Clearing the Air on Vision Zero

This is a guest post by accessibility and sustainable transport advocate Tim Adriaansen. Header image by Nenad Stojkovic So your transport agency has a Vision Zero plan. But does it really? A new report released yesterday on the impacts of air pollution in New Zealand shows that until now, we’ve been underestimating the impact that traffic-induced air pollution has on our health – by a factor of 10.…
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Getting [some] cars out of [part of] Queen Street

A few weeks ago, we shared a video explaining the new EVA, or ‘Essential Vehicle Area’ on Queen Street between Wakefield St and Wellesley St. The block-long EVA restricts private vehicles from travelling through this section of Queen Street.  The stated goals of the EVA  are to reduce unnecessary traffic on Queen Street, make the street area safer for walking and cycling, and reduce congestion that holds up buses.…
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Viv Beck’s Transport Policy

We are now only around 3 months away from the next local body elections and given how much it tends to feature in local elections, that means we’re going to start to see more and more discussion about transport policy. With Phil Goff stepping down, the election for Mayor is probably the most uncertain it’s been since Auckland was amalgamated in 2010 and Mayoral hopefuls are starting to release policy.…
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Regional Trains and Electrification

A story a few weeks ago highlighted that lower North Island councils are frustrated that the government didn’t provide funding in the budget for new regional trains. The Transport Minister has left the door open for 22 new electric trains, after lower North Island mayors kicked up a stink they weren’t funded in this year’s Budget.…
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Weekly Roundup 01-July-2022

Ata mārie everyone and welcome to the month of Hongongoi-July. The week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Scott argued that ‘zoning’ isn’t helping constructive development and should be abolished. In Tuesday’s post, Matt wondered if there’s a bigger story behind a recent sponsored NZ Herald article about Auckland Light Rail.…
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June AT Board Meeting

Today the AT board meet again and here are the highlights from their board reports. You can also watch the open session of the meeting live between 9am and 10:15am via this Microsoft Teams link. Closed Agenda Below are the most interesting items from the closed agenda.…
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The real barriers to road safety

There are some glimmers of light coming from Auckland Transport, even on the extremely frustrating topic of delivering the cycleway network the city needs (one of their most hobbled programmes in recent years). One of the more hopeful signs is a project announced last year to quickly add physical protection to 60km of existing painted cycleways across the region.…
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Abolish Zoning?

Much is made about how our cities manage the growth of the housing stock by engaging in the process of “urban planning”, that this is performed by “urban planners”, and that the colourful maps which are the outcome of this process done by these people are “plans”.…
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Weekly Roundup 23-June-22

Kia ora koutou. Weekly roundup’s coming a day early this week because tomorrow is our very first Matariki public holiday. Cover image by Mark Russell, via Twitter. The week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Matt wrote about the future of the Onehunga line, which will no longer go all the way to Britomart after this weekend.…
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