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.…
55 Comments

Climate Commission’s Advice and the Clean Car Programme

Earlier this year the Climate Change Commission (CCC) consulted on their draft recommendations to the government on how to meet our domestic 2030 and 2050 emissions targets. There was certainly a lot to be positive about in it, particularly the linking of transport emissions to urban form but at the same time we also felt they weren’t anywhere near ambitious enough around the potential role for mode-shift in helping to meet our targets.…
141 Comments

DeafScape

This is a guest post by Camilla Payne. Camilla is an Urban Planning student at the University of Auckland. In my life, I walk with my feet split between two worlds. One hearing world and one deaf. Sometimes I identify myself as deaf.…
16 Comments

New Zealand’s Input to the UN on Safety

In February last year, the Swedish Government hosted the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, at the request of the UN General Assembly. The conference culminated in the Stockholm Declaration, which resolves to strengthen efforts to improve safety. This declaration provides critical guidance for New Zealand as we strive to transform our transport system from tragically taking the life of one person a day, on average, into a system without death or serious injury.…
35 Comments

The NZ Upgrade Blowout

At the start of last year the government announced the NZ Upgrade Programme, a massive infrastructure programme which included $6.8 billion in transport projects around the country with around half of that being in Auckland. The package contained some really good and much needed projects, such as the Northern Pathway, the third main between Otahuhu and Wiri, electrification from Papakura to Pukekohe along with new train stations along that section.…
176 Comments

The rise of the urban light truck: what to do about it?

This is a Guest Post by Dr. Kirsty Wild, a Senior Research Fellow in the field of Population Health at the University of Auckland. The problem barely requires articulation: just at a time when we are adopting Vision Zero in our cities and trying to carve out space for slower, safer transport modes, that space is being filled up by light trucks – double cab utes and SUVs.…
124 Comments

Establishing a Carbon Neutral Government Programme

Featured image: ÖBB Nightjet, image from Lucas via Wikipedia (Creative Commons) This is a guest post by Paul Callister. In March 2021 the government released the cabinet paper Leading the way: Establishing a Carbon Neutral Government Programme. The paper states that the government “must show leadership to reduce its own emissions, in order to demonstrate what is possible to other sectors in the New Zealand economy.”…
89 Comments

Is Driving the new smoking?

Last week I reported on the Ministry of Transport’s ‘green paper’ which outlines some potential policies and pathways to a net zero emissions from transport by 2050. Of the four potential pathways it suggests, only one, Pathway 4, meets the targets set out by the Climate Change Commission.…
139 Comments

Weekly Roundup – 21-May-21

Here’s our weekly Roundup. On display this week were two stark examples of cause and effect: The vacuum of political leadership, and its consequence. Queen St Saga Last week the council launched a surprise and very quiet consultation which proposed changing the design of improvements to give in to the group pushing for it to be more focused on cars.…
80 Comments