Protest march over bridge
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.