Saturday on Anniversary weekend. Aucklanders flock to the sea, as ever, but what is new is that so many don’t choose to do this by driving out of town on our vast new motorways to distant beaches but head downtown to our new but still only part built waterfront. Don’t get me wrong I love a secluded beach too, and many no doubt are there right now, but this use of the city is worth remarking on because it is relatively new. And like the rapid growth of new urban residents [up 46.5% in the latest census, biggest rise anywhere in the country], the rise in cycling and use public transit services [and demand for the improvement of both] is showing every sign of being a permanent shift, a secular change, and not just a fad…. enjoy!