Upper Hutt transport strategy submission guide 2023

Upper Hutt transport strategy

Submission guide from Cycling Action Network
May 2023

Upper Hutt City Council is creating a new transport strategy. This will guide spending and decisions on cycling and other transport projects for the next 10 years. We don’t think it goes far enough to prioritise sustainable transport, or consider land use.

Please have your say. Here’s our submission guide.

Visit Getting into gear: Improving Upper Hutt's transport network

Have a look at Information Sheets - Vision, Challenges, Outcomes, and Focus Areas (732 KB) (pdf)

Select “Feedback Form”

Q1-8. respond as appropriate 

Q9. Vision
Select disagree

Q10. Yes

Q11. The vision has insufficient focus on safety and sustainability. There is no prioritising of competing goals, so it’s difficult to see how the Council can evaluate plans with competing goals. e.g. how to trade off safety vs journey time reliability when setting speed limits. The Vision should prioritise its goals.

Q12. Challenges
Select agree

Q13. Yes

Q14. When considering technological change, the inclusion of AVs and hydrogen fueled vehicles suggests an over-reliance on technology that doesn't and may never exist at the consumer level. Best to leave that out of this longer-term strategy, and deal with it if and when those technologies become available.

Q15. Outcomes
Select agree

Q16 no

Q17 Focus areas
Select agree

Q18 no

Q19. Comments
Spatial planning is the flip side of transport planning as it directly affects the demand for transport, patterns of movement, and time and location of congestion.. UHCC should ensure its spatial plans support its transport plans. For example, denser urban form means less demand for car trips, and can better support public transport, walking and cycling. On the other hand, expanding urban boundaries with sprawl makes it harder and more costly to meet transport needs such as by increasing the pressure on car parking at popular destinations, as fewer people can use other modes of transport.

The Transport Strategy should include specific goals, so success can be evaluated. These should include measurable mode shift targets, e.g.
- 20 percent drop in absolute VKT (vehicle km travelled) by 2030
- 30 percent of trips are made by foot, scooter or bicycle by 2030.
- prioritise street space for movement rather than parking on arterial streets
- Transport DSI (deaths and serious injuries should drop to XX by 2030, and zero by 2050.
- emissions from transport should drop by 30 percent by 2030, and to zero by 2050.


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