News: September 2022

6
Sep

What is Reshaping Streets?The Minister of Transport is proposing a set of regulatory changes to make it easier for councils to make street changes that support public transport, active travel and placemaking. These proposals would enable local authorities to make street changes more efficiently and provide new ways for communities to be involved in changes that affect them.The proposed regulatory changes include:• a new ‘Street Layouts’ land transport rule for Councils to use for changing street layouts, piloting street changes, restricting vehicles, establishing Community Streets and School Streets, and for deciding on other street changes• amending sections in the Local Government Act 1974 (LGA1974) covering pedestrian malls, transport shelters (like bus shelters), and temporary road closures• changes to other rules and regulations so that local authorities can reduce...

September 6, 2022
Patrick
1
Sep

It was wonderful to see thousands of people turn out on Saturday morning to attend the opening of Ngā Hau Māngere, the new Māngere Bridge. A mix of young and old, locals and visitors, walkers and cyclists, and even a local seal joined the celebrations. The bridge will be a new connection between the communities of Māngere and Onehunga, and a vital part of the safe, connected walking and cycling network we are building in many towns and cities. With a lovely wide path, gentle slope, and places to stop for a chat or to fish, Nga Hau Māngere is a massive win for the community, and I am proud our Government has delivered it. However, judging from their column last week (NZ Herald August 25) the Opposition would point to infrastructure like this as an example of a war on cars. I call it giving people transport choices and taking the challenge of climate change seriously. For the last century...

September 1, 2022
Patrick