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A couple of thousand Aucklanders decided to walk over the Harbour Bridge to celebrate its birthday.
Now, Sunday morning sleep-ins are sacred to me, as any of my flatmates and the Good trailwalking team will tell you. But I wouldn't have missed the chance to cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge for the world.
See, I don’t own a motorised vehicle which means that I have to rely heavily on public transport—bleurgh!—or pedal power which I’m acquiring a taste for. To me, Auckland has always been the City of Cars.
Every time the subject of solving Auckland’s traffic problems has been brought up, the only solution proposed is to build more roads for unsustainable modes of transportation. Sure, we’re evolving the car industry with fancy fuel hybrids and what not, but do you really want to finish War and Peace while waiting in traffic?
It’s pathetic that I can’t walk or cycle six measly kilometres to visit friends on the Shore or vice versa whenever I damned well please. Bus? That’ll be (at least) a two-fare stage each way, thank you very much. And the Fullers ferry monopoly means that the only time they operate in Birkenhead is about four in the afternoon on a Sunday. Choice, eh?
So got up at the ungodly hour of Before Noon I did to join some thousand others (including mate of Rhys Darby, Vaughan Rowsell who’s cycling the length of New Zealand to raise money for The Agency for Spinal Concerns) at Point Erin to send a loud and clear message to the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA): stop making feeble excuses and make the bridge accessible to everybody already. Chop, chop.
This is not about being greener-than-thou. This is not about promoting the healthy benefits of ‘burning fat, not oil’. This is about me, absconding from my bed to enjoy the splendour of the Waitemata Harbour on a rare sunny winter’s day.
Here's wishing you a Happy 50th, Auckland Harbour Bridge. I hope it doesn't take another 50 years before I can make the same epic journey again.