Both these politically driven projects fail to meet any cost/benefit analysis or business case. Yet they are being foisted on hapless residents and ratepayers to meet the needs of the few ‘special needs’ people of Generation Zero, Cycle Action and their activist Auckland Council activist bureaucrats.
These two vanity projects alone will bankrupt the city because the government has yet to commit to the CRL. NZTA has yet to commit to Skypath, and Council has already reached its debt limit. Without taxpayer money neither project is viable. Despite this, Auckland Council is foolishly pushing ahead with both projects leaving Auckland ratepayers alone to pick up the tab.
The people of Northcote Point are fighting a rearguard action to keep their unique heritage area of Auckland safe from an invasion of mamil cyclists who want to destroy their heritage suburb forever. They need money to fight for their area in the coming Environment Court action that seeks to stop the Skypath madness in its tracks. To this end they have set up a ‘Give a little’ page asking for donations to help fund legal costs for their fight in the Environment Court.
No pedestrians will use Skypath, touted as being a shared path. To do so they would be taking their lives in their hands. It is only lycra-clad mamils that will make the long journey across the bridge into the city and they will attack the steep downhill stretch of the harbour bridge at speeds in excess of 70kph in an enclosed cage. Safety experts warn of the consequences.
This madness will continue until Auckland votes to rid its Council of spendthrift elected members like the Terrible Ten and replaces them with people of common sense and financial prudence.