Roskill Bikeways steal car parks

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Stated as being a boost for “Cycling and Walking” the Puketapapa Local Board and Auckland Transport are seeming to wage war against people needing to park near Mt Roskill Grammar School. It might look flash on paper but this routing manages to fail in several ways.

First, cyclists do not travel down Somerset Rd, they travel down Denbigh Ave and on the closed road running between the schools. There is no reason to go down Somerset.   

Second, there is already a complete cycle path down the other side of the motorway, easily accessed from Dominion Rd, (as well as a wide footpath running between the end of Carr Rd/Denbigh along Frost Rd to the over bridge to the park).

Third, this plan includes permanent removal of all parking spaces along Somerset Rd. No plans are shown for replacing these lost parking spaces.

This was noted back in Dec 2015  “note the community concerns that the removal of the parking will affect the sporting needs of existing major sporting codes played by clubs, schools and social recreation within the area.  This is due to the parking required to accommodate gear transport, school vans, club and school teams on arrivals and departures from the turf and friends and family supporters in large numbers from the local community plus the wider Auckland region.” – Motion Lost

So just wondering where school students or users of the Hockey turf will park now?

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I wonder how many real cyclists there are using this route everyday? I bet is is bugger all.

What is happening is the Council is making using a car problematic while forcing us to ride bikes. Anyone would think we lived in the 19th century not the 21st century.


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