Paul Gillespie (Opinion, March 18) questions the construction of cycle lanes for ‘‘cyclists who haven’t contributed anything to the cost’’.
Infrastructure like cycle lanes is paid for primarily out of council rates, which people who ride bikes pay just the same as anyone else.
Please, let’s lay to rest this myth that cyclists are somehow getting a free ride.
In fact, a large proportion of our transport rates bill goes towards repairing wear and tear on roads, caused almost entirely by motor vehicles – but people on bikes pay the same transport rates as everyone else. If anything, they are paying more than their fair share.
Looking at the bigger picture and taking environmental and other costs into account, the Ministry of Transport’s 2005 Surface Transport Costs and Charges study concluded that it’s cars and trucks that are getting a free ride, not paying anything like the true costs they impose.
That is partly why forward-looking cities around the world are investing in cycle infrastructure, and Auckland is starting to do the same. for all coach services. This makes travel complicated and unpleasant for tourists and domestic travelers alike.
With the proposed redevelopment at Sky City with the convention centre project, and the Downtown shopping centre and Britomart station with the city rail link tunnel project, existing coach stops are likely to be lost and will certainly not be welcoming places with construction activity.
A solution would be for a new combined long distance coach and train terminal to be built at the Strand station. This central city site would be ideal with easy access from the Strand and would eliminate the cumbersome reversing movements required for long distance trains to enter Britomart station.