What is your position on bike lanes (for commuting to school/work, not the recreational ones through the Esplanade or down by the river)?
Would you consider putting in more? Stopping existing lanes 'disappearing' at intersections (Ruahine St:Main St, Te Awe Awe Ave:Pahiatua St, Church St:Victoria Ave) or at some points along Te Awe Awe Ave where the bike lane disappears to allow car parking and reappears 10 metres further along? Separating them from car traffic more?
Or do you consider them an expensive sop to lycra-clad weekend maniacs?
Thanks for your question. Ideally there would be no need for special lanes for cyclists because there would be a sufficent number of cyclists and a driving culture in the city that would result in cyclists being perfectly safe without them. However, that is not the case and so I support the extension of the cycle lanes both to more parts of the roading network and at intersections and possibly even through intersections. I would be interested to test physically separate lanes in some locations in the city as is being trialled in Christchurch and is common overseas. One thing is clear to me, cyclists should have priority over parking. Currently, we have the absurd situation where people are allowed to leave their cars on the side of the road (often all day) while creating a dangerous situation for cyclists. The clearest example is the example you point out along Te Awe Awe St. Better on-road and end of trip facilities for cyclists will encourage more people to move by the most energy-efficient, healthy, least polluting form of vehicular transport ever invented. And that is the direction we ned to move in quickly to enahnce the health of residents, decrease greenhouse gas emissions and to cope with Peak Oil.
I hope this answers your question adequately but feel free to contact me should you want to discuss it further (firstname.lastname@example.org)