Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: Taxpayers' Union: still…, in reply to MxDEJ,

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    That's how it looks, yes.

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  • Hard News: Public Address founder…, in reply to WH,

    WH, your comment has been reported as spam by another reader. But I know who you are and the formatting and language aren't consistent with spam.

    I'm just a bit puzzled as to why you chose to post this here.

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  • Speaker: Shenzen's hire-bike explosion, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Oh and I had intended to add a few more quick notes about all the bikes:

    - no helmets

    I wonder to what extent helmet laws make hire bike schemes more difficult where they apply.

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  • Speaker: Shenzen's hire-bike explosion, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    BTW a quick note about money 1 RMB == 1 yuan == 1 kwai – the distinction between the words is roughly RMB (Remimbi) is the name of the currency (like “sterling”), yuan is more like the name of the unit (like “dollar”), and kwai is what people use (like “bucks”)

    Ooh, thank you, I had wondered.

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  • Hard News: "This seismic time": an…, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Oh, wait...

    I presume Murdoch's still sitting in there with his 5% of Vice Media, but the main corporate shareholder now is A&E Network (Disney and Hearst), with 20%.

    On the same day I talked to Krishna, I also interviewed a couple of executives about the surprising conventional Viceland strategy,

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  • Legal Beagle: Three Strikes five years…,

    I now have this data, following contact by the Ministry of Justice after my retraction (and Nikki Macdonald’s excellent work in the Dominion Post) was published, and the Ministry apologised for falling short of the high standard they set for themselves, and offered to provide comparable data if I still wanted it.

    Well, that’s encouraging. Well done you and them.

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  • Hard News: Paths and ways,

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    Elsewhere, the northwestern cycleway upgrade seems all but completed with the installation of these viewing platforms over the Waterview estuary and the Whau river.

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  • Hard News: Paths and ways, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Good stuff, Russell. Is there a good site where such paths are overlaid on a map. for non-Aucklanders to find them? I did find one site but the details were miniscule.

    Bike Auckland has a good list – including a link to Daniel Cranston's crowdsourced map, which focuses on routes for less confident cyclists, many of which aren't officially listed. It even tells you where the steep hills are!

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  • Hard News: Paths and ways,

    An interesting commentary on the furore in Christchurch about plans to acquire and remove two properties to make a better cycleway:

    What’s particularly ironic is that on the same day that a big fuss was being made about this proposal, The Press was also reporting on the sod-turning for new motorways north and south of Christchurch – motorways that will purchase dozens (hundreds?) of properties and affect numerous houses and businesses, as had been reported before, but now don’t rate a mention. Instructive is the comment in that last article: “We don’t want the motorway here. Who does? But that is progress, isn’t it? You just have to accept this as progress.” So are cycleways ‘progress’ as well? Just like the properties purchased to extend shopping mall carparks, enlarge intersections, create four-lane roads…

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  • Hard News: Paths and ways, in reply to Tony P,

    Here’s what is happening around Napier. The council is putting lots of paths on green belts to link up with other existing cycle trails.

    Ah. Nice to see another council doing the right thing.

    Helps that Napier is pretty much flat most places also.

    And that you have green belts!

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