highway and Byway

By Ronald Lampitt who was a magazine illustrator.

Kapiti people naturally relate to this with the ‘Ewy’. The word by is from Old Norse and means a town; as well as a prefix in by-law and by-election, it occurs as a suffix in several Scandinavian and English placenames.  A byway is just that; the road through the town; a bypass is the road that avoids the town.