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Kia ora- The best thing about the North Shore Times team’s Lake Rd race was our get­ting out of the ‘‘car com­fort zone’’ and try­ing out cycling and catch­ing the bus. In this in­stance, the car won, but a pub­lic trans­port-hat­ing reporter dis­cov­ered the re­lax­ing as­pect of tak­ing the bus, and the cy­clist en­joyed her work­out. As the pop­u­la­tion grows and in­ten­si­fies, it is mad­ness to keep plan­ning trans­port based on ex­pen­sive, one lane-oc­cu­py­ing, car­bon-emit­ting metal­lic ob­jects that gen­er­ally carry only one pas­sen­ger. If we want to en­joy liv­ing in Auck­land in the fu­ture, we need cheap, fre­quent pub­lic trans­port op­tions, and safe, pleas­ant walk­ing and cycling op­tions. I was dis­mayed to read the Devon­port-Taka­puna Lo­cal Board voted against a cy­cle lane be­ing in­cluded in the $12 mil­lion Hurst­mere Rd re­de­vel­op­ment in cen­tral Taka­puna. Lo­cal politi­cians need to com­mit to cy­cle lanes and pub­lic trans­port. They just need to en­sure there is done well, with ef­fec­tive com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion, sup­port for busi­nesses and a vi­sion­ary de­sign so­lu­tion that works for every­one. - Jodi Yeats

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