The Ministry of Education

COVID-19 Response Minister, Chris Hipkins, volunteered fodder for jokes yesterday, when he stumbled on an unfortunate combination of “spread their wings” and “stretch their legs.” Advice from @chrishipkins for those who want to "get out and spread their legs" pic.twitter.com/xIt8YUTy2J — Dan News (@dannews) August 22, 2021 Chuckles aside, what was no laughing matter was his perverse transport advice: It is a challenge in higher density areas for people to get outside and to spread stretch their legs when they are surrounded by other people, and so in some cases it might be more sensible for them to drive a short distance to get to somewhere where they can be further from other people.…
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Regional Streets for People

Today, Auckland Council’s Environment and Climate Change Committee is meeting. One item on the agenda is titled the Regional Streets for People Programme. This low-budget Councillor-initiated programme deserves scrutiny because it offers opportunities for jump-starting climate action AND it reveals systemic barriers to progress.…
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Council Slams AT but the Excuses Keep Coming

East St cycleway. “AT can move fast when other priorities are involved” – Councillors Last week, some correspondence about Auckland Transport’s performance was made public in the agenda of the upcoming Waitematā Local Board meeting. Councillor Coom’s Report to the Waitematā Local Board, July 2021 included an appendix titled, Correspondence with Auckland Transport regarding the delivery of “Healthy Streets” and the cycling programme The first piece of correspondence is from the Mayor to the Chair of the Board of Auckland Transport.…
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Improving the Regional Land Transport Plan

Portland’s Streetcar services cancelled due to heat damage of the cables. On Monday, the Board of Auckland Transport (AT) approved the Auckland Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP), a $37 billion ten-year plan of transport investment for the city. Councillors had reluctantly endorsed the plan last Thursday, on the understanding that Council and AT would together develop a Transport Emissions Reductions Plan that heads the city in a new direction.…
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Setting of Speed Limits 2021

The Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2021 is under consultation. Submissions close tomorrow at 5 pm. We’re slowly seeing some reductions in speed limits in places, along with nice education material from Auckland Transport. Meanwhile far too little enforcement means some drivers are showing very little regard for safety and for others on or near the road.…
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An Active Minister for Active Modes

It has been encouraging to hear Minister Wood’s recent announcements about investment in sustainable transport modes, and his responses in parliament. He holds a vision for a people-friendly, low-carbon transport system. And he seems prepared to steer the enormous juggernaut of central government’s transport decision-making in the right direction to achieve it.…
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Weekly Roundup – 11-June-21

Featured image is from the documentary High Tide Don’t Hide (see below) Here’s our roundup for the week. Climate Change Commission On Wednesday, the Climate Change Commission published its advice to the New Zealand Government on its first three emissions budgets and direction for its emissions reduction plan 2022 – 2025.…
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