Auckland is in the process of changing from a city of cars to becoming more of city for people but in most places that still is not reflected in our infrastructure. That can often leave situations like you can see so perfectly illustrated below where a lot of people are crammed onto a small traffic island surrounded by a sea of roading with few vehicles on it. The image was provided by our friend Geogoose.
Just to highlight how much more efficient the people are, there are actually more of them on that island than in cars (based on an average occupancy of 1.2).
@geogooseI I count 28 people on foot and 24 cars with likely no more than 24 people. Yet who gets all the space. pic.twitter.com/1GdJwSpicK
— Calcineurin (@seen_in_ak) September 7, 2016
This happens to be the same intersection that is holding up the extension of the Nelson St cycleway, because some are adamant that without retaining those two left turn lanes, there will widespread chaos for drivers wanting to get to the motorway.
While we’ve seen some great improvements over the last few years, this is a good reminder that there is still so much that needs to be done.