Oh my Göttingen

This is a guest post from reader Ella Kay. I’ve been in the small-medium, quaint city of Göttingen (smack bang in the middle of Germany) for the last six weeks. It isn’t exactly a bustling metropolis with a bunch of stimulating stuff going on, but it is exceptionally easy to navigate and pleasantly accessible which demonstrates that cities don’t need to be ‘hyped’, ‘smart’ or ‘experiencing growth’ to have a good transport system.…
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City Centre Motorway ramp numbers

The council are currently consulting on a refresh to the City Centre Masterplan (CCMP). One of the key goals of the CCMP is to make the city centre more people friendly and that means needing to dedicate more space for pedestrians, bikes, scooters and public transport and less for cars.…
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Mā te wā

As of today, I am resigning from all roles at Greater Auckland.  I am delighted, and humbled, to advise that my application for a directorship on the NZTA board has been accepted. I am looking forward to working with my fellow board members and all the staff at the agency and its partners, to help deliver this important work for the whole nation.…
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Book Review: The Design of Childhood

This is a ‘guest post’ book review, by Alexendra Bonham. Alex is doing a PhD on Playful Cities at the University of Auckland and is a candidate for the Waitemata Local Board. The full name of this book is “The Design of Childhood: how the material world shapes independent kids”, by Alexandra Lange.…
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What’s at stake in the upcoming Council election

Last week Bernard Orsman wrote a long article looking at the upcoming Auckland Council elections. The article is behind a paywall, but I have pulled out a few important parts of it. As per usual, Orsman plays up the “A team”, “B team” narrative that he’s been pushing for the past few years – giving the impression that there are two quite separate voting blocs.…
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Puhinui & Aotea stations start construction

Better public transport is a step closer after two important milestones towards improving Auckland’s were reached yesterday as two train stations, one new and one upgraded got underway. Puhinui Station Preparation work has been going on for a while now but yesterday morning marked the official start to the $60 million rebuild of the Puhinui station.…
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Going round in circles at Royal Oak

This is a cross post from our friends at Bike Auckland. The original post is here. Auckland Transport is consulting on an “upgrade” to the Royal Oak roundabout, which sits at the heart of what we in Bike Auckland call the “Bike Bermuda Triangle”: the central isthmus, woefully bereft of bikeways.…
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