The facts are pretty clear and that is that local government politicians are generally spineless people and in the city of Christchurch the pro-car landscape is largely down to local policies as there are only a few roads that have central government influence, mainly the ones designated as highways. I have been observing mealy mouthed councillors for years. Labour politicians should actually be hanging their heads in shame as they are the ones who campaign on transport equality yet when it comes to being in office and making a change it turns out being all things to all people is the overriding objective, not actually making decisions according to a set of values, whatever they may be.
At least in Wellington they had a Green mayor who stood up to the whingers and put through their cycleways now she is paying the political price for it and a prominent Labour Party councillor has had the gall to claim the Island Bay cycleway should never have been built. I have seen the same in Christchurch where Labour politicians have been chief amongst those whose primary goal is grandstanding or kowtowing in to the loudest voices rather than standing up for some ideals. It probably says a lot about what the Labour Party stands for these days at a local government level. As we know those with the loudest voices tend to be the ones who have the most money so it is grossly disgraceful to any notions of equality of any kind (not just in transport) to allow those people to dominate local government. in Christchurch we have this unfortunate accommodation between left wing political groups called 2021 (although the Mayor claims to be independent of it) that means you have no alternative to a spineless fence sitting Labour politician in a lot of cases.
Anyway back to Christchurch. Due to Labour spinelessness from Mayor Dalziel down we are supposed to believe lack of council ownership of bus services is the key issue for public transport when it is clearly not. The cycling lobby's perspective is great to have but ignores the need for bus services so far. All three out of cycling, pedestrians and public transport should be considered in the same light, and going nutty against all forms of motorised transport is a bit off whack unless you are proposing closing the road completely.