At the Santa Parade just over a week ago one thing I was extremely happy to hear was that Auckland Transport left Queen St open for people for a few hours after the parade instead of squeezing thousands back on to the footpath so the road could be reopened to what would have been a significantly fewer vehicles like they’ve done in previous years. That allowed people attending (or just in the city) to make use of and enjoy the extra space and given the chance, people took it. This video is from reader Geogoose as he walks (I assume) up Queen St about an hour after the parade had finished.
Just to highlight the impact the Santa Parade has o pedestrian volumes, here are the pedestrian councils from Heart of the City’s automated counters showing that outside the Civic pedestrian volumes peaked at over 4,000 people in an hour and that’s just one one side of the road.
Well done to Auckland Transport for leaving the road open to people for longer this year. In future why not close the street for the day – although I’ll accept that might be hard during the CRL works.