Weekly Roundup – 5-Mar-20

Here’s our wrap up for the week. Federal St The Council has announced that they’re finally starting to convert Federal St between Mayoral Dr and Wellesley into a shared space. A new shared space is coming to the city centre with work commencing in March to transform Federal Street between Mayoral Drive and Wellesley Street into a safer space for pedestrians.…
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Manurewa (Area 2) Safety Improvements Project

It’s good to see progress towards a safer city, with Auckland Transport consulting on its next project in the road safety programme: The Manurewa (Area 2) Safety Improvements project. Submissions are due next Monday 8th March. At the end of this post, I also outline an alternative approach for future safety projects, which will enable Auckland Transport to achieve much more from the same budget.…
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The NPS and the upzoning of the city

In the attachments to the agenda for the Council’s Planning Committee tomorrow is a copy of a presentation used in a workshop with councillors on changes that will need to be made to planning rules in relation to the Government’s National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) that was released last year.…
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ATAP cannot be a 2018 plan for a 2021 world

The Auckland Council’s Planning Committee agenda for Thursday highlights councillors received a confidential update to the ‘Auckland Transport Alignment Project’ (ATAP), as well as the draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) about a month ago. These are incredibly important documents, shaping where around $30 billion of transport investment in Auckland will be directed over the next decade.…
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Weekly Roundup 26-Feb-21

Here’s our roundup for the week. City Centre Bus Changes Consultation A reminder that Auckland Transport’s consultation for new bus lanes on Wellesley St closes today so get your submission in. You can read our thoughts about it here. New North Rd and Symonds St Consultation Another consultation reminder, the consultation on upgrading New North Rd and Symonds St closes on Wednesday 3 March.…
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Enforce and extend the bus/transit lanes

Two of the most important requirements to making public transport attractive to use is to make it reliable and for it to be somewhat time competitive with driving. Buses will always be a key part of the public transport picture and so to achieve those requirements it’s critical that buses have priority on our streets.…
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Feb-21 AT Board Meeting

Tomorrow is the first Auckland Transport board meeting for the year and so I’ve had a look through the reports to see what stands out. Closed Session The closed session is often where the most interesting items are discussed. Though while there are plenty of items on the agenda, most of them don’t look all that exciting.…
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Bikes and Advertising

Last week Stuff reported on an absurd ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority. A milk ad that shows a young girl biking on the footpath for 3 metres has been banned from television for “condoning an illegal practice”. The ad, for Meadow Fresh Calci Original milk, showed a girl going to the dairy to buy milk, then briefly riding her bike on the footpath.…
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