The Wrong Side of my Car

A blog about Auckland City, its streets, and culture shock

30 May 2016

That’s not funny.

Ah another nugget of news blew over from back where I grew up. But first, a joke about council workers:

One day a workman came and dug a hole on the edge of the street. And then he started digging more holes further down the street, one every 10 metres. A few hours later, another workman came, and he began filling up the holes again, one by one.

A curious bystander went to the workman to ask what the point is. The workman answered, “There was supposed to be another guy planting trees, but he called in sick.”

Yeah, lame joke. Everybody knows those things don’t happen in real l—


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10 May 2016

Terrible craftsmanship I: the most embessasing missing pedestrian leg

I had a stroll on the Lightpath a while ago. Great. It’s always good to see some humanity in our city, especially in that area, dominated by its spaghetti junction, 6-lane one highways, and brutalist style apartment blocks.

But come out at either end and you’re right back into Auckland. Take a bow to the Rights of the Car. On the Nelson Street end you’ll find what I think is one of the more embarrassing missing pedestrian legs in Auckland.

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1 May 2016

Cycling revolution: bike shopping

The about page of Bike Auckland proudly boasts this nugget of information:

Did you know that one in four Aucklanders owns a bike?

Let’s teleport to the Belgian Countryside, the most brutally car-dependent suburb ever. Where you basically can’t survive without a car. Did you know everyone owns a bike there? Apart from babies and toddlers, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t own a bike. Literally not a single person.

So for the majority of people, the first stage of the bicycling revolution is shopping.

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