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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.

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