Neighbourly poll: What do you think of Future Streets?
The Future Streets Te Ara Mua project has in Mangere for just over nine months. We asked our Neighbourly members and Facebook followers whether it has added value to the community, or if they've been unhappy with the outcome.
On our Neighbourly poll; 71 per cent of voters said they found it a nuisance, while 28 per cent of respondents were more positively inclined, and of those who viewed it favourably, 15 per cent said it actually motivated them to get cycling.
Our Facebook post on this topic was viewed by over 26,000 people and of those who took part in our unscientific poll, 75 per cent of people voted that it was a nuisance, while 13 per cent voted to say it motivated them to get cycling.
We also received over 200 written comments on this topic.
Thank you to everyone for their feedback. Here is a sample of the comments from our Neighbourly and Facebook pages.
Kim Kemp from Mangere: They take up too much space on the road ... you know the roads that car owners have to pay for WOFs etc to use their cars on, yet what do bicycles pay to have their own lane? Go down Kiwi Esplanade and they bike all over the road as if they have right of way.
Tracey Wanoa from Mangere East: In the last 20 years or so, particularly in and around the Mangere Town Centre, I have only seen about six adults on bikes - the rest have been kids. Good try but I say it's an over extension to think the people around our community will drive slower, dodge kfc or be ready to swap out their crispy chicken combos in exchange for an enthusiastic cardio workout.
Sudhanshu Dandekar from Mangere: I had written a big post here on this criminal waste of ratepayers'/taxpayers' money. I haven't seen anyone using a bicycle here and those devoted cycle lanes are being used as 'parking lots'. But again, I won't blame them because there is no parking available on these 'narrowed' roads now. Earlier there was enough parking and traffic was flowing smoothly. Now there is a big queue anytime of the day; don't even talk about the market day (Saturday). There was absolutely no need of doing all this work. Friesian Drive condition is even worse. Most of the road is half closed with those'islands' and 3 big humps with no indication of a bump there. Those are not even prepared properly. There's no gradual incline or decline. I have spoken to Council but nothing has come out of it. Fed up with this idiotic way of Council working. I am sure, in a few more years, some 'brilliant' council person will come and say oh, this is not required, let's clear the roads, and we will spend again for doing so. If this was done to prevent road racers that is 1 out of 100, you are punishing the other 99 for no reason.
Please bring back our big roads with big parking. We need it for the huge increase in vehicles.