I see the sign in question for Woodhouse take precedence over
the physio pool cut. Its importance to Woodhouse at least
draws a comment from him. If this dosn't show almost a
contempt for the cuts his government has carried out in
Dunedin then I don't know what does.
To my bemusement skinhat asserts "...cycle networks ... are a
lot cheaper to build than other infrastructure like freeways
or stadiums or museums. They probably also bring in a lot
more tourists than a museum or stadium." This may be
true in many other countries but not in NZ. Since
passenger ships were replaced as the main means of overseas
travel, though still used within NZ in the form of the
inter-island ferries, aeroplanes have brought in more
tourists than cycles or railways. Museums and stadiums
can at times offer transports of delight to those who visit
them on a good day. Be that as it may, they are however
noted for their stolid locational immobility.
Susan Devoy should suggest to Jamie Whyte that he
If this is supposed to be ACT party policy, then same on him
and shame on the party. His argument is without
The example he gives of Maori seats is ridiculous. Maori vote
for one party and one electorate candidate, just like
The first thing I would expect of a philosopher is clear
thinking, but not in this case.
Now that it has been revealed that counters were used to look
for cyclists to count to justify spending money on a seasonal
facility (cycle lanes) that almost 800 people were spotted
using, perhaps they can count the people using the physio
pool over the same period and then apportion the same amount
of funding allocated to the cycle lanes. That ought to see
the facility funded for the foreseeable future at least.
One has to marvel at the focus of some of the negative
comments on these cycle-way articles. Taking issue with the
routes chosen, or with the way in which our communities have
been involved in decision making processes is one thing.
However, comments against the establishment of routes in
general are backwards, embarassing, and sometimes even
A modern city requires safe and useful provisions for bicycle
commuting. If it does not have this then the city is neither
modern, nor will it have many commuting cyclists. N.B. there
will be more cyclists when cycling is safe and easy.
Personally I am a recent convert to cycle commuting, and it
is precisely the widening of the cycle lanes that has made it
a viable option for me. It is healthy, cheap and (during peak
traffic) faster than driving.
Googling, I dont see any cases where a cycle network is built
and it's underused or is idle. Overseas they are always
popular. It's understandable with high fuel prices, people
wanting to stay fit and a lot of traffic congestion. I don't
understand the dislike some people have for cycle networks.
They are a lot cheaper to build than other infrastructure
like freeways or stadiums or museums. They probably also
bring in a lot more tourists than a museum or stadium and are
a lot more used.
Qsrc: I think you deliberately misunderstand - my point was
that they should be chased from the front page, not
that they should be chased out of town. The number of
hamburgers sold on that part of Andy Bay road likely won't
change once the novelty of yet another American chain has
worn off and as a result some of these jobs will displace
jobs from their neighbours.
The people who do deserve the front page are those locals who
start their own companies that employ people here and export
the results - of course they all start small and never just
start up with 50 employees. The real world just doesn't work
Carpetbaggers who show up with a bunch of money with the
intent of bleeding far more out of the economy don't deserve
those sorts of accolades or respect.