Fewer Cars = Good Times

Concerning city centres, slower speed limits, more walkable streets, and what lessons Auckland and Wellington should learn from what's happened in Christchurch city centre post-quakes. This article first appeared over at TraNZport blog and is republished with permission.There is a lot of debate going on in Auckland at the moment about restricting city centre traffic … Continue reading Fewer Cars = Good Times

Previous Reports 4: Programme Business Case for Future of Public Transport in Christchurch

Previously I have written about the 2017 strategic business case for the future of public transport in Christchurch. Now I'm going to summarise the next step of this - the programme business case. This was completed late last year. It considers the problems and benefits that were identified in the strategic case, then recommends a … Continue reading Previous Reports 4: Programme Business Case for Future of Public Transport in Christchurch

What Makes Cities Tick?

A few months back I saw an interesting thread of tweets written by Kent Lundberg, an urban designer who has been a big part of the revival of the Auckland city centre in recent years. I think it's a neat wee summary of what makes city centres tick. I took 3 points out of this: … Continue reading What Makes Cities Tick?

Pedestrianise the City Centre?

Recently Auckland announced that they are going to completely transform their city centre by pedestrianising Queen Street, and making an amazing environment for everyone on foot, on bike or in public transport throughout the whole central city. This will be achieved by retaining vehicle movements only for servicing and access, and removing all through traffic … Continue reading Pedestrianise the City Centre?