Demand for good roads is increasing, so why do elected officials keep trying to avoid making them?

It comes as no surprise to me that more children are being chauffeured to school than ever.

Anyone who has to commute in Auckland city knows exactly when the school holidays start, even if they don’t have school-age children.

All of a sudden, the number of cars on the road seems to halve and traffic is free-flowing.

Up to half an hour can be cut off your school-term commute. And when you look at the statistics in a new Ministry of Transport report that examines long-term travel trends, you can see why.

Last year, 57 per cent of primary school-age children went to school as car passengers. More than half.

Twenty seven per cent walked, 11 per cent came by public transport and cyclists accounted for just 2 per cent. In the late 80s, 42 per cent of kids walked and 12 per cent cycled.

There were similar results for secondary school students – now a car is the most common way for teenagers to get to school and cycling has gone from 19 per cent to3 per cent. That’s a lot of extra cars on the road.

The Greens estimated that if walking and cycling to school returned to late- 80s levels, 100,000 cars would be off the country’s roads every morning.

New Zealanders clearly want to drive.   They want more and better roads.  They do not want to go on a bicycle, or walk.   But instead of accepting this as reality, most elected officials are trying to squeeze everyone on buses and trains.

Why is there such a disconnect?  At the same time, some cities in our regions have been begging for funding for decades to implement new roading to solve their problems, but they can never get the funding.   Just look at Wellington’s Transmission Gully for another example of deferring something so long as to make it nearly useless by the time it is finally delivered.

People love cars.  They want roads.  Stop farting around and do it.

 

– Kerry McIvor, NZ Herald


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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