Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: Lowering the Stakes

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  • Matthew Poole, in reply to Russell Brown,

    A fairly damning graphic showing how much Auckland is not spending on cycle infrastructure.

    All the more damning in the face of a projected $60 billion transport spend for the region over the decades to 2040.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4097 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen R, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    The only place in NZ I can find that's carrying any MIPS helmets is Burke's Cycles, and they only have a single POC model.

    Strolling past iRide in Thorndon on Saturday, and I saw a couple in the window. Went in and had a look and seemed to be two different models in a range of sizes.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2009 • 259 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    a projected $60 billion transport spend for the region over the decades to 2040

    my brain has gone on strike but maybe someone else can link to Transport Blog comparing that gold-plated wish list with the cheaper and better Congestion Free Network they developed with GenZero.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

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    Note to whoever is currently Minister for Buggering Up Auckland Transport:

    This is what cities aspiring to be great, international cities, or at least liveable cities do: Invest huge amounts of money in public transport. Subway line, in the pictured case.

    Slogan: "The people's subway, the people build, build a good subway for the people." A bit old school communist-y, I know, but I thought governments of democratic countries were supposed to work for the good of the people.

    60 billion dollars?!?!?! So why has it been so hard to get digging on the CRL started? Such a simple, short subway line compared to the gigantic network they're trying to build here in Beijing. I feel a bit ashamed that the government of my own country, which is generally considered developed, is so miserly when it comes to smart, efficient ways of transporting people around cities, when the government of an undeniably still third world country can spend so much - and build high-speed intercity rail networks, too - 600km/h, they've been saying this month, they want to build trains that run up to 600km/h! Imagine how cool it would be to have trains like that running Auckland to Wellington and Picton to Invercargill!

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    trains that run up to 600km/h! Imagine how cool it would be to have trains like that running Auckland to Wellington and Picton to Invercargill!

    I think we'd settle for trains that could run at 100km/h between those centres! Right now it's not even 50km/h average between Auckland and Wellington.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4097 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    Anyone check the invisible helmet out???

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1590 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Ross Mason,

    Heads up!

    Anyone check the invisible helmet out???

    Someone linked to it last year, but still one to keep telling people about I reckon.
    I also imagine it could help with general eldercare - especially for falls, maybe a hip version as well - they seem to be getting small enough.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7944 posts Report Reply

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