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.

Central Leader - - OPINION -

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

Mt Eden

via From Twit­

@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

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

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.

Mt Eden: Cars will even­tu­ally be banned from the sum­mit.

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