Open Letter: Retailers on Riccarton Road

This is an open letter to the retailers on Riccarton Road in Christchurch, New Zealand.

I was wondering if the retailers who have the protest notices against the new bus lanes in their windows could explain something to me:

How are the bus lanes going to increase bus emissions by 5%?  Surely emissions would decrease because the buses will not have to stop, start and sit idling in traffic so often.

The same goes for your apparent claim in increased noise pollution.  The buses are going to be able to get from Point A to Point B quicker, meaning they will not be around long enough to increase noise pollution.

Decreased pedestrian safety with the image of a mother with a pram and her other child running into an oncoming bus? That can happen whether there are bus lanes or not.  There is also a reason there are pedestrian crossings, to enable pedestrians to cross the road safely.

The point of the bus lanes is to make the buses more efficient and on-time.  Buses being on-time lead to increased patronage, which surely will lead to less cars being on the road and therefore a decrease in emissions.

Your notices are nothing but alarmist propaganda.

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