Before I get started on the waste of money that is the SkyPath project let’s remind ourselves that in order to achieve Loopy Len’s ‘vision’ for Auckland as the world’s most liveable city it requires a growth rate of more than 5% a year in real (inflation adjusted) terms. This requires Auckland to be a productive powerhouse the like of which has never been seen before in this country.
And how does Loopy Len and his cohorts on Council propose we achieve this dramatic increase in productivity? Apart from his costly train set one suggestion is the SkyPath, a cycle/pedestrian bridge over the Waitemata harbour that Lenny describes as a ‘game changer’.
SkyPath is the brainchild of Generation Zero (Gen-Z), a very influential Green lobby group within Auckland Council and local government throughout the country. They’re a throwback to the Germany of the 1930s, a sort of re-cycled Hitler youth, all outdoor exercise, and zeal for a healthier, vegetarian lifestyle combined with a more sinister, unhealthy hatred of anyone who drives a car or dares to challenge their orthodoxy of climate change, or any of the other global green lies so careful manufactured in the western consciousness for over a generation.
They are the natural successors to the far right or far left totalitarians of the failed fascist and then communist eras. Led by cycle evangelists like Barbara Cuthbert - think a lycra-clad Miss Marple - they pounce on any accident involving a cyclist as if it were a media PR gift for squeezing more money for cycle-only ‘safety’ lanes out of the hard pressed taxpaying and ratepaying motorists instead of a personal tragedy for those involved.
It’s as if they are looking at a picture of Shanghai as it was in the Communist era as their inspiration for the Auckland of their future. But there are only so many scaffolding poles a builder can carry on his head while cycling to work. The Chinese have subsequently worked out that if you want to modernise a country, make it productive, and actually achieve real growth in excess of 5%pa then, guess what, you’ve got to build motorways and get people off their bikes and into their commerce carrying trucks and cars. Duh!
This hasn’t occurred to Auckland’s bunch of Councillors, with a few notable exceptions, who just want to be loved (the very worst sort of politician), who jump on the next populist cyclewagon not because it makes sense for their ratepayers, but because it shows they’re in with the in crowd. Pathetic.
As most of you will have worked out by now we don’t really need a SkyPath to cloud cuckoo land because we’re there already.