In terms of demographics, it almost goes without saying that someone in their 60's now, was probably in their mid-20's in the 1970's.
So I suspect their responses would be a lot different to our parents' or grandparents' generations!
The most relevant point (for me) in your whole post was:
It’s vital to note that these things didn’t just happen – they were the result of the advocacy of groups like Cycle Action Auckland, which eventually obliged NZTA to build or fund the overground stretch of the SH20 cycleway traversed by the new tunnel.
The team at CAA have been absolutely brilliant over the last few years I've followed them. How do they get recognized for this? They deserve medals, the whole lot of them. Big gold ones!
Selfie. But that's just "my view" of course...
I remember Bowie and Cheap Trick. Especially at Cheap Trick as I recall the Town Hall was likely to fall down if we got out of our seats! Didn't seem to stop us...
March 1977 when I was 14. Rockin Rod Stewart! At the grand old Western Springs. I grew to hate his output from about when Hot Legs was a huge hit but back in the days of Maggie May and Sailing etc he was ok. And a good show to start out with...
(Alice Cooper followed a month later so I guess I got the bug!)
Just listened to Dinosaur Jr and can't get the smile off my face. God it's good to have him back!
I'm not a f***ing cyclist.
I'm not a f***ing driver either.
I cycle sometimes, and I drive a lot. I usually enjoy both. So which brush to tar myself with?
There are some fools on bikes out there. Yup, some flaunt some road rules and create hazardous situastions. And p*ss (that asteryx again!) off drivers.
There are some fools in cars out there. Fools who repeatedly drive drunk. Who drive beyond their (or the road's) capabilities. Who drive with no regard for any other road user, other than hatred for whoever is in their way at that moment.
I've been reading a lot of general anger this week - that those poor people who lost their lives (and left many other shattered lives behind) somehow deserved it because cycling on our roads is dangerous. Even that because cycles and cars don't seem to mix, bikes SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED to share roads or use them.
What f***ing bullshit. By that logic we could equally ban all cars becuase of those fools who kill while driving drunk, or hit cyclists or pedestrians. We know that cannot happen.
I don't know how attitudes change but I'm guessing it's a long haul - many years, not an overnight thing just because of a Coroner's enquiry. The only people we can control, are ourselves. Whether we are driver's or cyclists, we can only manage how we react to other users out there.
Germany and The Netherlands have structured their laws so that in a car/bike accident, the car is ALWAYS deemed to be at fault. The onus is always on the driver of the larger vehicle to anticipate and react to any behaviour (wreckless or otherwise) of the smaller one. It's a start, it works there.
The Clean, The Chills, The Gordons, The 3Ds, The Bats (why were they all "The"?)...all great, all NZ, all still sounding like they should.
But I can never forget the first time i put on Somebody Ate My Planet and heard BAGPIPES in a pop song. And this wasn't The Proclaimers it was those wonderful slightly askew NZ pop Able Tasmans. CD stayed on my player for about 3 weeks I coudn't take it off. Unique amazing unmistakable and could only be ours...
Never met anyone from the label, the bands, the helpers. Hell I didn't even see enough gigs, but somehow my music life would not be the same without them all.
Thanks Flying Nun.