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Copenhagen – a very liveable city that is dominated by bicycles. Only one of those people qualifies as a “cyclist” by Auckland standards.

This recent article has outlined some of the arguments against having a more liveable city. It concentrates on features of American cities, but I think most of the points apply just as well to NZ cities.

This reminded me of the great collection of myths and excuses put together by David Hembrow on his blog, View From the Cycle Path.

Of course, Auckland already does very well on the liveability stakes, recently being ranked number 10 in the world by the 2014 Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index. However, the big stumbling block for Auckland on rising in those rankings is its transport issues, especially around public transport and cycling.

There is no doubt that if Auckland had a 10% cycling mode share and a 30% public transport mode share, it would hugely increase the quality of life if its residents.

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This is not what makes Auckland liveable.
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One response to “Why can’t we have a more liveable city?

  1. The pity is many of the big wins for cyclists and cycle safety could be quick and above all, cheap, something that will go down well with ratepayers, and in addition make traffic flow better for motorists as well. For instance removing the roadside parking through areas like Dominion Road, Mt Eden, Remuera, particularly where there is blocks of shops and schools. The space freed up would allow not only for cycle lanes, but also allow four lanes for cars instead of two, and remove some major choke points, improving traffic flow for cars as well, a win-win. Parked cars are the biggest hazard I have to negotiate on my ride to/from work. And fixing this could be done with paint and signage – in other words, cheap!

    Other choke points on my ride are the Panmure-Pakuranga bridge, and the Panmure end of Lunn Ave. Fixing the bridge could be done by adding a proper walk and cycle path both sides, but because the loadings involved are far lighter, it could be built out of wood – it will cost more than paint and signage, but will still be far cheaper than a new bridge which I believe is what the council wants to do. Fixing the tail end of Lunn Ave would be more expensive, but there already appears to be a cycle path along much of it which has never been marked out/ painted, I dont know why?

    I used to ride in from Henderson, and thats brilliant now. The ride from out East (Half Moon Bay) is great until I hit Panmure, then it turns to crap.

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