Make a quick submission on Hamilton City Council’s 10 year plan (submissions close 4 pm today)

I prepared and sent the below submission using Generation Zero’s Quick Submission Form. I would encourage you to do the same, but make sure your submission is sent before 4 pm today.

You can also email your submission to the council.

Please commit at least $1 million per year over the next ten years to develop cycle infrastructure.
Hamilton City Council needs to make a strong commitment to funding safe and accessible cycle infrastructure, for a liveable and prosperous city. Completion of the 30 year cycle plan should be brought forward to this year, with implementation beginning immediately funds are available. Central government is currently offering funding to councils for urban cycleways, but this is not guaranteed to be available after the current funding period.

Changing peoples’ established mobility habits requires strong leadership from council; it’s not enough to sit back and wait until voters overwhelm existing walking and cycling facilities. The NZ AA published the results of a survey in their Directions magazine in 2012/13 which stated that 92% of those surveyed amongst their readership would ride a bike if safe facilities were provided. That is potentially a massive number of people waiting to be unlocked by safe infrastructure. A modest amount of expenditure could enable a huge number of people who are keen to cycle but fear for their safety, freeing up roads and parking and making for a much more human-friendly city.

In the Hamilton CBD, more central streets should be considered for being converted to shared spaces or pedestrianised. Hamilton’s CBD will never “out-Base” The Base. Making it a green, walkable city and opening the CBD up to the river will transform the city. More people are going to look to living in the CBD as household compositions change and housing inflation encourage intensification.

A city like Hamilton should not be a place where driving a car is seen as a de facto requirement of being a productive citizen. Please look to other cities, both here in NZ and overseas, where investment in walking, cycling and public transport is increasing rapidly and seeing a huge response in participation and patronage.

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One comment on “Make a quick submission on Hamilton City Council’s 10 year plan (submissions close 4 pm today)

  1. Done! I’ve put my submission in

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