The Hamilton Lake unit area illustrates a city area where a single land use hasn’t dominated. This integrated land use has positive impacts on people economically, socially and culturally, as well as benefitting the natural environment and allowing an overlapping mix of land use activities within comfortable walking distance of populated areas. Should we encourage more people in this area to enrich it even more?
One measure of outcome is car dependency. In the 2013 Census, the data for the main means of travel to work for Lake area showed 1,029 drove or rode in a car (62%); 15 rode motor cycle (1%); 111 were passengers in a car or bus (7%); and 498 walked or cycled (30%). The outcome is better than most areas in Hamilton, but the private vehicle still dominates
The barrier to a more balanced mode share may be due to the fact that the hospital campus suppresses demand for more active transport options by simply not providing an accessible route for wheeled pedestrians and not linking into the NZTA & HCC safer street and shared use path networks.
These two earlier posts, Hamilton as medium sized city in Netherlands and Hamilton compared to a medium sized city in Australia, show Hamilton can be seen as a more densely populated type of city. To take this a step further, this post adds German cities to the list. For Germany, the number of cities that can act as benchmarks becomes larger and the closeness to major cities gives density patterns similar to those measured in Australia , with the higher density cities being part of the metropolitan area of a major city. The sources for data on German cities are wikipedia List of cities in Germany by population and City Mayors German top cities
What makes these German cities an interesting comparison to Hamilton is that most have a river flowing through them; below are photos from three of them, showing Koblenz with the rivers Rhine and Moselle, Kassel with the Fulda River, and Ulm on the River Danube
Something worth exploring further is how these river promenades link with the city retail area and what activities are actually happening. Are people attracted to the river edge area more because of the width of open spaces and good sight lines or because of commercial activity?