Posts by Dan Salmon

  • Hard News: Auckland's future: Keep calm,…, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    As an aside, there's a great article about lost opportunities in that 1858 decision in the latest Harpers Magazine (or maybe LRB?) -exploring the downside of committing to said waste system. Losing a chance to use solids in agriculture, instead concreting up streams and rivers and flushing it all out to sea. Also flushing toilets geysering bacteria up into the air and spreading disease. Interesting.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 16 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Two roads lead to the city,

    I'd like to see the trees stay too, but there really does seem to be a 1 step forward 2 step back element to any cycling progress in the city, & i agree the soccer morning insanity is crazy, and there again the problem is compounded by facilities not providing secure bike racks. How hard can it be...

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 16 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Illegal Highs,

    Hey Russell, thanks for this thoughtful post. Helps me make sense of the whole mess.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 16 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Language of Climate, in reply to George Darroch,

    Yep.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 16 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Godfather…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Clever. They'd be a good High School resource.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 16 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Godfather…,

    Nice to be reminded of Marie and the Atom. I remember a performance around that time with Kiwi Animal at the synagogue/asb. Hammers, nails, balloons and a song of anti-nuke visit rhyming chanting 'submarine urine submarine urine'

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 16 posts Report Reply

  • Busytown: School bully,

    Having watched the coach of a 'top' auckland private boys school blatantly cheat (yelling false information at the opposition team to put them off) in the last minute of a sports game yesterday (when two schools were locked neck and neck) i kept thinking - performance pay - performance bonus. The expression on his face when they ultimately lost wasn't a good one for young men who should be learning grace and dignity under pressure. If that's the future, we need to do everything we can to keep it out of our public schools.

    On a more constructive note: every study i have seen shows parental education background and early childhood as the biggest predictors of successful life outcomes. Any party that really wants to address these issues needs to ensure children are born into health, unstressed, literate homes. It's a long game, but the only way to change anything.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 16 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Lowering the Stakes,

    I know I'm quoting him twice today, but the old man used to reckon most of these problems would be solved if cars didn't have windscreens. That way drivers would have a proper sense of speed and vulnerability. Maybe making car drivers feel less godlike would be a good political plank for Colin Craig.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 16 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Lowering the Stakes, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    I'd rather wear no helmet than have the false security of a secondhand helmet with no idea of its condition. If I got a secondhand helmet with a bike, it'd go into landfill. It'd also be unlikely to fit my head shape

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 16 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Lowering the Stakes,

    Where to start ? Auckland Transports intransigence? Having spent 6 years trying to sort safe pedestrian access for our poor little school (that just got torched) with AT reps who seemed to think pedestrians only travelled in walking buses.
    Road laws- my father, a bike activist way back, who used to insist we ride by rode code "we have the same right etc" recently decided he was wrong and we all need to ride to survive. It's no longer a principle now his grandchildren are cycling.
    City cycling: Having been near hit several times obeying the law at the Ponsonby rd K rd intersection - I now bunny hop onto the footpath ride through cars waiting at the lights. K rd itself fine, if you time it right you get all the ped crossings and no traffic.
    Laws are great if they protect everyone, but road laws currently function to protect the rights of motorists- until that changes I will ride to survive. And will continue to ride. -15 mins grey Lynn to princes st rush hour and priceless look on hotel concierges face when I asked him to park my 15 yr old mtn bike while I had a meeting.
    Cars and aggression: It seems to me it's the same part of the brain as prejudice. Cyclists are different and they seem to be getting something for nothing, I'd faster where roads are for cars... And and and... That short term part of the brain that sees 5 seconds waiting to get past a bike as infinitely worse than 5 minutes stuck behind a line of brother cars.
    Footpath riding? A hilariously nonsense argument when inner city footpaths are blocked by parked SUVs - Coming back to another issue AT seem unable to deal with.
    Cars and bikes seem to work together in some cities, why not here?
    Perhaps the poor man in Parnell, didn't see the truck, perhaps he just made a bad call. Trucks and buses are nightmare. Weight, inertia and slipstream sucking anything smaller in underneath.
    I do wonder whether a law change that shifts emphasis from drivers license as human right to Licence as privilege is long overdue.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 16 posts Report Reply

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