Bike death

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - STE­WART DE­VITT Mt Al­bert PHIL CHASE Deputy chair­man, Eden Al­bert Com­mu­nity Board DR PETER BOYS St Lukes

Just writ­ing to ex­press dis­ap­point­ment at the slant and tone of your re­port (Auck­land City Har­bour News, Jan­uary 16) on the ac­ci­dent that killed a mo­tor­cy­clist on Al­len­dale Rd.

The em­pha­sis on in­con­ve­nience of traf­fic to res­i­dents seemed to take prece­dence over the fact that a man was killed.

There was no men­tion of the need for car driv­ers to drive slowly to their drive en­trance, stop as nec­es­sary, be­fore mov­ing on to the road.

To merely beep be­fore pulling out of drive­ways, as your re­port in­ferred was the cur­rent method for res­i­dents to cre­ate aware­ness, shows a com­plete dis­re­gard for other road and path users while also con­tra­ven­ing the of­fi­cial road code. Fur­ther­more many of­ten re­verse out mak­ing it vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble for them to see other users un­til it is too late.

Hav­ing, as a pedes­trian, nar­rowly es­caped in­jury a num­ber of times from cars speed­ing out of drive­ways on Mt Al­bert Rd and Owairaka Ave, I do hope the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion is thor­ough and ap­pro­pri­ate action taken if the car driver is found to have been neg­li­gent. SH20 mo­tor­way route have yet again been thrown into un­ac­cept­able un­cer­tainty.

The de­ci­sion by new Trans­port Min­is­ter Steven Joyce to re­view the tun­nel and mo­tor­way op­tions for the SH20 link be­tween Mt Roskill and Waterview once again puts the af­fected com­mu­ni­ties in a state of anx­i­ety and un­cer­tainty.

Owairaka, Mt Al­bert, Avon­dale and Waterview res­i­dents have suf­fered years of stress and ar­gu­ment over the route and form of this mo­tor­way, and thought that the de­ci­sion by Tran­sit to opt for a tun­nel pro­vided them with as­sur­ance and the abil­ity to get on with their lives.

Now every­one’s lives are once again on hold while yet more re­ports are writ­ten on other mo­tor­way op­tions that have al­ready been can­vassed and re­jected by Tran­sit in the last few years.

We’ve suf­fered years without proper fa­cil­i­ties like parks, chil­dren’s play­grounds, recre­ation fea­tures, toi­let blocks be­cause of in­de­ci­sion over the na­ture of this mo­tor­way, and now the min­is­ter wants it all to start again.

This stop-start, yesno Third World-style plan­ning is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able for com­mu­ni­ties who want to get on with their lives, and im­prove their prop­er­ties and neigh­bour­hoods without the threat of ev­ery­thing be­ing bull­dozed and turned into tarseal.

It’s just a pity that the min­is­ter isn’t re­view­ing the build­ing of this mo­tor­way against the over­whelm­ing de­sire of Auck­lan­ders for a mod­ern pub­lic trans­port sys­tem which is so lack­ing across our re­gion. the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

I sup­port a new name chance. All other large sta­dia around the world have cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship rights for ei­ther new struc­tures or part re­fur­bish­ment.

The name Eden Park will have lit­tle mean­ing if there is a grow­ing fi­nan­cial gap to­wards the cup se­ries start.

Truly, sen­ti­ment will have lit­tle to do with the fu­ture.

See­ing the smart, new, ris­ing col­umns says to me that the mish-mash of pre­vi­ous, ugly, small stands’ days are truly over.

Wel­come to the real world, rugby and cricket stal­warts to­gether.

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