We need a smarter response from the Auckland Business Chamber

There’s an often misattributed quote: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” It captures how I felt reading an op-ed yesterday by Simon Bridges, former Transport Minister and now head of the business lobby group the Auckland Business Chamber, whose website says: Successful business ensures there are vibrant and successful communities, and the Chamber contributes to this through their support and advocacy that delivers the best platform from which business can operate.…
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Cycling over Auckland’s harbour(s)

Saturday saw thousands turn out to celebrate the opening of Ngā Hau Māngere, the $38m replacement for the Old Mangere Bridge – which had to close in 2018 due to safety concerns. The new bridge is a fantastic addition to the fabric of Auckland, and one that immediately and visibly improves connections between people and communities.…
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Bikes vs cars (per capita)

As the saying goes, ‘Bikes Are Climate Action‘. Using bikes for short trips is a key part of how we can cut down on unnecessary driving in order to lower emissions. But you still hear people in New Zealand doubting how ready we are to seize this opportunity.…
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August-22 AT Board Meeting

Tomorrow, Thursday 25 August, the Auckland Transport Board meets again. Here are the highlights from their board reports. You can watch the open session of the meeting live between 9am and 10am via this Microsoft Teams link. Closed Agenda Despite the last board meeting being two months ago, there aren’t a lot of items that stand out in the closed session this meeting.…
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Tunnel Vision vs the Big Picture

An interesting new recycled policy just dropped in the Auckland Mayoral race: reopening the Albert Park Tunnels. Auckland mayoral candidate Viv Beck is promising to resurrect plans for 3.5km of abandoned World War II air raid shelters under Albert Park, starting with clearing the main tunnel for pedestrians and cyclists.…
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