Coleman defends stance
Labour’s Northcote candidate Shanan Halbert questions why, as sport and recreation minister, incumbent MP, National’s Dr Jonathan Coleman doesn’t support SkyPath.
On August 24, Labour announced a $30 million funding boost for SkyPath, as part of its walking and cycling policies.
In a Facebook live chat on August 29, Halbert said it was ’’concerning’’ the Coleman did not support SkyPath, despite Government support.
Coleman was unable to attend the live chat, but said afterwards he did support the principle of being able to walk and cycle across Auckland Harbour Bridge.
However, he didn’t think Northcote Point could cope if it were the sole exit point for cyclists, and SkyPath needed to connect with the SeaPath cycleway.
‘‘It wasn’t so much about SkyPath, it was about the cycle lanes in Northcote Point.
‘‘The cycle lanes and the speed bumps are over engineered. I’m concerned they’ve wrecked a beautiful heritage street.’’
Green Party candidate for Northcote Rebekah Jaung said her party is huge supporter of active and public forms of transport.
ACT’s candidate Tim Kronfeld had doubts about the cost and the reality of the project, specifically the geotechnical problems of clipping on SkyPath.
‘‘If I was the minister of sport and recreation, then I would be totally supportive of SkyPath.’’
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