We have seen the future and it is…

Well, this is exciting! Stunning plans have been released for a 30km fully separated bike super-highway running west to east across the city. There’ll also be a slightly shorter north-south route – again, fully separated. And six other bikeways converging on the city will be fully upgraded – and fully separated from traffic.

Best of all: the diggers started yesterday, and it’ll be ready by spring 2016. 

Don’t believe me? Here’s the Mayor himself, always up for a bike-friendly photo opp.

I cannot wait to grab my bike, buy a plane ticket and… Oh, you thought we were talking about Auckland?

Nope. Sorry.

London.

Brilliant, though, eh? And one look is enough to make you say: Why not here? 

Listen to the Mayor himself on the subject (Boris, not Len):

“At the very heart of this strategy is my belief that helping cycling will not just help cyclists,” he said. “It will create better places for everyone. It means less traffic, more trees, more places to sit and eat a sandwich. It means new life, new vitality and lower crime on underused streets. It means more seats on the Tube, less competition for a parking place and fewer cars in front of yours at the lights.”

Not a very hard sell. Just plain sense. And a huge, instantly graspable vision based on solid principles.

Read about the road to London’s cycle highways here – it didn’t always run smooth, but it got there sooner than everyone expected.

And then, with a renewed sense of possibility, bowl on over to this page to support Generation Zero/Cycle Action/TransportBlog’s joint proposal for the Essential Transport Budget option – which will triple cycle funding in Auckland over the next ten years.

We need this plan, and we really need your voice to support it

 

(Or… we could sit tight and meekly trust that London-style progress will happen here, some day. But if you believe that, have I got a bridge to sell you…and no, it doesn’t have a SkyPath on it).

 

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