The National 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 cycling 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.