Protest march over bridge

Central Leader - - News -

A group call­ing for walk­ing and cycling ac­cess over the Auck­land Har­bour Bridge is plan­ning a demon­stra­tion march next month.

Ge­tAcross plans to hold the demon­stra­tion on the bridge on Sun­day, May 24, af­ter a de­ci­sion by the New Zealand Trans­port Agency to de­cline tri­als for walk­ing and cycling across the bridge.

“We’ve been ad­vised by the po­lice that in con­junc­tion with NZTA, safe pas­sage across the bridge will be pro­vided,” says Ge­tAcross’s spokesman Be­van Wood­ward.

“We have cho­sen a day and time to avoid in­ter­rupt­ing the traf­fic.”

He says from a sur­vey of 10,000 sup­port­ers, more than 75 per­cent of re­spon­dents were in favour of a demon­stra­tion march if the trial was re­fused.

Walk Auck­land spokesman Andy Smith says next month the bridge will be 50 years old.

“But rather than com­mis­er­ate half a cen­tury of de­nied ac­cess, we in­vite Auck­lan­ders to at­tend the demon­stra­tion march and show their sup­port for walk­ing and cycling on the bridge.”

Mr Smith says the bridge walk­way and cy­cle­way is a long over­due project for im­prov­ing walk­ing and cycling in the Auck­land re­gion.

Sup­port­ers can gather at 9am at Pt Erin on the south side of the bridge, with the march com­menc­ing at 9.30am.

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