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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3 responses to “We have seen the future and it is…

  1. You will have to do some convincing, this city (AUK) is vehicle centric and it will take a goundswell of effort to achieve a fraction of what London is about to. I still find it extraordinary that this city claims to be ‘liveable’ by any standards.

  2. Yep, too much people who actually believe cycling has no place in a city. That bicycle lanes cause congestion, even if they don’t reduce the amount of car lanes (see the fallout from the bicycle path along Lake Road between Devonport and Takapuna).

    If only… we can have a city rail link for a couple of billions, or an additional harbour bridge for even more billions… Makes a proper cycle network for a few $100 millions sound a bargain.

  3. Cycling along the T3 lane on Remuera Rd in the mornings, looking at all of the stationary traffic in the other lane, I wonder if Aucklanders in general are just a little too stupid to support the ETB.

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