Why are we spending millions on cycling in Auckland?

Like a scene from the Muppet Show

Like a scene from the Muppet Show

At the moment there is a very vocal push for cycling friendly policies from Auckland Council and for some astonishing new projects that will pour millions into cycleways and the bizarre proposal to clip a cycleway onto the Harbour bridge.

As you will see, the bike spotting freaks as Cycle Action Auckland and Transportblog are talking out of their arsewhen they try and say cycling is an important commuter mode in Auckland.

avtually cycling has barely the sort of numbers that warrant $15m on the duplication of a cycle path to Westhaven or the $6m on the unwanted cycle path through Northcote Point (already labelled a ‘safe for cycling’ route by CAA) and certainly not the massive financial risk underwriting Skypath will be to the rate payer – based on Skypath’s untested and rather fanciful patronage figures.

Below is an excerpt from the AT board papers (Mar-14).   It maybe an interesting exercise to calculate the CAGR of ‘Bicycle’ against other active modes like ‘Walked or Jogged’.

You will see that when the claimed increases in active modes is cited, essentially that is walking/running, NOT cycling. 

2013 Census, Journey to Work Trends

Auckland Council recently released journey to work statistics for Auckland from the 2013 Census. This is shown in Table 1 and compared to 1996, 2001 and 2006 census data.

Table 1: Census Journey to Work Summary Statistics 1996 – 2013

Year Did not go to work today Car, truck, van or company bus Public bus Train Motor cycle or power cycle Bicycle Walked or jogged Worked at home Other (such as taxi, ferry, aeroplane) Not specified
1996 46,089 332,925 23,802 2,286 3,168 5,979 17,985 32,259 6,021 17,814
2001 57,174 358,323 26,346 2,370 2,397 4,893 18,771 37,521 5,370 20,673
2006 59,832 422,244 28,536 5,667 3,099 5,007 24,081 40,887 6,126 32,232
2013 61,827 430,035 33,933 9,468 5,508 6,381 26,532 44,277 7,971 24,393

Should the Auckland Council really be spending vast sums of money for the lycra clad tossers who think they are special because the only emissions they emit are methane and carbon dioxide? …oh wait!

Cycling is essentially static, and commuting to work on a cycle is the preserve of just a few nutters.

Time for hte council to stop focussing on this incredibly small segment of Auckland’s population who in reality are talking up a bigger game than they actually are.

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