About upcoming NZTA road funding from the latest Cycling Action Network email bulletin:
Transport funding is poured into seven big road projects, starving local councils. The GPS on transport substituted Roads of National Significance (RoNS) for many sustainable transport and road safety programmes, including cycling. A draft GPS for 2012-22 has been released for consultation and CAN has submitted on it. The final version, now released, proposes that over the next 10 years, 51 cents of every transport dollar will go to new road construction (mostly RoNS), with worryingly less for road maintenance and safety, public transport, walking, cycling and travel demand management (TDM). At most, only one cent in the transport dollar will go to walking/cycling and TDM, the most cost-effective investments possible.
Where there has been a little bit of cycling funding, such as in Hastings, it is making a huge difference. Checkout the cycleway map of Hastings. Instead of pissing billions up the wall on duplicate highways of dubious significance, spending millions having iWay like schemes in towns and cities all over the country seems like a completely more sane way of funding transport projects. Human scaled, not scaled for trucks. Human scaled, not scaled for megalomaniacs.
Let your friends know what a vote for National really is, and it isn’t a brighter future. It’s impoverishment economically and ecologically. It is a reduction in the quality of our urban places. The rest of the world (in the form of Ratings Agencies) is waking up to just how bad managers National really are. We hope the rest of the country gets there in time.