East and Bays Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

It’s about time Auck­land streets are given back to the peo­ple.

For too long cars have had pri­or­ity over pedes­tri­ans in Auck­land’s CBD.

A num­ber of streets have been vastly im­proved in re­cent years af­ter be­ing pedes­tri­anised. Think El­liot St, Vul­can Lane, Fort St and O’con­nell St.

These trans­for­ma­tions have made them more wel­com­ing places to visit, shop, dine and so­cialise.

Iron­i­cally, O’con­nell St busi­nesses ini­tially op­posed it be­ing turned into a shared space. Then, when cars were blocked from driv­ing down there dur­ing a Frey­berg Place re­vamp, they re­alised just how much bet­ter a space is when cars are re­moved.

Now they’re pe­ti­tion­ing for through traf­fic to be banned per­ma­nently.

Great in­ter­na­tional cities de­sign streets that give pri­or­ity to pedes­tri­ans not pri­vate ve­hi­cles. While Auck­land made some gains in this area there is still a way to go.

High St and Lorne St should be first off the rank fol­lowed by the jewel in the crown - Queen St.

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