FROM THE EDITOR
According to Auckland Council we have a pedestrian problem on our hands.
A council report has estimated that pedestrian congestion is costing the city about $180 million annually in lost productivity.
I can’t say I have ever walked down Queen St and thought there were too many pedestrians - if anything I’ve thought the city could do with a few more pedestrians to add a bit of atmosphere.
However, it is good to see issues such as pedestrian congestion are on the council’s agenda. Successive councils failed to adequately plan for increased traffic congestion and look where that’s left us.
Ambitious planning is needed to ensure central Auckland is as pedestrian-friendly as possible.
Cars should be banned from Queen St and light rail installed instead. Cars should also be restricted from surrounding streets such as High St, which has 13 times as many pedestrians as vehicles use it each day.
Streets that encourage foot traffic are good for our economy, health and sense of wellbeing.