Cycle advocates happy

August 19th, 2014 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The Dom Post reports:

Cycling advocates are celebrating the Government’s plan to pump up funding for urban cycleways by $100 million for the next four years.

Prime Minister John Key launched the urban cycling initiative on the Petone foreshore yesterday, chosen because a proposed upgrade of the Petone to Ngauranga Gorge cycleway would be one of the first projects to be considered by a new urban cycleway investment panel.

The panel, to be made up of representatives from central and local government, would advise the Government on where, when and how to speed up development of city cycleways, helping to connect existing routes, as well as expanding the network.

“Everyone knows the health and traffic congestion benefits cycleways can deliver,” Key said.

“Many people cite safety concerns and the lack of infrastructure as the reasons for not cycling. I think we can say that there’s also been some underinvestment in the cycling facilities in urban areas.”

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said the move would help to address the “major government underspend on cycling facilities in recent years” and showed that most political parties realised the importance of improving cycling infrastructure.

“This is particularly welcome in Wellington, where we have a number of projects close to being ready and some really significant developments being planned with the potential to transform the cycling network, including the Great Harbour Way, Middleton Rd, and our strategic cycling network.”

I’m now a cyclist and I have to say cycling in Wellington is a bit like Russian Roulette. Will today be the day a car door opens in front of me, or will today be the day a car swipes me as it tries to get past me. This is not the fault of motorists (of which I am one), but reflects we have few dedicated cycleways.

Automobile Association motoring affairs general manager Mike Noon said the extra investment would benefit all road users by making cycling safer in urban centres and reducing congestion.

Yep. Far better if I can cycle somewhere, and not take a car.

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19 Responses to “Cycle advocates happy”

  1. daniel carter (34 comments) says:

    Another Green policy initiative. They really have no original ideas. But praise for doing the right thing. Hopefully trains will be next.

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  2. GPT1 (2,122 comments) says:

    DPF the MAMIL?

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  3. brucehoult (200 comments) says:

    I have no objection to the Nasty Nats stealing good ideas from the Greens. Especially if it helps save us from all their bad ones!

    Btw, dpf, you can avoid both problems by riding in the middle of the lane where parked cars or other things mean there isn’t enough room to safely pass. Make the cars do a proper lane change to pass you. You’ll cop abuse from time to time, but I don’t expect that will bovver you.

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  4. RightNow (6,995 comments) says:

    ” riding in the middle of the lane where parked cars or other things mean there isn’t enough room to safely pass. Make the cars do a proper lane change to pass you. You’ll cop abuse from time to time, ”

    If, having forced cars to either do a proper lane change or wait behind you, you then ride up beside them at the lights and make them go through it all again, I think you’d deserve to cop some abuse. There’s nothing more annoying than being courteous and giving a cyclist heaps of room only to have them sneak in front of you again when you’re stopped at an intersection and then ride off in front of you.
    How about the courtesy going both ways?

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  5. Longknives (4,865 comments) says:

    Also a big shout-out to the prick that cuts me off riding the wrong way through the Three Lamps shops most mornings!
    I nearly flattened him one rainy morning and had to slam on my brakes- I wound down my window and yelled at him to “Grow a brain” and got the usual torrent of righteous cyclist abuse back-
    “We’ve got just as might right to be on the road as you have” etc etc
    This arrogant prick rides the wrong way through a One Way street.. In the middle of the fucking road!

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  6. dog_eat_dog (789 comments) says:

    Not so many of them when it rains in Auckland, which is a bunch of the time.

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  7. freedom101 (509 comments) says:

    ACT has a plan to double cycle use at no cost to the taxpayer:

    http://livenews.co.nz/2014/08/19/act-has-a-plan-to-double-cycle-use

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  8. kowtow (8,747 comments) says:

    I don’t think the country can afford the $100 million.
    The roads are there already for cyclists.Why spend even more money we don’t have?

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  9. dime (10,098 comments) says:

    why is this a greens initiative?

    i remember cycleways being mocked for months after that job summit where this was mooted

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  10. mikenmild (11,664 comments) says:

    I think the difference dime was between urban cycleways that are a commuting transport option and the national cycleway which is focused on tourism.

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  11. dime (10,098 comments) says:

    ah ok. cheers.

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  12. xy (189 comments) says:

    I can just hear the collective kiwiblog commentariat staring puzzled at the screen, furiously trying to resolve the cognitive dissonance between CYCLEWAYS ARE FOR ROAD LICE SCUM and NATIONAL LIKES CYCLEWAYS.

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  13. Nigel Kearney (1,047 comments) says:

    I ride on the bus down Thorndon Quay every day. It’s crazy how bikes and buses cross over each other all the way along. But there is a wide, ready made, unused area free for cyclists to use – the other side of the road. There is bugger all traffic coming the other way. There might be some issues with this but I’m sure it could work. If the problem is intersections then extra cycle lanes don’t fix that anyway and may make it worse.

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  14. labrator (1,850 comments) says:

    Great initiative. That SH2 segment from Wellington to Petone is suicidal. I think it would be great for reagional fitness if you could cycle safely from Evans Bay to Petone. You’re pretty good to the ferry terminal and then it’s all over.

    In terms of Wellington central, they should redraw the entire map. The crazy one way system could be efficiently solved if they made it more circular and less criss-cross. But then when the council actively fights to have SH1 cross one of your main tourist attractions you know the thinking isn’t logical.

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  15. prosper (172 comments) says:

    Bloody road maggots. They will want special sea lanes for kayakers next.

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  16. brucehoult (200 comments) says:

    RightNow, I don’t disagree that courtesy goes both ways. I don’t lanesplit on my bicycle. I do on my motorcycle, but once that light goes green you won’t see me again.

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  17. hmmokrightitis (1,595 comments) says:

    Ive ridden many of the North Island trails, urban and rural, in the last 18 months. Ive encountered locals, lots of kids, families, tourists, you name it. Great initiative. An hour on a bike, any bike, makes a better day, and a better person. Im happy my hard earned is paying for some of this,

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  18. kiwilarry10 (1 comment) says:

    I live in Christchurch and cycled to work for 20 years. But it is too dangerous now to cycle so I use the car. Where recreation cycle ways have been established some employment and spending spin off does occur so it is good sustainable return on the money spent.
    I look forward to the new cycle ways in a Christchurch but will only use them for recreation, not as transport

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  19. Paulus (2,659 comments) says:

    Tauranga Bridge has a separate Cycle pathway fully concrete wall enclosed from the road, each way – but do the cyclists use it – no way they want to stay on the fast moving roadway.
    When somebody gets killed they will be the first to complain.
    The Sunday Lycra brigade are the worst.

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