ÅrÄkei Basin Protection Group spokesperson Roy Champtaloup said the new ramps were hideous.
An upgrade to a scenic ride to allow cyclists has been labeled hideous.
Roy Champtaloup, of The rÄkei Basin Protection Group, was delighted to see the $ 4.9 million improvement work on the ÅrÄkei Basin Parkway begin this month – until he realized what the workers were doing.
Mr Champtaloup said the original 1.2-meter-high wooden walkway barrier was “sacrificed” for 1.4-meter-high metal guardrails that did not match the natural environment.
He said the extra height, for the safety of cyclists, would impact the sight of walkers.
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âTo say that a cyclist is going to run on a 1.2m rail is just stupid,â said Champtaloup.
“They haven’t done it since the promenade was created in 2010.”
Champtaloup said the design would work in a city center, but putting it in a natural environment was “insane.”
He said it would ruin the look of the area and make pedestrians and cyclists feel like they are traveling through a metal tunnel.
ÅrÄkei local council chairman Kit Parkinson said the galvanized metal was not what the council expected to see and said he would have preferred wooden railings, as told at advice.
AT’s website said the upgrade will include a non-slip surface on the boardwalk, but they won’t stick to the wood.
Parkinson said he questioned the choice of metal as it was not recommended to be placed above salt water.
He claimed the decision lacked a consultation process and said AT would have received comments if people knew they had decided to use metal.
The response on social media showed more people were against the upgrade than they were for her, but the reaction was mixed, he said.
AT Senior Media Advisor Joanna Glasswell said the upgrade was part of a project with the New Zealand Transport Agency to provide a shared path from Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive.
She said the walk was designed to be in harmony with the surrounding environment, while ensuring that it was safe for walkers and cyclists, and said AT engaged with the community during the phase planning.
âThese steel railings will be narrower than the wood ones, which will lighten the overall appearance of the promenade. It is also more cost effective to maintain them in a marine environment,â said Glasswell.
âThe handrail will measure 1.4 m because it will help ensure the safety of cyclists in the event of a fall or collision. This is the standard for a safe cycling infrastructure. “