Auckland Transport has an autocratic, cavalier culture.
Far from being a CCO (Council Controlled Organisation) they appear a council uncontrolled organisation.
Hard on the heels of the bus route change debacle, where there was no prior consultation before changing the New North Rd bus route, now comes the New North Rd/ St Lukes Rd intersection lane changes.
No prior consultation, no advertising of the change as Alison Curd pointed out in the article Turning lane changes cause confusion, ( Central Leader, July 3).
Auckland Transport says traffic engineers have ‘‘modeled the change and found a 10 per cent improvement in traffic flow speed for city bound traffic’’.
How can this be when right turning traffic does just that – turns right – no hold up, no queuing, no impediment to straight through traffic.
However, the right turning traffic that used to use both lanes, now will have to all fit into the right lane.
As this is a very short lane, the right turn traffic will bank up further down New North Rd quite possibly past the Alberton Rd intersection.
If this happens that would create a real danger spot for traffic wanting to exit Alberton Rd. Albert and our children love walking to the parks and markets in our community.
There are plenty of dogs in the area (on and off leads as well as roaming unsupervised), so we have taught the children to ‘‘be like a tree’’ around unfamiliar dogs (feet planted; eyes and arms down – i.e. stand still, be quiet and don’t make eye contact).
The children remember this and it works.
On July 5, we were walking down Owairaka Ave with a group of 3 and 4 year olds, when a woman approached with two dogs on leads.
The children moved aside and adopted their ‘‘tree’’ pose, but this dog owner paused her dogs in the middle of the group so one could sniff at a child.
The child curled in behind the teacher, trying to maintain his tree pose but clearly frightened.
The dog owner announced: ‘‘It’s okay. He’s a nice dog and he knows small children.’’
I replied: ‘‘Yes, but they don’t know him!’’.
She took the hint and moved off, but shot back at us, ‘‘well, they better get to know dogs!’’.
This dog owner was incredibly irresponsible.
What if this child had a fear of dogs and chose to run on to the road rather than stand there being sniffed by her ‘‘nice’’ dog?
It is irrelevant how nice her dog is or how many small children it knows.
What matters is that children should respect dogs they don’t know – and dog owners should respect children they don’t know.