Don’t stop at the kerb: why Tactical Urbanism should pull infrastructure apart

This is a guest post by Charlotte Billing. Charlotte is a place strategist at Place Creative. Learning through doing Tactical urbanism is often perceived in terms of its outputs, wider kerbs, temporary crossings, polka-dot walkways – when in fact it’s a process, one that allows us to imagine how our neighbourhoods could be if they adapted to us.…
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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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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.…
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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.…
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DIY Safety

Tactical urbanism is in the air at the moment. In case you’re not familiar with the concept, tactical urbanism is a design strategy that involves testing changes to spaces temporarily before permanent solutions are built. It’s a cost-effective way of trying things out without many expensive hours of design, planning and construction.…
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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.…
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