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Bikelash? – new creative forms of cognitive dissonance

The Editor, The Listener,

Private Bag 92512, Wellesley St.,  Auckland 1141

24 February, 2018

Dear Editor,

In Island Bay, Wellington, there was consultation on the bikeway over many months, and people in Wellington and elsewhere generally have heard about the coming of cycleways for years. But as Kathryn King of Auckland Transport put it kindly about their cycleways, “we didn’t perhaps hear from all the people who now have concerns”. Indeed.  The catalyst for the bikelash in Island Bay was, if I may use the vernacular, Council finally got around to building the bloody thing.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Car parking on Crawford Road Kilbirnie needs another look

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

11 December, 2017

Dear Editor:

Crawford Road is the main road between Kilbirnie and Newtown. Bus and other traffic relies on that route.  It seems time to reconsider whether car parking is a good idea on Crawford Road.  As transport in Wellington is re-invented for the future there may a better combination of facilities on Crawford Road in which there are fewer of no car parks.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

published 18/01/18


Curiouser and curiouser in Island Bay

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

09 October, 2017

Dear Editor:

As a WCC councillor Paul Eagle had always seemed to support every whim in Island Bay without offering cautionary insights. As the rhetoric over car parking and the cycleway heated up last year, reaching ‘Tea Party’ (read Donald Trump) proportions, there he was nodding his head. Read the rest of this entry »


Island Bay discussion is about cars, not a ‘cycleway’

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

21 August, 2017

Dear Editor:

In Island Bay they are still trying to hide behind the term ‘cycleway’ in their transport discussions. ‘Cycleway’ is no more than a code word.  What they are, and have always been, talking about is cars.  Read the rest of this entry »


Island Bay uproar is still about cars, not a cycleway

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

06 May, 2017

Dear Editor:

An Island Bay resident was this week quoted in the daily paper about the growing number of cars parked on the streets throughout the village. He says most families have two cars and some even more (as many as five).  What has been happening in Island Bay? Read the rest of this entry »


Thanks to Nikki Papatsoumas of Cook Strait News

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

23 January, 2017

Dear Editor:

Thanks to Nikki Papatsoumas for her insight and efforts on Cook Strait News. The coverage of the local body elections in 2016 was second to none when other local media coverage was generally mediocre. Read the rest of this entry »


Speed bumps in Island Bay – here they go again?

The Editor,  The Cook St. News,  Wellington

29 August, 2016

Dear Editor:

So three of the speed bumps along The Parade in Island Bay are to be removed despite their usefulness in slowing down vehicles toward the speed limit of 30 k/hr (18/08).  Seems like another over reaction in Island Bay to limits on the use of motor vehicles.   Read the rest of this entry »