A transit oriented development at Smales Farm?

The Northern Busway has been one of Auckland’s most successful transport investments. In the 11 years since it opened it has become the best and most used public transport corridor in probably all of the country. At peak times in the peak direction there are now buses, mostly double deckers, every minute or two and off-peak and counter-peak there are buses every 5-10 minutes.…
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Growing Auckland without growing traffic

“How can we accommodate Auckland’s substantial future growth without increasing traffic?” This is the question that should sit at the heart of every major transport and planning decision that’s made in Auckland. I think it’s also going to increasingly become a way of easily describing the goal of Greater Auckland in helping to shape land-use and transport policy-making.…
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What’s the Alternative?

“They’re trying to force us out of our cars and on to buses and bikes”, “why are we spending money on cycleways when no-one uses them”. These statements and many more like them are a near weekly occurrence from some of our politicians, media commentators and general public.…
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2019 – The year ahead

With 2019 now underway, and following my wrap up of 2018 last week, I thought it would be good to look at some of the things we can expect from the year ahead. In no particular order. City Rail Link At the end of April the builder of the tunnels and stations is expected to be announced.…
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Flashback Wednesday – Auckland’s population to continue to grow strongly

Over the holiday break we’ll dig into the archives a bit. This post by Matt was originally published in February 2015. Late last week Statistics NZ released their latest regional population projections from 2013 through to 2043. It once again highlights just how much growth is expected to occur in Auckland with them projecting roughly an extra 500,000 to 900,000 people in the region within 30 years – that’s a 36-63% increase on what we have today.…
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A plea for safer urban design: We want to get home safely!

This is a Guest Post from Women in Urbanism Aotearoa  Since the horrific and heart-breaking story of Grace Millane began unfolding, women have been coming forward to talk about all the things they do to protect themselves. Michèle A’Court lists just some of the actions women take to stay safe, everyday: “Driving when we’d rather walk, walking well lit streets rather than taking the shortcut, snapping a picture of the cab driver’s ID – women have been socialised to suspect the world means us harm.…
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Small is e-Beautiful

The electric revolution on our city streets, already underway, looks much more like a scooter than a Tesla. Why? Physics. And geometry: Size really matters for both energy consumption and spatial efficiency. And both drive affordability and therefore the speed of uptake.…
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