The detail: the slow wheels of cycling infrastructure
Kirsty Wild donates $ 1000 for the first photo of Mike Hosking cycling on Auckland Harbor Bridge.
Dr Wild is an avid cyclist and expert in cycle paths. An environmental sociologist at the University of Auckland, she has been studying healthy / sustainable transport transitions for the past five years. She has also done a lot of research on “bike lash” or negativity towards cyclists.
She and her young son were among hundreds of people who walked the Harbor Bridge on Sunday as part of the “Clear the Way” protest.
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They are calling on Waka Kotahi to test a bike path on the bridge for three months this summer. The transport agency is studying converting a traffic lane to a cycle lane, but says the current barriers on the side of the bridge are not safe for cyclists and walkers. It also states that there is no protection against traffic entering a cycle lane.
Cyclists say the government has been too slow to come up with a solution, but critics of cyclists who breached police barriers to access the bridge called them cockroaches and lice on social media and urged motorists to use their bumpers to crush them. .
Today, Wild talks to The detail on what happened on Sunday; the angry and mean backlash and why she would cross the bridge again in protest.
She jokes that Hosking and other vocal bike lane opponents would be pedaling the bridge in the second week of a bridge lane opening – if that ever happens.
On the serious side, Wild says Auckland will never reach the goal of 7% “modal share” for cyclists by 2030 to meet climate goals, unrelated to the North Shore.
Auckland Council has pledged to halve the city’s emissions by 2030 from current levels. As part of the transport targets, the modal share of the cycle per distance will drop from 0.9 percent now to seven percent. The modal share is the number of trips or the percentage of travelers, using a particular type of transport, from public transport to car, walking and cycling.
Wild says that goal is unrealistic without a cycle path over the Harbor Bridge.
“What are we doing? We can’t wait 10 years for electric cars, we keep our cars for about 12 years, there is very little charging infrastructure (for electric cars), even the urban rail link will cut emissions by one percent. Ferries are full, 50 people were turned back last month trying to put their bikes on ferries, cycling is one of the first taxis out of row on the weather.