Video of the Day: Why we need cycleways

We regularly feature an interesting photo from around the city, but this time it is a video that captures our attention. As you may recall, the City Council has recently been consulting on its Long Term Plan for the next 10 years. It was rather pessimistic in its plans for extending the cycleways programme out over a longer time period, and many people weren’t too happy about that.

As a result, there were quite a number of oral submissions over the past week or so asking the City Councillors to reinstate the original cycleway programme. You can view all the different oral presentations online here, and a number of the City Councillors also provided handy summaries of many submissions on their Facebook pages. There were many great presentations and arguments raised by various speakers. But the one that really blew me away was this one from Angela Brett:

Angela Brett video
“We’re really just here to be a picture for you; we’d like to be an image in your mind whenever you’re thinking about how cycling is incorporated into the plan.”

Angela captured perfectly the essence of what these cycleways are about. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not about the lycra roadies, or the die-hard cycle advocates. Providing safe cycling opportunities help people like Angela get around town and feel safe taking her daughter Zelda to places as well. And, as she points out, for all the concern about the number of people killed while cycling in NZ (which jumped up dramatically in 2017), it pales in significance to the thousands of lives lost due to obesity-related diseases and problems.

So well done Angela for such a clear cogent argument for accelerating the cycleways programme (and well done to all the other submitters adding their weight to this call as well). Now let’s hope that the Councillors take heed of this message…

6 thoughts on “Video of the Day: Why we need cycleways”

  1. Wonderful presentation. Absolutely inspirational. Thank you Angela, and Glen for spreading the word!

  2. Couldn’t agree more. We have great topography and great weather – this city has great opportunities for active transport.

  3. Fantastic presentation.

    Note there was also an item on the council meeting agenda (refer to the item about QE2). There are plans for changes around QE2 and the schools. It appears to be solely focused on these facilities. Suggest keeping an eye on the Travis Road, Frosts Road through to Mairehau Rd part of the journey. Currently using the shared path relies on crossing 4 lanes of traffic at their most congested multi intersection crossing section of the road. Keep an eye on the cycling strip.

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