“No, Minister”

This is a guest post by sustainable transport and accessibility advocate Tim Adriaansen Following the Liberate the Lane rally on May 30th last year, Transport Minister Michael Wood wrote to Waka Kotahi Chair Brian Roche, requesting the transport agency investigate options to trial walking and cycling across the Auckland Harbour Bridge.…
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A Newer New North Road

Back in late 2018 we first learnt about a programme to roll out improvements to bus priority, active modes, safety and town centre improvements to a number of key arterial corridors across the region and to help encourage mode shift. The programme was later renamed Connected Communities but the routes that are meant to be receiving these improvements are shown below and I’ve also written about it here.…
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A New Commissioner for Active Travel

Waka Kotahi’s leadership have been defending the need for investment in cycling. Good on them. At the Waka Kotahi Annual Review, MPs asked about the high per km cost that Auckland Transport uses for cycling infrastructure. In reply, General Manager Transport Services, Brett Gliddon, gave an excellent explanation of the difference in cost between reallocation of road space and building new infrastructure: cycleways are delivered in two key strategic ways.…
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Local Walking and Cycling Bridges

While a lot of the attention is on the big flashy projects, one thing that often gets overlooked is the potential for a programme of smaller projects improving connections between our suburbs. I’ve been particularly thinking about this since the discussion about changes to the Eastern Busway last year and Heidi’s post last week on East Tamaki reminded me to get on with this post.…
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A Safer Course

Image Credit: Boating Safety Mag  Waka Kotahi CEO Nicole Rosie recently penned an article on Stuff, about the tragedy of our road safety crisis, in which she reminded us that safety needs to be approached from several angles. She made the excellent point: why isn’t this massive public health issue in the spotlight throughout the year, not just during the holidays or after a “bad weekend” or a high-profile crash?…
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Ferry Fail

As we emerge from the last four months of COVID restrictions it is reasonable to expect we’ll see public transport start use recover – assuming we don’t see further lockdowns or restrictions. While it could take years to get back to pre-pandemic levels of usage, prior to lockdown in August we had seen public transport use sitting at around 75% of those pre-pandemic levels and so that’s likely a useful target to aim for this year.…
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