Auckland's Climate Action Plan

WHAT DOES A CLIMATE READY AKL FEEL LIKE? We have understood, learned about and integrated NEW TRANSPORT ERA RISKS

We moved near the Avondale market in 2007. Getting around on Sundays it was immediately obvious that unless road layout and driver + pedestrian behaviour changed, there would be a serious accident. A few years later there was and a pedestrian was killed. 

Now our region wide transport system is changing. Cyclists are increasingly darting through slow or stationary traffic creating risks for themselves, pedestrians, and drivers. Scooters and motorbikes are doing the same. Both two wheel modes are using bus lanes, with buses. Electric cars, as well as bikes and electric bikes are QUIET, so LOOKING just become more important than ever before when using our roads.

But we don't need or want these mode and transport characteristic changes to stop - in fact we need them to continue to grow and increase.

Increased non-car travel will ultimately alter the balance and lead to a more aware traveling cohort across all modes... BUT IN THE MEAN TIME WE NEED EXTRA CARE, EXTRA UNDERSTANDING, AND EXTRA EFFROT TO GET LAYOUTS AND BEHAVIOUR RIGHT.

Some important layout changes include cycle lanes in the city, low speed areas across the region, and driveways that cross cycle lanes before reaching the car lanes, such as on Nelson Street. These are high risk moments in modern travel.

Road signage is the traditional way to tell drivers what's going on at a particular point on the road - speed limit, lane options, BUT MAYBE WE NEED SOMETHING MORE? A RELICENSING PROGRAMME? EMPLOYER-LED COURSES FOR STAFF? INCENTIVES FOR BUS DRIVERS TO WAIT BEHIND RATHER THAN PASS BIKES.

Most of all, there are areas where we need a greater clarity around the rules, to manage NEW TRANSPORT ERA RISKS, through the transition into the new transport era itself.

edited on 30th March 2019, 22:03 by Climate Primate
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