Narrow Thinking

They’re ripping up the footpath along the Queens Highway on the Kapiti Coast – then laying it down again in pretty much the same place.

Would you walk this close to 80-100km/hr traffic?

For years the footpath has been right next to the most busy road in the district, and one of the busiest in New Zealand.

The thing is, it’s on one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline with amazing views of the South Island, Kapiti Island and Mt. Ruapehu on a clear day.

But most people won’t use the footpath because it’s so close to the road –  it’s dangerous for pedestrians.

My question is – why didn’t they simply put the footpath on the other side of the wall next to the coastline?

This was their  chance to create an incredible boardwalk all the way from Pukerua Bay to Paekakariki, which would have been used daily by pedestrians, cyclists and children.

I would love to know if they even considered this… and if they did, then their reason for not doing it…

The view from the other side of the fence (photo by Alan Miles)