Nice brisk walk never hurt anyone, eh?
It has killed considerably less people than cutting back on the provision of good pensioner housing, on council sports fields or on improvements to sewage networks.
Is this the civic-government-policy equivalent to being Godwinned?
You could have an argument as to whether providing an efficient and cost-effective transport network should be part of local government's responsibility; but I didn't think we were. Accepting for the moment that it is, then it's perfectly legit to suggest spending large amounts of money when extensive analysis over a large period of time indicates that it will pay off (for all transport users, not just public transport users!) in the foreseeable future. Let's have that discussion instead...
the major impediment to uptake of public transport is most likely to be public attitudes to sharing a ride.
Except that the experience in Auckland in the last 5-10 years is that when a service is improved by improving speed, capacity, accessibility and frequency, almost straight away heaps more people use it. Suggesting that the major impediment to uptake of public transport (in Auckland at least) is that for a large number of destinations, it sucks.
Edit: @andrea - snap
Central Auckland is already provided with excellent rail coverage. An additional rail loop in the CBD would merely put 3 additional stations in central Auckland where there are already stations at Britomart, Mt Eden and Grafton.
Except the loop doesn't only add stations, it adds capacity. As Britomart is a "stub" station, as dictated by the existing configuration of lines, any train currently stopped occupies in essence a route in plus a route out - no other train can come in behind it and share the same line, unless the trains exit in reverse order to how they enter, which would be a scheduling nightmare. Making a loop allows each line through Britomart to be effectively one-way, so increasing the throughput hugely compared to what it is now.
Hopefully Mr. Arbury will turn up soon with actual numbers to supplant my hand-waving :-)
Edit: Hence the other routes you're suggesting to increase the utility of the system would be impossible without first building the loop, as the current layout in the city couldn't cope with the extra trains.
...a laptop has too many chords out the side...
Tell me about it. I had an Autoharp like that once.
will fix the problem
Holy reflexive hyperlink, Batman!
@Jackie - Hi :-)
Re. places to buy bikes, I'm not sure if they do finance, but I've always found Planet Cycles near the top of Dominion Rd. to be very helpful.
Prostetnic Vogon Joyce
Bahahahahahah! He of the Holiday Hyperspace Bypass?
Actually the EPH and roundabout are the least of my worries (I have no compunction about approaching the roundabout in the centre lane, sticking my hand out and rolling around at 20km/h - it's not like the traffic is going any faster). The bad bits are the bridges over the inlet, the dastardly 3-lane Panmure bridge being the worst; having to cross Harris Rd to get to $JOB (OK I admit it, going south I ride on the footpath); and coming home, the narrow stretch of Balmoral Road just before Mt Eden road.
My commute. It's mostly pretty yuck-looking, which along with the heavy traffic and being just a bit too long for comfort, goes some way towards excusing me for only cycling once a week or so. Although now that my wife can drive, I may need to leave the car at home more often...
I see I'll have to read PA from my FreeBSD box more often if I'm to beat your Solaris (SunOS) user. Consider this a challenge, unnamed unix user!