A walk to the park

This is a guest post by reader Roeland Schoukens. This block between Hobson Street, Cook Street, Nelson Street and Wellesley Street is home to about 3,000 people on 3 hectares. (Overall the population density of the city centre is much lower, with about 33,000 people on 4 km².…
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What we expect and want to see from the ERP

Today the government are releasing their Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), with the details released to the public at midday. The ERP: “will set out exactly how the Government plans to deliver on the first emissions budget. The Minister of Finance will also outline the first investments from the Climate Emergency Response Fund on the same day”.…
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A harbour Gondola?

Every few years a new proposal pops up wanting us to invest in a new or different form of transport – invariably that only the proposer can provide. And that’s happened once again, this time with a suggestion to build a gondola over the harbour.…
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Protecting Tāmaki Makaurau’s Urban Character

If twenty-thousand buildings across the city were determined to have exactly the same kind of character, few would try to claim that each and every one is “special”.  And yet, this is exactly what Auckland Council planners are doing. The National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) is a document containing international best practices for developing affordable, accessible, and low-carbon cities, which directs the major local authorities to upzone to allow up to 6 story apartments near to important transit and employment centres.…
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Committing to the CAM-PBC

This is a guest post by sustainable transport and accessibility advocate Tim Adriaansen. Today, Auckland Council’s Planning Committee is set to endorse the Cycling and Micromobility Programme Business Case (or CAM-PBC), which establishes 3 possible investment pathways for cycling in Auckland: The first is a $306 million programme which is currently funded under the Regional Land Transport Plan and is expected to deliver 45km of protected cycleways, including 4 focus areas.…
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More on Maioro

One of the big challenges for Auckland Transport (and other transport agencies) is how to get more out of our existing road networks, because large scale road widening is both politically challenging and any time you need to move kerbs and services it becomes horrendously expensive.…
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Clean Car Scheme now live, now include e-bikes

The start of this month brought with it the full implementation of the governments Clean Car Scheme which sees rebates given for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, funded by fees for high emitting vehicles. The rebate part of the scheme was introduced in July last year and the government celebrated last week by announcing that already 12,000 rebates had been approved.…
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New North Rd Consultation Closes Tomorrow

It seems it’s consultation season at Auckland Transport with quite a few significant consultations currently or recently underway. We typically see this happen at around November each year, but it seems last year’s season might have been delayed by COVID. One of those important consultations is the New North Rd Upgrade.…
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