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Thanks to the organisers of this
year s 40th Round the Bays fun
run. What a fantastic turnout yet
again, for an icon in the Auckland
calendar, and not just for runners.
An estimated 70,000 people made
their way along the waterfront.
Yet only 42,000 official
Yes, there is a cost to register,
but it is an opportunity to help
selected organisations in their
Our family has entered three
times, each time paying our
registration fees. I personally
I would know I was cheating
someone out of a donation.
Even if another 20,000 adults
registered, that s another
$300,000 that could go towards a
worthy charity. They say that
New Zealand is a generous nation
-- let s prove it at next year s
Round the Bays. Tsana Plessius
Re: Zach s had enought (East &
Bays Courier, March 14).
I would like to show you a
Have you ever tried to cross
Remuera Rd in the morning rush
How many cars would stop?
In order to get across to Lucerne
Rd so my eight-year-old could
catch a bus to school, we would
walk an extra kilometre to cross
at either Kelvin Rd or Upland Rd
lights, then come back on the
Sometimes we try to walk right
across the four lanes.
The only time there is a break
in the constant stream of cars is
when a school student uses the
Kelvin Rd lights.
Does your reader or Ms
Simpson know that there is a
primary school on Kelvin Rd
(Meadowbank School) before they
rush to abolish the traffic lights?
And God bless the bus lane!
Going into town is now a hassle-
free journey with predictable
I only wish more people used
the public transport -- that s how
big cities around the world solve
Certainly not by encouraging
When my younger daughter
was attending a creche in the
CBD (to be close to my work), we
travelled on the bus together.
We were lucky that the journey
was only 20 minutes.
And so were the other
passengers as it was a very
enjoyable and quiet 20 minutes
and my toddler did not get
Rather than stare at the car in
front, we could watch the sun rise
over the harbour and look at
trains and ferries on our way.
Here is a suggestion:
How about the young board
speaker (or even the board
members) take a bus to school or
work for one day and broaden
their horizons (quite literally) on
We are both highly
inconvenienced by Remuera Rd
traffic in the mornings -- it is a
I either leave home before
7.15am or almost 9am in order to
get to Newmarket in a reasonable
time (12 to 14 minutes).
Sometimes the traffic is banked
right back to Gowing Dr from
7.30am and it can take 25 to 30
minutes to get to Newmarket.
Since the bus lanes came in it
has become almost unbearable.
Often there are no buses in the
lane at all. Bikes are also a bit of
a nightmare because if you get
behind one you often cannot pass.
I would have thought that cars
with two or more people could use
the bus lane.
I agree with Zach as far as the
traffic on Remuera Rd is
concerned. I join the morning cue
on Temple St and travel most
mornings between 7.50am and
8.15am and the main problem is
cars -- or a couple of big black
buses that park in the bus lane --
which makes the buses have to
come into normal lanes to pass
Get rid of the cars and buses
that park in the bus lane and
there would be no problem.
Get a scooter
The bus lane on Remuera Rd has
significantly worsened the traffic
This is a typical example of
disadvantaging the very large
minority to advantage a very
Thousands of people lose
hundreds of man-hours per day so
that hundreds can save ones of
man-minutes. Never mind, one
day everyone will live at one end
of a bus route and work at the
other. Yeah, right.
However, there is a solution, as
well as T2 which is only good for
say children who can t walk. Get a
scooter/motorbike. When I travel
from Meadowbank to the city I
have an open lane all the way -- no
buses, or virtually none, and no
cars. The bus/motorbike lane has
improved my travelling times
really well, thanks.
Indeed I suggest that all of
Auckland s traffic problems would
be fixed if everyone who travels
alone in a car, got on a scooter.
All bus lanes must be converted to
T2 (school run priority) lanes at
the earliest opportunity. The
future of our great city is
dependent on the free flow of
Remuera tractors carrying
tomorrow s leaders in timely
comfort to school. Orakei Local
Board chairwoman Desley
Simpson should be commended for
encouraging a nine-year-old to so
publicly support the board s
agenda which will surely go a long
way to curb the growth of public
Isn t it great that a nine-year-old
can come up with a solution to the
Remuera bus lane problem. There
is a small flaw however.
Auckland Council installed
these hastily designed lanes years
ago and failed to make them legal.
Combine this with Remuera Rd
residents who have taken the
council to court over the removal
of their on-street parking and you
have an unenforceable bus lane/
clearway. Remuera Rd also boasts
sunken Telecom service covers,
missing road markings and 18
traffic lights between
Meadowbank and Newmarket.
So, don t hold your breath for it
ever being fixed. William M Hicks
I have been in contact with
Auckland Transport for over a
year trying to get an answer about
why cars can park in the bus lanes
without being ticketed.
Six months later, to my
surprise, I receive a reply telling
me that the bus lanes have never
been legal and therefore are not
policed. I have had enough.
Life is too short to sit in traffic.
I get the train from Meadowbank
-- much more economical and
takes 10 minutes to the city.
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