Posts by Bart Janssen

  • Up Front: Why a Woman is Like a Bicycle,

    What I think is interesting is so many people think the tweet is about cycling.

    So much so that you get anti-cycling responses.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4387 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Trump 2018,

    if you would prefer 2018 to be any less weird than 2017, you're likely to be out of luck

    Add into that the fact that this is an election year.

    Now the thought was that because many of the Senate and Congress seats up for election were safe as houses Republican seats then there was no way there could be a change of the balance in Congress or Senate ... and then there was Alabama.

    Can anyone imagine what Trump would be like with a Democratic majority in Congress or Senate or both? I sure as hell can't guess what he'd do.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4387 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The hard road to a…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    AT would be buying a massive fight by removing that much parking.

    True. It would be a fight. The question is would it actually be the best decision for all users?

    I don't know the answer to that but experience overseas argues that removing carparks increases shopping in areas where that has been done.

    The sad thing is that because a small number of protesters such a question can't even be posed let alone investigated properly.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4387 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The hard road to a…, in reply to Glenn Pearce,

    being forced into taking shortcuts because of budget restrictions.

    I suspect a lot of it is that. Auckland just doesn't have the income of other big cities.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4387 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The hard road to a…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Another example is the bike route running parallel to Dominion Rd.

    Parau St is a good example where speed bumps are used to slow traffic. For me on the bike I just get up on the pedals and let the bike go over the speed bump under me without slowing down, whereas the cars (usually) slow down.

    The intent is to make it safer for me and the kids who use this street.

    However if a car passes me at the top of the street then I will pass it at every speed bump - instead of one interaction with the car I now have multiple interactions with the same car.

    Add a line of parked cars and the odd road narrowing and instead of making accidents between cars and bike less likely, AT has made them a near certainty - albeit with the slight advantage that it will probably be a low speed accident and result in merely a few broken bones.

    Anyone riding that street knows this. Anyone spending even a couple of hours watching traffic on that street knows this.

    So AT got it wrong. They tried something and it didn't work for this street - shit happens. The problem is, they will NEVER change it. Because they are unable to admit mistakes and because they don't go back and look at what they've done to see if it works. Instead it gets ticked off and they never think about it again ...

    unless someone dies.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4387 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The hard road to a…, in reply to Sacha,

    older kiwis. not so much into the future.

    Agreed. Which is another layer in the adaption problem.

    That said, that varies in different parts of Auckland. I don't have to ride very far to see people who clearly spend half their weekend cleaning polishing and modifying their car(s). For some it's the only large asset they are likely to ever own.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4387 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The hard road to a…, in reply to Moz,

    and most importantly kiwis LOVE their cars.

    My experience, and understanding of the research, is that dependence isn't love, and people "choosing" to use the only viable option doesn't indicate commitment.

    Have you seen Jim Jeferries take on Americans and their guns.

    Kiwis (and this is a broad generalisation) love their cars in the same way. Put a kiwi behind the driver's wheel and they change personality. Suggest they can't park their car wherever they like and they throw a fit. Suggest they should drive a bit slower and the letters to the editor stream in. Suggesting they don't need two or three cars per household is like challenging their human rights.

    Yeah kiwis love their cars.

    You're right our transport planning has forced that on us to some degree but I really believe there is more to it than simple dependence. Kiwis have a problem with cars.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4387 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The hard road to a…, in reply to Moz,

    Can I suggest that the territory you're in is called "ignorance" and your options are learning from the experience of others, or making the same mistakes as they did?

    Can I suggest you try not being unnecessarily rude?

    I said "part" and I meant "part". Making the same mistakes as everywhere else is not smart but neither is assuming things that work in one place can be transplanted to Auckland and will work exactly the same.

    AT, NZTA, Bike Auckland, Gen zero and the others engaged in this are all aware of that things will need to be fitted to Auckland. The problem is the public isn't as aware both of the experiences in other cities and the problems of adaptation.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4387 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The hard road to a…, in reply to Moz,

    New Zealand isn't The Netherlands and Auckland IS hilly

    The same is true of everywhere outside the Netherlands. People still cycle. Portland, Sydney, London, San Franciso FFS. Auckland is unique just like all the other cities are.

    The point is that folks jumping in and saying "but they did it this way in X so it must work in Auckland" just isn't helpful.

    Auckland has a low population and an even lower density than most exemplars.

    Our solutions can learn from other cities but odds are they will be unique to Auckland in the end - we need to accept that it will take some fiddling around to get it right.

    It also worth remembering that we are doing this at a different time to most other cities - e-bikes are a game changer that will change cycle path design at the same time as they enable more access. Cars are different now, a mix of stupidly big SUVs and hybrids is changing driving as much as it changes the cycling environment.

    That doesn't excuse some obvious stuff ups - nobody should think a 1 metre wide cycle path defined by a white line is reasonable.

    So yeah I stand by the statement that Auckland will need unique solutions that are going to be different and that will take effort.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4387 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    majority

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