Time for a quick gripe, could this possibly be the worst footpath in Auckland? Eyeball the left hand side, there the ‘footpath’ is a slip lane entrance to a carparking building being used for parking by courier vans. And the right hand side, the narrowest footpath I have ever seen!
Here is another view, those buildings on the right are a historic apartment building, next to a modern apartment hotel. They have six carparks between them so obviously most of the residents walk to this buildings. Just out of shot to the right is the headquarters of Fonterra, one of the largest dairy companies in the world. This street sits on the main walking route between these buildings and Queen St. Notice just how ridiculously narrow that footpath is. It’s probably less than a foot wide.
Yep, closer inspection reveals that this footpath is less wide than my foot. The funny thing is to take this photo I had to put my satchel down to handle the camera. I actually had to align my bag lengthwise to fit it on the footpath.
So why do we do these things, just a complete historic disregard for pedestrians? I realise it is a pretty tight lane, but surely our traffic engineers and urban designers can do better than this.