News: May 2020

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May

27 May 2020Dear Patrick,I am following up on the attached letter sent to you earlier this year by Peter Mersi, Secretary for Transport, advising you that the Domestic Transport Costs and Charges (DTCC) Study was about to commence.  Thanks for agreeing to be the Cycling Action NZ contact for the Study.The focus since that time has been on refining the methodology that will be used for the Study.  This has now been finalised into a detailed Methodology Report - a copy of which is available should you wish to receive it - and the consultant team has now commenced work on the main study.  The timetable has been impacted to an extent by the Covid-19 lockdown, but the team is now making progress with data collection and analysis. This will be brought together in a series of working papers which will be progressively drafted over the period from June to September.  A list of the...

May 28, 2020
Patrick
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May

Accessible Streets Submission from Cycling Action NetworkSummaryWe support the package. It makes sensible changes to make the roads safer for people who walk, bike, scoot or use other active transport.We think these changes are particularly important:● Allowing children, parents, the elderly and other people on bikes to choose to use footpaths in situations where they are unsafe on our roads.● Sharing cycle lanes with eg micromobility devices, to give people a safe place to operate them off footpaths and separated from motor vehicles.● Aligning the road rules with already existing, safe cycling behaviour.We think these changes don’t go far enough:● The minimum overtaking gap is set too close and at too high speeds. It doesn't apply in cycle lanes, when most are little more than a strip of paint. We think it should recognise the...

May 20, 2020
Patrick
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May

Full submission is attached.OverviewCAN agrees that the purpose of the transport system is to improve people’s well-being, andthe liveability of places (para. 1). However, the investment proposals in the draft GPSappear to place considerable weight on New Zealand’s economic growth and, as such, willlead to under-emphasis on social, cultural and environmental well-being.CAN acknowledges that the Labour-NZ First Coalition government has introduced many newinitiatives that recognise that a broad-based approach to well-being required, most notablythe Well-being Budget of 2019. However, there is still inadequate recognition andaccounting for the costs of the social and environmental impacts of transport. As a result,the proposed funding levels in the activity classes will not significantly progress the strategicpriorities, particularly the new ones, which CAN welcomes, of...

May 11, 2020
Patrick