Thursday August 31, 2017
readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: Do you support the Greens’ proposal to introduce light rail to Wellington by 2027?
Michelle Guest, Island Bay “I am pro-light rail. I think the light rail option is fantastic. I do support subsidies for it.”
Mike Butler, Island Bay “I think light rail has the capability to be a great success. It’s worked brilliantly in Melbourne and Bordeaux.”
Phil Sisson, Lower Hutt “Yes, but just have it from the railway station to Courtenay Place. It should go round in a loop.”
Lindasy Armstrong, Lyall Bay “I think it’s a good idea. I’d imagine it would be quicker and there would be less hassles with the traffic.”
Joanne Mahon, Lyall Bay “Yes, because town can be quite chaotic, but only if it doesn’t cost more than the bus or train.”
Mike Cullinane, Lyall Bay “I think it’s a great idea as there’s people needing to go to the hospital and airport. It’s fine if it costs a bit more.”
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Car cult mentality in Island Bay Dear Editor, Isabella Wishart (CSN 24/08) says she is perplexed by Chloe Bisley-Wright’s letter to the Cook Strait News, but then goes beyond perplexity in aggressively connecting ‘cyclist’ with ‘unable to begin to see other (perspectives)’. I have no trouble understanding either perspective with the Tea Party-type (read Donald Trump) uprising in Island
Bay continuing unabated in 2017 after it began in 2016. This is the car cult mentality which is strong nationwide but has seldom reached the surface to the extent it has in Island Bay. Ms Bisley-Wright may or may not understand that the car cult is not to be challenged, in ‘King’s New Clothes’ fashion, but in apparent ‘childlike’ hon-
esty (sorry, Chloe) is simply describing what she is hearing. Where will the next car cult Tea Party uprising pop up in New Zealand? Perhaps the next neighbourhood that has the temerity to actually build a transport option that is a local alternative to the car cult? Richard Keller Lyall Bay
Cook Strait News 31-08-17