AA Congestion Charge Survey

A few days ago the AA released their latest Auckland newsletter and in it they focus, for the third time, on congestion charging. The issue includes the result of a survey of their members on the topic and I found some of the responses quite interesting.…
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Flashback Saturday: Road Building Brouhaha

This post by Matt was originally published in July 2019. It reads particularly interestingly when you consider six months later the government announced the NZ Upgrade Programme. Over the last week there’s been a flurry of discussion in the media about the country’s transport priorities following the publication of a letter by the government’s Business Advisory Council (BAC).…
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How To Fix Cars

Header image by Mehdi Azizi Yesterday on Twitter, Dutch planner/ engineer (and friend of Greater Auckland) Lennart Nout asked an intriguing question about cars… OK so you're the head of the organisation that regulates cars. Which rules do you impose?1. Maximum weight of 2.000 kg for EVs.2.…
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Federal St Stage 2 Complete

Auckland’s newest shared space was officially opened this week and it looks great. The shared space is the 100m+ southern section of Federal St between Mayoral Dr and Wellesley St. The upgrade was first consulted on in late 2017, highlighting just how long even small sections like this take.…
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Supporting Sprawl in the North

A few months ago we saw the latest round of consultations for the transport networks in the planned huge new greenfield growth areas in the Northwest and Warkworth by the Supporting Growth team. These new sprawl areas, along with others planned in the South and around Dairy Flat, are eventually planned to be home to hundreds of thousands of new residents.…
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Flashback Saturday: Road to Zero – the new road safety strategy

This post by Matt was originally published in July 2019 Last week Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter released for consultation a draft of a new road safety strategy for New Zealand – known as “Road to Zero”. The Minister’s foreword to the strategy outlines the “case for change” in a pretty compelling way: Across New Zealand, more than one person is killed every day and seven others are seriously injured in road crashes.…
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Clearing the Air on Vision Zero

This is a guest post by accessibility and sustainable transport advocate Tim Adriaansen. Header image by Nenad Stojkovic So your transport agency has a Vision Zero plan. But does it really? A new report released yesterday on the impacts of air pollution in New Zealand shows that until now, we’ve been underestimating the impact that traffic-induced air pollution has on our health – by a factor of 10.…
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Getting [some] cars out of [part of] Queen Street

A few weeks ago, we shared a video explaining the new EVA, or ‘Essential Vehicle Area’ on Queen Street between Wakefield St and Wellesley St. The block-long EVA restricts private vehicles from travelling through this section of Queen Street.  The stated goals of the EVA  are to reduce unnecessary traffic on Queen Street, make the street area safer for walking and cycling, and reduce congestion that holds up buses.…
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