Mike Hosking: Why are we spending $23m upgrading a cycleway nobody uses?

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Mike Hosking,
Publish Date
Mon, 1 Oct 2018, 12:29PM
Which means they're spending $27 million for six people on a sunny day. Photo / Getty Images

Mike Hosking: Why are we spending $23m upgrading a cycleway nobody uses?

Author
Mike Hosking,
Publish Date
Mon, 1 Oct 2018, 12:29PM

So we have another cycleway. It happens to be in Auckland, but it's happening all over the country these days. Wrecking the landscape and the environment around us.

This is a $23 million cycleway. It's in Grey Lynn in Auckland and it looks like it's in some serious trouble because the business community is not supporting it.

And what we've got here is a cycleway that's already been built, and established. That only cost $4.3 million.

But they're going to take that $4.3 million cycleway, which is 3.3 kilometres long, so that's more than $1 million per kilometre, and they're going to rip it up.

How old is this one? It's a year. So it's old.

So they're going to rip it up and replace it with a "higher spec" cycleway. And that's going to be costing between $17 and $23 million. Just what is it we're adding to it?

Is it a bit tatty? Does it need drink stations? What are they doing?

Is that the difference between $4 and $17 million?

This is the one where the Herald put the time-lapse camera on a bright, sunny day between seven and eight in the morning. And they found six people used it. Six.

So it could be $23 million, they've already spent $4 million. So it could be $27 million.

Which means they're spending $27 million for six people on a sunny day. I tell you, the idiots are in charge.