$100 million for urban cycleways

August 18th, 2014 at 4:16 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

The Party is promising to spend $100 million over four years in new funding on urban cycleways. 

National rolled out its big guns to try to whip up some enthusiasm for the new proposal, but the massed ranks of reporters were barely interested.

Prime Minister John Key and Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee visited the Petone foreshore for the announcement this afternoon. 

They attracted a journalistic throng but questions about were over in a flash, then the attention turned to the continuing fallout from the publication of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics. 

Key’s repeated suggestions that the rest of the country would be more interested in cycleways or other initiatives fell on unresponsive ears.

Petone was chosen as the location of today’s announcement because work is under way to develop a route for cyclists between there and Ngauranga alongside State Highway 2.

Key also noted the national cycle trail network launched in 2009 had  grown to 2575kmm with 10 trails in the North Island and 12 in the South Island.

One can be in favour of both roads and cycleways. I am.

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13 Responses to “$100 million for urban cycleways”

  1. RRM (9,919 comments) says:

    There’s a surprising number of fitness freaks cycling to Wellington every day from the Hutt. Good for them.

    I’d rather the government was making it safer and better for them, than adding petrol taxes and cancelling road projects and generally smiting motorists..

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  2. flipper (4,060 comments) says:

    Well in the context of total spending on roads, $25 million a year for 4 years is fine with me…… provided contractors other than Fulton Hogan or Higgins get the work. Those buggers are just too greedy.

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  3. hj (7,011 comments) says:

    Vote Green National?

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  4. hj (7,011 comments) says:

    One thing that would be good for Christchurch (if the hotels are rebuilt) would be safe cycleways to Brighton and Sumner. The cycleways we have at present are o.k but you are in danger from vehicles on the right.

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  5. Fentex (974 comments) says:

    It has long struck me as odd that new roads are built in cities without engineering for separating cyclists from traffic. Do it from the start and it will be the cheapest it ever will be. It also seems a natural compliment to existing railways were gradients need be minimised.

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  6. OneTrack (3,093 comments) says:

    hj – “Vote Green National?”

    Vote Blue Green.

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  7. Brian Smaller (4,023 comments) says:

    Fentex – I cannot agree more. When the Dowse interchange was built along SH2 in the Hutt there was the opportunity to keep cycle traffic away from the on and off ramps. But no. Cars heading onto SH2 into 80-100kph traffic and trying to merge with it have to watch for bikes crossing across in front of them as cyclists try to get the left. Crazy.

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  8. Lucia Maria (2,428 comments) says:

    I think this letter in the Dom Post by Jane Weir of Melrose indicates why there is not really that much interest in cycleways:

    Here are some of the things a woman can’t do on a bike – the weekly shop, slam the door [LOL! from Lucia!], pick up the kids from all over town at the same time, visit an elderly relative who thinks someone is breaking in, deliver meals on wheels or take a patient to a hospital appointment.

    They probably can’t even get a couple of bottles of wine home unless they have a side car.

    The Cycling Advocates Network (Letters, August 13) needs to get real. A car is a precious part of a woman’s independence and her ability to carry out the myriad tasks she performs every day for her family and/or community.

    Women don’t just bike to work and bike home again and say, well, thank goodness that’s over.

    Women need cars and safe roads far more than they need bikes and cycle lanes.

    Women are 50% of the population, and I agree with Jane, I am far more interested in improved roads so that I can drive quickly and safely in my car than I am in cycleways. Cyclists who ride to work are a small minority of the population, and are probably mostly men. Only women with butch haircuts or those who don’t care about helmet hair would cycle to work.

    If National were to propose removing the cycle helmet law, except for those who travel on high speed cycleways, then there’d be some excitement. I might even start cycling again (helmet hair is a real problem and so is sweaty head).

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  9. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (890 comments) says:

    I would not be surprised if the Green socialists claim credit for this announcement….

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  10. Mobile Michael (451 comments) says:

    Pleased to hesr it, just as long as we’re not getting the Great Harbour Way in Wellington. Huge waste of money that would be. A few barriers and a path under the Petone Overbridge by the railway line will do fine.

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  11. laworder (292 comments) says:

    Wow! Very pleased with this. Urban areas are where the cycleways are needed the most, especially in the inner cities. I ride to/from work from Maurice Willamsons electorate, and this would have won my vote if I wasnt already a National voter. Auckland has three quarters of a brilliant cycle network, it just needs the gaps filled in to finish it

    Peter J

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  12. Johnboy (16,554 comments) says:

    Us (almost) pensioners are so excited by this announcement.

    We can all get our creaky bones out our greenhouse fucking V8’s and hop on our bikes so we can all get fitter ( like Metiria :) ) and live longer, so we can rip all you young pipsqueaks off for longer for more tax money to pay for our super/healthcare! :)

    Failing that we can lurk in our V8’s nearby to motor/cycleway junctions and when we spot one of you smug young pricks dressed in your lycra gun the old wheels up the off ramp, in the wrong direction, and notch up one more wanker on the drivers door scoreboard! :)

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  13. ross411 (838 comments) says:

    I’d want a study done on it first, as in who will use it. If it is the people more likely to do so already, who maintain their health, then not so keen on the use of money. If it is a degree of the lazy and slothful, and it will make them healthier and happier, and in turn benefit the public health system.. then keener.

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