City Centre Masterplan workshop

This is a guest post from Generation Zero Auckland Director Leroy Beckett At Generation Zero we are always looking for ways to improve our cities. Earlier this year we ran a campaign to help save Linear Park that got an overwhelming amount of support, in large part thanks to the work of Greater Auckland.…
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Wijkontsluitingsweg

This is another post about my recent trip to the Netherlands. The Netherlands has a standard road classification system with ideally three types of roads: flow roads (motorways), distribution roads (arterials), and local roads (residential roads). This system does not recognise roads with the dual functions of through traffic and destination traffic.…
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Victory on Victoria

The Victoria St Linear Park has been saved from the clutches of Auckland Transport. You may recall that we’ve been concerned about ATs plans for the future of many of the streets in the city centre for some time. In particular we were concerned that many of ATs emerging plans seemed to completely ignore the Council’s publicly consulted City Centre Master Plan (CCMP), and even their own strategic plans.…
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Next steps for Auckland’s cycling revolution

Yesterday in their closed session of their board meeting, the Auckland Transport board approved the Cycling Programme Business Case (PBC). The PBC is a fantastic, evidence based assessment of where cycling investment should be directed between 2018 and 2028 to build on upon the great projects currently being built or are part of other projects such as AMETI. …
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Slowing drivers in Houten

A few weeks back I was fortunate to be a guest on a university study tour of the Netherlands with Peter Koonce and Peter Furth. I posted a video on Dutch Systematic Safety by Peter Furth a few months back. Professor Furth has been leading study tours of the Netherlands for American transport engineering students for over a dozen years.…
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Aug-17 AT Board Meeting

Tomorrow the Auckland Transport board meet again. I’ve taken a look at some of the key reports to hopefully find some interesting information. Closed Session Some months there can be a lot of items at on the closed session agenda of interest, that’s not the case this time though with the most interesting item being the Cycling Programme Business Case.…
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Research: Pedestrian Connectivity and Economic Productivity in Auckland’s City Centre

For several decades productivity in New Zealand has lagged behind leading OECD countries. A couple weeks back Peter (Connecting cities: it’s a matter of scale) mentioned Phil McCann’s great paper that convincingly explains New Zealand’s productivity problem (“Economic geography, globalisation, and New Zealand’s productivity paradox“).…
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Streetfilms: Nijmegen

A great new video from Streetfilms on Nijmegen in the Netherlands and something particularly relevant for our smaller cities like Hamilton, Tauranga and Dunedin This Streetfilm was a pure joy to make, and it really snuck up on me. Nijmegen, a small Dutch city, was never on my radar.…
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Te Ara Tomo – The Underline

Auckland’s hills help to define our city, sometimes they’re a blessing, sometimes they can be a bit of curse but occasionally they also present a unique opportunity. Nick, who regularly comments and sometimes posts here, has been part of a group working recently to unlock one of those opportunities, the Albert Park tunnels and their plan is now public following their presentation to the City Centre Advisory Board.…
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