Just yesterday a pod of whales were playing around in the beautiful waters of Onetangi Bay.
The "Upgrade" however, does nothing to support appreciation of the area, and in fact creates an environment openly hostile to anyone not in a motor vehicle.
Driving too fast is becoming an increasing concern on Waiheke Island. There were 78 crashes that resulted in an injury on Waiheke from 2007-2011 and driving too fast for the conditions was an important contributing factor.
and coming up with this image, borrowed from our famous sign down at the car ferry terminal
You'll have to risk your life to walk on this part of this road. Is that what we want for our island?
Parents have contacted me and asked how this happened. How will their kids walk to the bus stop now?
Cycle Action Waiheke are dismayed at this upgrade. Why are we getting an upgrade that diminishes the quality of this road, and makes it easier for only one type of user?
AT are actually encouraging people to drive faster, further alienating horse riders, pedestrians and cyclists!
Shirin Brown, Deputy Chair of the local board and Transport spokesperson explained to me that AT do not consult the local board on these sorts of works, and that this is an area where the Local Board works in an advocacy capacity only.
How is it that our local elected representatives are shut out of such important decisions like this, when these decisions have such a huge effect on the liability of our island?
Perhaps it is a legacy of Rodney Hide's flawed and rushed through Super City legislation.
What can we do now?
Tell the you want to be consulted before your island walkway, cycleways and horse riding paths are upgraded to car race tracks.
We need to demand better, and we need them to know what we want.
We want an island that is Livable, and part of that is being able to walk, cycle or ride to where we want to be without the threat of being bowled over by cars, on safe separated paths.
Tell Auckland transport, they need to slow down