Road Maggots Call Disaster As AT Proposes Massive Cycling Cuts

A proposal to slash this year’s budget for cycling projects in Auckland from $65 million to about $6.5 million over the next two years is a disaster for the city, says youth group Generation Zero.

Disaster? This is great news if true. Far less money for cycle lanes road maggots never use anyway.

[…]”This would be a disaster for Tāmaki Makaurau and an abandonment of a successful programme to increase the number of people on bikes, increase safety, and reduce congestion.” says Generation Zero Auckland Director Leroy Beckett.

Cough, sputter. Obviously, Leroy doesn’t read Whaleoil otherwise he’d know that cycle lanes increase congestion and result in more injuries … mostly to cyclists.

[…]”This budget does not reflect an organisation that is serious about reducing congestion or emissions. It’s definitely not one that wants spend money wisely.”

“This budget doesn’t reflect an inclusive approach to designing transport networks. It ignores the increased demand from children who wish to walk, scooter or cycle safely to schools instead of being dependent on cars,” Beckett said.

Translation: You’re not doing what I want so I’m throwing a tanty. I wonder if this road maggot is willing to pay an extra $1000 or so in rates for cycle lanes so the rest of us don’t have to?

An AT spokesman said the document was a draft only and no final decisions have been made on cycling.

“Beyond 2018/19 the $6.5 million per annum reflects a base level in the absence of any decision to invest in further cycling initiatives.

“As part of the 10 year budget process, we are keen to get the public’s views about what additional funding they would like to see spent on the cycling programme,” the spokesman said.

My bet is that AT has already got a whiff of what the public think and it doesn’t smell good.

– NZ Herald

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