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Auckland Council Condemns Cyclists to an Early Grave

Auckland Council Condemns Cyclists to an Early Grave

14 May 2014

A group of Auckland cyclists have installed a graveyard on the lawn outside the Auckland Council building. They’re highlighting the dangerous position cyclists have been placed in because Auckland Council and Auckland Transport are not providing adequate cycling infrastructure.

The crosses are adorned with helmets symbolizing the ratepayers, motorists, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters who the Council has failed to keep safe on Auckland's roads.

“Cycling isn’t dangerous, Auckland’s roads are dangerous” said spokesperson Jeff Harrison.

Auckland Transport continues choosing options that endanger cyclists, like removing cycle lanes from Dominion Roads’ development in a late stage of planning.

Today is the last day for submissions for the development of K’Road, this is a great opportunity for the council and Auckland Transport to step up and show some strong leadership. “We’re out here speaking to the public and encouraging people to make pro-cycling submissions on this development” Mr. Harrison said.

'Mayor Len Brown claims to want to make Auckland the world's most livable city, but livable cities around the world all have impressive networks of separated cycle ways and have moved away from car dominated streets.”

“The Council have an opportunity to move on this issue by providing separated cycle lanes, installing protected intersections, and advocating for human centered traffic laws."

ENDS

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