Category Archive for: Critiques

Auckland’s car parking buildings have the best views in the city

  A few weeks ago I had a couple of tourists on the back of my biketaxi. We were going down Quay st and they were asking me why the Britomart carparking building has the best realestate in the area. I didn’t have an answer. It seems like a strange zoning mis-step by the council…

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Bike lanes vs pedestrians

  There is a new bike path on Quay st near the viaduct. This is great in and of itself but it begs the question, who has the right of way? If a pedestrian chooses to walk on the bike path or on any shared path should the cyclist go around the pedestrian or should…

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Auckland Bike taxis are a superior form of transport

I have never owned a car and while it’s a bit inconvenient I feel like my conscience is clearer environmentally and socially. The few times I have driven a car I am struck by how dangerous it is. Just last week I watched a man playing a game o his phone while waiting at a…

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Begging in Auckland

So it’s pretty hard to walk ten metres on Queen st without being asked for spare change from a homeless person. I was talking to a couple of girls who live with their parents in Fort st. They were around fifteen or sixteen I guess and they had come out begging for the evening. Not…

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Myers Park and the Taniwaha who would not be tamed

So the other night I had a couple of people in the back of the rickshaw and I rode them up to the bridge over Myers Park. As they got off the bike they were talking like they didn’t really want to pay the fare. Now granted it was three in the morning, granted they…

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Where’s my Cycleway?

The beach road cycleway is 1.5 kms of dedicated cycle-path in Auckland city that I can’t figure out how to use. It is a two-way cycleway so bikes are next to each other instead of on opposite sides of the road. The concept is sound until the intersection at Te Taou Crescent and Beach rd…

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Less Robots More People Please

A couple of years ago I was riding around Auckland City managing a team of rickshaw riders for Heart Of The City. We had a new guy, that I will call Karl, that was still learning the ropes and consequentially was making some easily avoided mistakes. It was late at night around 1am on a…

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Auckland will have a car-free inner city

  Why is it that Auckland, with 1.4 million people doesn’t have a plaza or square where people gather as a community? Aotea Square is the incumbent but inadequate place-holder of the role however it’s sparse and impersonal size lends it’s use more to large-scale events rather than everyday socialising. WYNYARD QUARTER IS INADEQUATE The…

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