(and to be honest, a cycle path to devonport from the city would be amazing).
That's actually looking fairly likely as a result of the Skypath decision.
That video is bizarre as is the web page from the Waihitian.
I feel slightly bad that I've gone from "we should consider the concerns of residents in good faith" to "these people are really weird" in the course of a couple of hours.
I've just realised what this reminds me of: the late Owen McShane's tireless campaign against tunnels:
Many of us enjoy walking. Surely, however, most of the pleasure lies in our enjoyment of the passing landscape. Will anyone enjoy walking any distance through a long tunnel beneath the harbour? Tunnels are generally frightening places to even drive through – shades of Princess Diana spring too readily to mind. The prospect of walking through a tunnel would frighten most people out of their wits. Surely the same applies to cycling. And when cyclists or pedestrians are in a tunnel they have no easy escape route from crazed drivers who delight in driving into them, or even from potential kidnappers or molesters.
Later, as he railed against a tunnel in Waterview:
Many people are uncomfortable driving in tunnels. Some call it the Princess Diana syndrome, but many people suffer from genuine claustrophobia in such environments.
We wonder why the interests of the neighbouring residents of Mt Albert are regarded so highly, while the interests of the motoring public, who pay for the project, are totally ignored.
Nearly as strange: Jo Holmes of the Len Brown Must Resign campaign also predicts death, among other things, as a result of the Skypath decision.
She lives on Waiheke.
Speaking of unloveable opposition, Janette Miller's video response to the resource consent approval, in which she depicts Skypath as a potential "death trap" ...
This is a very strange video.
Here's as close as Streeview takes you.
Cycle Action Auckland put together a great post revisiting letters from residents written for PATH, the 1970s campaign for walk-and-cycle access across the bridge.
It includes this amazing message:
At present I cycle to work in the city twice a week via Greenhithe, a round trip of approx 80K taking approx 1 1/2 hours each way. I would do this more often but it is not possible due to the time factor etc. If I was able to use the bridge I would probably cycle one way across the harbour on say two working days per week and both ways on two days, travelling by other means on the fifth day to transport clothes etc. If bridge access is to be provided, it should be available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.
I recommend reading the years of discussion about this project on Transportblog. Really doubt you’d be so worried about the few residents who put so much energy into opposing this when you see how they have behaved.
The leaders of the resistance made the residents hard to love, but I still think it’s reasonable to consider the interests of the small community at the base of the bridge.
Okay, looks like letting my iTunes Match subscription expire might be a risky move for now.
What a mess.