Will you join our SkyPath rally on Sunday, 9am, May 26? Download the flyer.
We will gather at Point Erin (south side of the Bridge) at 9am and plan to walk and cycle across the Bridge (and back) as we did in 2009 (click for an awesome video!). It will be a significant occasion given it is the 60th anniversary of the Bridge. Please invite your friends and family!
We’ve set up this Facebook event so you can advise if you intend coming along.
Why are we doing this?
It has become apparent that NZTA has no intention of delivering SkyPath. In spite of the SkyPath design having been approved by NZTA, the resource consent issued and project funding granted by the Government, NZTA is now playing dirtier than ever:
- Since late last year, NZTA have imposed an information black out on SkyPath Trust. All correspondence goes through NZTA’s Official Information Act unit which declines every request for information.
- NZTA now claim they do not know the design (even they supported the design process and the resource consenting.
- NZTA refuse to meet with us to arrange for the use of SkyPath Trust’s intellectual property.
What about safety? We will only cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge if Police can provide safe access. They provided this in 2009 when approximately 5,000 Aucklanders walked and cycled across the Bridge. We plan to walk & cycle up to the top of the bridge from the Curran Street on-ramp and return the same way.
Won’t this cause disruption to motorists?
No. NZTA can allocate the western clip-on lanes for the demonstration, whilst motorists use the remaining 6 motorway lanes.
Why is NZTA blocking SkyPath?
NZTA’s management don’t see active transport (walking, cycling, escooters, etc) as having a role to play in resolving traffic congestion, climate change and all the related health issues of our overly car-dependent transport system. NZTA see SkyPath and SeaPath has having some tourism value but fail to see how it adds the capacity of an additional traffic lane to the Harbour Bridge… a healthy, fun and congestion free lane across the Waitemata!
What do we hope to achieve by this?
We want to give Aucklanders the opportunity to demonstrate their support for greater walking and cycling across Auckland. We hope that this will convice NZTA to get on with it!
We were in a similar situation in 10 year s ago when we felt compelled to demonstrate by marching over the bridge in 2009. NZTA had shut down communication saying walking and cycling across the bridge was not possible due to engineering constraints and lack of funding. That demonstration unlocked the subsequent progress on SkyPath which is now NZTA approved, resource consented and Government funded.
SkyPath is not only a flagship for the Government to transform the Auckland Harbour Bridge, it is the catalyst for the long overdue walking and cycling network across Auckland. It is an important response to climate change, traffic congestion and the many health issues caused by our car dependent transport system.