RODNEY ROADS NEED BIKE PATHS
Regarding Calls for rural roading review February 20) - Maybe it should have been titled ‘‘Rodney roads unsafe for bikes.’’ Here’s a solution; just require that these roads have bike paths. The Crown can then allocate some of the $333 million its spending on bike paths to get them sealed as bicycles would not be able to safely navigate Rodney’s rotten metal roads. community viz. roads, water and sewage. They are the priorities, and most rural dwellers in
Rodney have only roads within that list of basics and are thereby subsidising the remainder, to a not inconsiderable degree. Any dreams such as multisport buildings by Ms Houlbrooke and her cohorts come at the end of the budget if there is a surplus. The idea that a targeted levy should be used to ‘‘bring forward’’ parkn-ride facilities is an absurdity – given the grid-lock future of our neighbouring city, any half decent local authority overseas would have built the things years ago – probably on time and on budget too. No, along with 90 per cent I won’t be wasting my time filling in another submission form. By now most people who notice have realised they are only obligatory public relations fluff undertaken after decisions have been made behind closed doors. If our Local Boards wish to insist $150 of what we already pay, is popped into road sealing et al, I for one will not object.
Residents shouldn’t have to pay for road sealing, a resident says.