Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Speaker: Why all the fuss over six trees?, in reply to Jolisa,

    did anyone consider the option of running the bike and pedestrian path behind the trees?

    I still think the best place for a cycle path through that intersection is underneath. Given the relative ease of running smallish tunnels nowadays it seems the obvious way to make sure the bikes and the cars never have to cross each others path.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3535 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Why all the fuss over six trees?, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    in a year everyone will sit around

    You forgot to note that in two years that nice Mr Key will promise everyone a tax cut and all this wailing and moaning and gnashing of teeth will be forgotten and they'll vote for him again.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3535 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: This Week in Parliament: 26…, in reply to Ross Mason,

    Taking TMI to a whole new level

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3535 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: This Week in Parliament: 26…,

    It is so refreshing to have non-hysterical political commentary each week to bring us down to earth. If one only were to rely on the MSM reports one might think cabinet was a bunch of money hungry lunatics. Thanks to Ms Spong's transcripts we can see they are just normal everyday blokes* doing their, or each others, bit.

    *Even the girls

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3535 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We can make things better here, in reply to steven crawford,

    I was never diagnosed with dyslexia when I was at school. Dyslexia was not officially recognized until around ten years in New Zealand. I find that by putting it out there about the dyslexia helps.

    What I love about you is that you never use dyslexia as an excuse for not trying - as a result you inevitably succeed.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3535 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: UPDATE: Jimmy's best films of…,

    Thank you for your recommendations.

    We only ever watch movies now on blu-ray at home - the pause button, the big screen, the glass of wine and the absence of that annoying idiot three rows back - has meant our days of going to the cinema are over.

    So having your thoughts on movies to buy and your reasons helps a lot. Who knew a movie reviewer could actually give their reasons for an opinion!!!

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  • Capture: Laneway 2015, in reply to JacksonP,

    they asked if I could take their photo

    Would've been rude to refuse, right?

    Looks like you had a great day, some great shots.

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  • Hard News: We can make things better here, in reply to Ben Gracewood,

    city-bound morning traffic will be a clusterfuck

    That is not entirely the point. There is not that much you can do about peak hour traffic without getting people to use mass transit.

    But what is more important is that outside peak hours a large amount of traffic will be removed from roads like the suburban arterial routes. In particular, a lot of heavy traffic (trucks and goods vehicles) during the day will choose to use a road actually designed for heavy traffic.

    Nobody is expecting Waterview to solve every problem but a lot of groups who are otherwise very critical of roading have stated quite clearly that this connection is worthwhile. Bicycle seat critics notwithstanding, I tend to agree with them.

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  • Hard News: We can make things better here, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    He uses the word “clusterfuck” in the post. Calling that level of furious “unimpressed” is up there with calling Hurricane Katrina “a mild breeze”. Nicely done.

    He is justifiably angry with the weaseling going on.

    Sadly most of the commenters seem to have forgotten that Western Springs essentially replaces Pt Chev as an access on and off the western motorway once the Waterview interchange is complete. There really will be a lot more traffic at that intersection.

    That is still no reason to kill those trees because there quite clearly are several alternatives that do not reduce the ability of that intersection to move the people on and off the motorway.

    Sadly some people have refused to acknowledge that their original idea not the best option and have now become stubborn to the extent of ... well ... lying.

    It's well past time for someone to step in over their heads and force them to change the plans to protect the trees.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3535 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Works in progress, in reply to Sacha,

    I guess we’ll hear more about High St when shopkeeper Murray Crane esq’s views are published in Metro soon. In the meantime here’s Transportblog’s take.

    It's interesting to compare that historical article with the delight that is O'Connell St now. As near as I can tell O'Connell St is a resounding success - except for the length of time it took to build it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3535 posts Report Reply

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