue/Green’ cycleway initiatives will not garner one extra vote for them. They are laughed at by the cycle fanatics who infest the corridors of Auckland Council and Auckland Transport who are died in the wool Greenies. Meanwhile National continues to alienate its core voters who are fiscally conservative and hate to see their taxes and rates wasted in this profligate manner. Just plain dumb.