The Political Economy of Car Dependence

Leading Image: Sacrificing pedestrian environments and green infrastructure to sell (electric) cars. Why do both our major parties plan to spend billions of dollars on new roads and sprawl development of farmland? Our government is catching up on the backlog of rural road safety issues, is slowly improving rail and public transport, is funding “three waters” infrastructure maintenance and upgrades to assist brownfields housing developments and has introduced internationally-renowned planning changes to enable regeneration of our cities.…
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Weekly Roundup – 24-July 2020

Here’s the roundup for the week. Good Auckland Transport Auckland Transport are consulting on a series of short sections of new T2 lanes on the North Shore in order to speed up buses. Three North Shore areas are set for faster and more reliable bus journeys as Auckland Transport (AT) seeks public feedback on proposed improvements.…
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Weekly Roundup – 17-July 2020

Here’s our roundup of items for the week. If you’re a Western Line user I hope you’re found other solutions for today as the line is closed for works. Queen St Pedestrian Mall The area in front of Britomart is currently undergoing a massive renovation into a public space now that the City Rail Link tunnels have been built underneath it.…
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Getting on with Queen St – but get the cars out

One of the few benefits of COVID-19 is that it brought forward the plans to change Queen St and make it more pedestrian friendly. Not long prior to the country locking down, the council approved the updated City Centre Masterplan (CCMP) which “seeks to bring new life into the heart of the city with a revitalised, pedestrian-priority Queen Street.  …
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Weekly Roundup – 03-July-2020

Here’s our weekly roundup of some of the things that caught my attention this week. Why does Auckland Transport hate pedestrians so much? During lockdown one of the changes Auckland Transport belatedly made was to set the pedestrian crossings on many intersections to automatic, avoiding the need to push the beg buttons.…
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The Power of Disruption

Image: CICLOVÍAS EMERGENTES Lineamientos de Implementación – Gobierno de la Ciudad de México Good leaders seek ways to change what needs to be changed. And for climate, safety and equity, there is much that needs to be changed. One powerful, democratic tool to enable change, is disruption.…
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From Ugly Car Parks to Loved Buildings

Guest post from Brendon Harre that although Christchurch focused, raises New Zealand wide questions of importance, such as, inner-city car parking policy and how to rebuild extensively damaged city centres. Christchurch’s earthquake damaged city exposes many underlying urbanism lessons. Minimising land wastage on car parking is one lesson.…
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