Is a car ban on Mt Eden a good thing?
What do you think of the proposed Mt Eden car ban? Here’s a snapshot of what some readers are saying.
I don’t know what the fuss is all about. We should be adopting not banal ‘‘mass’’ but ‘‘value-added’’ tourism. The ban (hooray!) on petrolheads merely opens up cleangreen opportunities.
Tenders should be put out by the Auckland Council or whoever, to hire electric bikes like they do in Queen St, to take tourists up Mt Eden should they decide not to walk or be pushed by a friend or relative.
And what about offering a complimentary cuppa at that disused building coming down the other end?
Ta Iuli, via email
I fully support the shuttle service. This addresses the concerns raised by Mark Gibson of the Explorer service about elderly or disabled visitors.
Otherwise all abled-bodied individuals can enjoy the walk to the summit.
Geoffrey Hinds, email
via From Twitter.com:
@RosemarieNorth: Not sure access to Mt Eden is a #humanright but it seems wrong to deprive some people of the view. #disability
@JusSumWun: Anyone mooting the idea of an Auckland cable car? Haha gives people options.
@TFaddy: Great news, One Tree Hill first though – it’s mayhem up there! Ms Fryer is talking rubbish.
I run up and around Mt Eden three or four times a week, and have been for years. The best move was getting rid of the buses. Since then it is safe to walk (and run) up the road, the summit is way less congested.
I have never seen ‘‘antisocial behaviour’’ or people drinking up there.
I have never experienced bad or fast drivers up or down the road. I am in favour of removing all traffic, but maybe that’s just me being selfish and wanting the whole road to myself and my family. I can see others’ point of view that they should be allowed to drive themselves, family, elderly or other people to the summit to enjoy our wonderful city. Removing buses from the summit was a great idea. Now charge all the tourists (or tourist buses) an exorbitant amount to park halfway.
Anon3, via Stuff.co.nz
The burning question here is what will this investigation by yet another corporate body within the super-city cost the long-suffering ratepayers of Auckland for very little benefit.
BobbyM, via Stuff.co.nz
Great, cars are a pain parked at top of mountain with stereos blaring, drinking etc. Get a life and walk up but what’s missing is the opportunity to build and run a tramway up the hill and charge something modest whilst giving the elderly and disabled access.
Why do they want to ban cars? There will be many people who will be eliminated from the pleasure of a trip up the mountain. There is a safe public road with parking at the top which has worked out well for decades. Is this change something to do with the change of ownership that occurred last year. If so I can see the whole place fenced off like Waitangi with a ticket kiosk at the bottom of the hill. Like Waitangi, these reserves should be there for everybody.
Great idea, now can the council also guarantee that it will be fine for long enough to walk the required distance?
Retired13, via Stuff. co.nz
Mt Eden: Cars will eventually be banned from the summit.