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The terrible and untimely death of
cyclist Jane Bishop and the
subsequent court case have shone
more light on Tamaki Drive.
At the same time the Orakei
Local Board is leading the charge
on developing a Tamaki Drive
Master Plan -- a key priority in its
inaugural three-year local board
Orakei Local Board transport
spokesman Ken Baguley rightly
reminds Auckland Transport of
$35 million worth of improve-
ments that should be in the
pipeline for this popular regional
In fact a previous Tamaki Drive
Action Plan identifies 49 serious
and 136 significant safety con-
cerns, with an overhaul of the
Ngapipi Rd-Tamaki Drive inter-
section one of the priorities
I believe that once the master
plan process is complete, Auck-
land Transport will need to
deliver some real budget and
concerted focus to help avoid
another tragedy. Cameron Brewer
Councillor for Orakei
Off the road
Another crash this week, not the
cars fault. Tamaki Drive was
built years ago, when owning a
car was a luxury.
Most of us used public transport
or cycled to work.
In the past 10 years cycling has
became a popular sport, and more
There is one simple solution: if
you cycle for pleasure or sport, get
off the road by 7.30am so the
people who drive to work can do so
without added stress. After all
they pay registration, warrant of
fitness, insurance, etc.
If you re cycling to work, use the
Why don t the sporting cyclists
find quieter streets to train on?
As dog owners, we re not
allowed on the beach at certain
times and we respect that. It is a
matter of give and take.
Turning Quay St into a pedestrian
and cycle-friendly shared space is
a brilliant idea (East & Bays
Courier, February 8).
Cameron Brewer and the other
critics of the proposal just don t
get it -- the way forward for
modern cities is to make getting
into and out of the central city by
private motorcar more difficult.
More people will be forced to
use public transport, and public
transport will have to improve,
providing more frequent and
Improving public transport is
better in every way than
increasing the number of cars in
the central city.
The benefits include improving
traffic congestion, reducing inner-
city air pollution, making the
central city a more pleasant place,
and improving people s health by
increasing their daily activity
levels. Encouraging commuting by
bicycle will have the same
In any case, Tamaki Drive
cannot accommodate much more
motor traffic than it does at the
moment. There is already a need
to improve the public transport
from the eastern bays to and from
That should be a priority,
alongside the admirable and
exciting initiatives being proposed
by the council for Quay St.
Re: Kepa Rd car accident,
February 2, 5.20pm.
Jan and Owen wish to thank all
the wonderful people who came to
our assistance after the accident.
We really appreciated the
thoughtfulness and help offered
The car is not so well but we are
on the mend.
As a fairly recent immigrant to
New Zealand, I notice a giant
1960s-style concrete structure -- a
local dubbed it the Chilly Bin and
another the Maheke Monster -- in
St Heliers village at the western
end as you approach from the city.
This building, on the corner of
Maheke St and Tamaki Drive,
stands empty with forlorn for
lease signs in the windows,
obviously unused and unloved.
Isn t it time to tear it down and
replace it with something more in
keeping with the charming
character of St Heliers village as a
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