Riding the Northern New Network

This is a guest post from reader and friend of the blog, Shan L, He has also written about his new network experiences for the South, West, East and Central when those networks rolled out. The go-live of the New Network for the North Shore happened on Sunday last month – the final major chunk of new network to go live since the south changed over almost two years ago.…
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Electric City: What Academic Research Tells Us About the Future of E-bikes

This is a cross post from our friends over at Bike Auckland. Electric bikes are not only heaps of fun to ride, they have the potential to transform how we commute. Understanding that potential is the job of The Future of the Bike, a collaborative research project that examines how innovations in bicycle technology and city planning can support urban sustainability in New Zealand.…
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The Low Cost of Ending the High Cost of Free Parking

This is a guest post from reader Stephen Davis and was originally posted here. New Zealanders are probably most familiar with the Resource Management Act (or “RMA” for short) as being about protecting the environment: when it’s discussed by politicians, it’s almost always either being decried as having environmental protections that are too onerous and stand in the way of progress, or alternatively being supported as the main defence of environmental health.…
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Encouraging new users, and why I’ll be glad when the Outer Link has gone

This is a guest post from reader Heidi O’Callahan New Users One of my passions in transport is helping the younger generation venture forth independently into their city. Sometimes the ways we (and AT) can help them are obvious – smiling so they feel comfortable to ask questions, making sure there’s really good wayfinding information and safe crossing infrastructure, having a logical, intuitive network, training the drivers to treat young people as customers who are at least as important as others.…
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Friends of the landlords – Wellington Councillors against affordable housing

This is a guest post by reader Frank McRae Wellington’s housing crisis has dramatically worsened over the last few years with rapidly rising rents, record low listings, and lines down the street for flat viewings. Remarkably then Wellington City Council has just voted, against the advice of their own experts, to remove eight key Special Housing Areas which were setup to help ease the city’s housing shortage.…
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