A speed limit is not a target, and yet…

This is a guest post from longtime supporter Mr Plod, whose previous contributions include a proposal that Hamilton become New Zealand’s capital city, and that we should switch which side of the road we drive on. A recent Newsroom article, “Back to school for the Govt’s new speed limit policy“, outlines how despite “a mountain of evidence that higher speeds lead to more traffic crashes, injuries and deaths,” our current coalition Government is planning changes “which would force councils to raise many urban 30kph speed limits to 50kph, as well as removing permanent low-speed zones around schools”.…
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Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks that have little to no cycling infrastructure installed between existing separated cycle routes.…
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A blanket of misinformation

Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can run halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.”…
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Weekly Roundup 12-July-2024

Kia ora and welcome to another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! The week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Scott delivered a delicious disquisition on donut cities, and how the government’s new housing policy might fill the gap On Tuesday, Matt looked at recent presentations by KiwiRail and whether they’re ready to run customer-focused services when the CRL opens (not really).…
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By George! Splendid streets take shape down south

The revitalisation of Auckland city centre, especially around Wynyard Quarter, Te Komititanga, and Queen Street, is top of mind for Greater Auckland readers – but other cities around Aotearoa New Zealandare installing people-friendly streets. This guest post by Jessica de Heij, who grew up in the Netherlands and is an advocate for 15-minute cities, highlights recent transformations in Dunedin and Invercargill.…
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