Planning and transport postcard from Japan

This is a guest post from reader Malcolm M One of the first things noticeable to Western tourists visiting Japanese cities is how little traffic there is. Here is the morning peak on the main street of Ginza, Tokyo. Instead it’s crowded on the subway line beneath the street, and plenty of people walk from the subway station to their destination.…
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Klimaschutz

This is a guest post by Ella Kay. Last month, the German government announced a €54b (NZ$96 b) klimaschutz (climate protection) package to address climate change. The plan comes in response to growing pressure on the German government to step up to the climate challenge, as Germany comes closer to 2020 with only a third of CO2 emissions reduced (from a 1990 baseline).…
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Oh my Göttingen

This is a guest post from reader Ella Kay. I’ve been in the small-medium, quaint city of Göttingen (smack bang in the middle of Germany) for the last six weeks. It isn’t exactly a bustling metropolis with a bunch of stimulating stuff going on, but it is exceptionally easy to navigate and pleasantly accessible which demonstrates that cities don’t need to be ‘hyped’, ‘smart’ or ‘experiencing growth’ to have a good transport system.…
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Book Review: The Design of Childhood

This is a ‘guest post’ book review, by Alexendra Bonham. Alex is doing a PhD on Playful Cities at the University of Auckland and is a candidate for the Waitemata Local Board. The full name of this book is “The Design of Childhood: how the material world shapes independent kids”, by Alexandra Lange.…
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Going round in circles at Royal Oak

This is a cross post from our friends at Bike Auckland. The original post is here. Auckland Transport is consulting on an “upgrade” to the Royal Oak roundabout, which sits at the heart of what we in Bike Auckland call the “Bike Bermuda Triangle”: the central isthmus, woefully bereft of bikeways.…
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End The Victoria Park Pause

This is a guest post from reader Graeme Gunthorpe The Inner Link is a crucial part of Auckland’s transport network, covering many central suburbs and running every 10-15 minutes from 6am to midnight. But its circular design is failing riders every day, causing delays, frustrations, and eroding public trust in the network.…
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The Sleek Queen Transit Mall

This is a guest post from reader Graeme Gunthorp Why the Queen Street Transit Mall will make driving more efficient Intersections are known as “conflict points” for good reason – people, vehicles, bikes going every which way, crossing paths and slowing each other down.…
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