According to this article on the Beach FM website:
Kapiti Council’s elected members have managed to temporarily halt plans by the New Zealand Transport Agency to narrow Waikanae Bridge, to make way for a cycleway.
Waikanae Community Board Chair Jocelyn Prvanov told Beach FM, that a briefing meeting last Thursday was the first time elected members heard about the full impact of NZTA plans for a cycleway, that will run through to Peka Peka.
Although we have a poor opinion of the NZTA/KCDC obsession with installing Politically Correct cycle lanes if there’s central government funding for them, we at least thought they were blessed with a modicum of common sense.
Unfortunately, this gives reason to doubt that; fortunately, this particular plan has been halted.
The present Waikanae River bridge was built in the mid-1960s, when trucks were a lot smaller than they are now. It consists of two fairly tight traffic lanes plus a slightly elevated pedestrian walkway on the west side.
What NZTA/KCDC need to do to accommodate their cycle lanes is to add clip-ons on each side of the bridge, the way that was done to add extra traffic lanes to the Auckland Harbour Bridge 5 years after it was opened.
There is some some lens distortion in the Google Streetview above — the lanes are narrower than they look — however, clicking in it for the various views will show what is sensible; and what is not.
What’s the definition of a “politically correct cycle lane?” Given PC simply means free of racist and sexist content, I guess the bigger question is where are all the politically incorrect cycle lanes?!!
Waikanae watcher said:
‘Politically Correct’ behavior means not offending any group of people in society who have a disadvantage, or who have been treated differently because of their sex, race, or disability. The last is the point here. There are those who won’t or cant drive a car. We have no problem with cycle lanes being installed where there is room for them, but narrowing or removing traffic lanes to install them, particularly when very few would make use of them, is an issue.
I doubt cyclists consider themselves disabled! I don’t have an interest in the topic per se. FWIW I can’t tell whether your issue is justified or not. I just find it amusing when someone’s argument fallaciously invokes the spirit of anti-PC – it usually means they don’t have a strong case and are resorting to the “straw man” approach.