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9 comments:

  1. Chris Horne, 24. June 2020, 19:52

    A high priority for LGWM must be the establishment of cycle/scooter lanes on Lambton Quay, Willis St, Manners St and Courtenay Place. This will facilitate the enforcement of the Road Code and WCC bylaws pertaining to the use of bicycles and scooters, etc., by the Police and WCC staff.

    Footpaths are for feet and people in wheel-chairs and prams. The use of bicycles and scooters on our footpaths threatens the safety of walkers of all ages and abilities. It must be stopped and any transgressors fined. Getting bicycles and scooters off our footpaths and on to bike/scooter lanes on the Golden Mile’s streets will implement LGWM’s second, third and fourth outcomes.

     
  2. greenwelly, 24. June 2020, 21:41

    >The option with the most changes could cost almost $80m, compared to the most conservative’s $22m price tag.
    But it also says the indicative budget is only $40 million, indicating that this report has been written with option B as in Bus being the only improvement option that is fundable.
    And option B turns the golden mile into more of a Bus sewer than we have now, with things like “crossing lights optimised for bus priority” i.e pedestrians wait….

     
  3. City Lad, 25. June 2020, 0:59

    Electric scooters (many now privately owned) often travel at great speeds on footpaths and obviously aren’t required to comply with any regulations. And bicycles ridden on footpaths should also be declared an illegal activity. We are required by law to register our cars. It’s time for all scooters and bicycles to also be registered and to display rear number plates (designed appropriately). This will make all such users pay for their share of ACC levies and identify those who flout the law.

     
  4. jamie, 25. June 2020, 6:39

    The consultants must be paid by the word, 175 pages to work out what should happen. 2036 sounds like such a long time in the future but at this rate they’ll still be writing reports and nothing will be done

     
  5. Leviathan, 25. June 2020, 9:56

    I find it extraordinary that all this has been prepared and yet the most basic of things has not been sorted first – ie what system of higher speed public transport, and what route it may take, seems not to have been mentioned once. Surely that would be action number one – everything else is subsidiary to that decision.

     
  6. Rich, 25. June 2020, 13:20

    In response to City Lad’s suggestion to license bicycles and scooters: NZ would be the first country to have ‘licensed’ cyclists. It doesn’t matter that the usefulness of this has been debunked over and over again, we will persist! On top of that, all pedestrians should be licensed, with an appropriately designed “Bum license plate” on the rear. So jail walking pedestrians can be fined as well!! And, if they use footpaths, they can be taxed for that as well. Let’s make Wellington a progressive city!!

     
  7. Andrew, 26. June 2020, 8:47

    China had a bicycle registration system up until 2004. I remember seeing the plates.

     
  8. Rich, 26. June 2020, 9:49

    True, I stand corrected. The goal of the their registration was theft prevention of bicycles. It cost 0.48 USD a year. And they abolished it when they realised more and more people started to get in the car and they wanted to remove the hassle of registration for bicycles so it wasn’t a disincentive for people to use the bicycle. What does that tell you?! Probably that registration of bicycles would be a disincentive here as well and result in more cars on the road and more congestion. People who cycle pay their share of tax, most of them still have a car. I do, but I only drive about 7000 km a year. I think it would be fairer to reward people who use the bicycle and keep the roads free for those who need to drive. Win win right!?

     
  9. IanS, 27. June 2020, 8:33

    I agree with @Leviathan – clearly the announcements on the rapid mass transport system are being held back until NZ First is eliminated from Government. I hope the design work has not been stopped, and that the light rail announcements will come soon after the election in September.