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Bike shed opponents ask for cage

JESS ETHERIDGE
Last updated 05:00 06/12/2013

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Vocal opponents of a controversial bike shed on Birkenhead Wharf now want a storage cage on the wharf for their exclusive use.

Northcote-Birkenhead Yacht Club lobbied Auckland Transport to remove a $66,000 bike shed built earlier this year, which members claim is a safety hazard.

But now the club wants a storage cage on the wharf to make it easier to access its collection of 420-class boats over summer.

Club commodore Graham Thow says it takes up to 90 minutes to get the boats out of the club's building storage.

Mr Thow told Kaipatiki Local Board on November 27 the issue around the public bike and scooter storage shed is solely of "safety".

Sailors are blocked from view by the bike shed, Mr Thow says.

But his presentation changed tack when Mr Thow asked on behalf of the club to set up the wharf storage cage.

It would be directly in front of Northcote-Birkenhead's club building on the wharf, close to the end of Hinemoa St.

A temporary cage to store boats was set up last summer, Mr Thow says.

Kaipatiki board member Lindsay Waugh could not "help but express a certain level of irony" that club members took issue with the community bike shed but wanted wharf space allocated to suit their storage needs.

Mr Thow reiterated the shed to be a safety concern and the club has no qualms about sharing the wharf with others.

The space requested is already designated for club use, Mr Thow says.

Kaipatiki voted on November 13 to shift the bike shed to a more suitable location.

Auckland Transport has not responded, chairwoman Kay McIntyre says.

A region-wide transport panel, for issues such as the shed, has been created by the council-controlled group, Mrs McIntyre says.

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