Rotorua’s Green Corridor cycle lane, two years on – a bustle of cycling happiness, oh wait …

PHOTO Rotorua Lakes Council Facebook #GreenCorridor — in Rotorua, New Zealand.

[…] The Green Corridor opened in October 2015, […]

The controversial 2km stretch of bike lane had mixed responses from business owners.

Two km. Total cost? $397,000.

So two years on the Rotorua Daily Post asked them whether they think it’s been a success.

No, we don’t see people using it. It was a good idea, but in reality it wasn’t done as well as it could have been. They were early to the game, and eventually when electric bikes take off it may get used more.[…]

I’ve never used it, I don’t really see anyone using it. We see all the riders using the footpath. We’re not a bustling town, it’d be better for them to share the footpath and widen the road so we can get parking back. There are people who can’t find a park around here.[…]


Hmmm. But surely some people use it? All those artist impressions of families cycling up and down it couldn’t have been all wrong?

I have probably seen six or seven people using it in the last two years and the street is suffering from the lack of parking. I wouldn’t mind it if it was actually being used.[…]

Whew, six or seven in two years. At least we know it wasn’t a total waste of money.

You never see anybody on the thing. We’ve got kids that come racing through with their bikes on the weekends, but they don’t actually stay on the right side, so somebody is going to get hurt. We have a lot of people complaining that there’s no carparks. […]

No carparks?

No. We’ve lost 30 car parks. We made a long-term commitment to being a local business but this has created ongoing drama for us and it’s not even used. […]

So a $397K ghost lane that few people use and that has taken away 30 car parks. If around ten cyclists use it regularly that means it has cost taxpayers $39,700 per cyclist.  Good god, we could have bought them all a car for less.


-Rotorua Daily Post


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