Rally of feet un­der bridge

Central Leader - - News -

Auck­lan­ders can use their feet to show their sup­port for walk­ing and cycling lanes across the Auck­land Har­bour Bridge.

Get Across cam­paign­ers are hop­ing thou­sands will turn out to a mass rally at Westhaven on Sun­day.

Or­gan­iser Bar­bara In­sull says they want to show Auck­land City Coun­cil that res­i­dents are be­hind the project.

“We’re ex­pect­ing a big turnout of Auck­lan­ders on foot and bike to show they re­ally want the walk and cy­cle­way,” she says.

Ms In­sull says nearly 10,000 peo­ple have signed up to the on­line cam­paign at Ge­tAcross.org.nz, and many are ex­pected at the rally.

At a meet­ing ear­lier this month the coun­cil’s trans­port com­mit­tee re­jected the project as laud­able, but too ex­pen­sive.

But it’s been backed in prin­ci­ple by the Auck­land Re­gional Coun­cil and North Shore City Coun­cil.

Op­tions put for­ward by a multi-agency re­port range in cost from $24 mil­lion to more than $40m.

Walk Auck­land spokesman Andy Smith says some coun­cil­lors have shown a lack of un­der­stand­ing around the key is­sues, par­tic­u­larly re­lat­ing to cost and safety.

Cy­clists and walk­ers will meet for the rally at Westhaven Drive, un­der the city end of the bridge, on Sun­day at 2pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter sup­port go to www.get across.org.nz.

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