More on one-way system changes

Posted on March 30, 2012 by

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Just a bit more news on the one-way system story from the other day. It looks like the bylaw proposal could be considered by councillors as soon as May. Interestingly, the proposed bylaw would amend the Traffic and Parking Bylaw 2008, which would enable the city council to specify, amend or revoke, by resolution rather than special consultation and bylaw amendment, one-way streets and special vehicle lanes.

Hmmm, I wonder if this means it will be easier to roll out bus lanes, if that is covered by “special vehicle lanes”? This bylaw amendment looks like it is being geared up to enable a lot of the proposals in the draft City Plan, and could be quite important to not only its implementation but also the pace of implementation (if you look through it, some of the dates are quite ambitious).

As I stated in a post the other day, there seemed to be a lot of misinformation about the conversion of the one-way system back to two-way streets in the media, especially since it ignored that the whole point is to remove through traffic from CBD bound traffic by utilising the avenues more. Surely a good thing?

Deputy Mayor Ngaire Button, who was on the hearings panel, said there had been “a bit of misinformation” in the media about the bylaw plan.

I for one don’t really see anything compelling in the arguments for retaining the one-way system. I don’t think the negatives of shifting through traffic around rather than through the inner-city outweigh keeping it as it is. It doesn’t even come close. Some say “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, but I have always maintained that the one-way system has been hugely disruptive to the city on a number of levels.

This will be a good one to keep an eye on.

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