My suggestion of a full street shared zone has not …

Comment on Northern end of the mall reopens by Richard Bentley.

My suggestion of a full street shared zone has not been picked up by any commentators. If it worked then the whole CBD could convert to a shared zone.
And I still ask – where has the bike parking gone?

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It was pleasing to see a sign in the new “street” announcing it was a shared car and pedestrian zone and restricting speed to 10kph. On closer inspection I realised that this applied to about 50 metres and not the whole development area.
Why not I ask? Why not the whole CBD?
If you want the CBD revitalised you need more pedestrians and cyclists, not cars.
By the way where, has the cycle parking gone?


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