Category Archives: Advocacy

Frankton Central Bus Route

It is important to remember that time spent on the bus represents only a portion of the experience for bus users. For the rest of the journey, public transport commuters are pedestrians. When looking at the location of bus stops, it is crucial that the public transport system, in terms of routes, interchange nodes and stops, is well connected to a high-quality pedestrian network. The bus stop identity should enhance a ‘sense of place’ indicating that you have arrived in an important place in the city, as in down-town Kassel.

Kassel KonigsplatzPedestrians should not feel cramped on a narrow footpath. If people have to crowd waiting for the bus, the footpath is blocked. The waiting situation ought to be pleasant, both for people waiting and those actively walking. Here a Bus bulb or Swedish heel stop (klackhllplats) combined with a Kassel kerb can give adequate space for both pedestrians and for people waiting to access their bus.

Victoria St Bump out Bus StopBus stops are centres of public life. People arriving at their destination will usually depart from that destination by using the bus stop on the opposite side of road. This means there is a need for safe pedestrian crossing supported, with safer speeds and good sight lines.

Frankton Central Bus Route

It is essential to arrive in an inviting and welcoming place. It should be easy to orientate yourself, and comfortable and safe to walk towards planned destinations. In addition, the bus stop itself should be pleasant and stimulating, with the surroundings feeling comfortable and incorporating passive surveillance from neighbouring properties.

 

 

Make a quick submission on Hamilton City Council’s 10 year plan (submissions close 4 pm today)

I prepared and sent the below submission using Generation Zero’s Quick Submission Form. I would encourage you to do the same, but make sure your submission is sent before 4 pm today.

You can also email your submission to the council.

Please commit at least $1 million per year over the next ten years to develop cycle infrastructure.
Hamilton City Council needs to make a strong commitment to funding safe and accessible cycle infrastructure, for a liveable and prosperous city. Completion of the 30 year cycle plan should be brought forward to this year, with implementation beginning immediately funds are available. Central government is currently offering funding to councils for urban cycleways, but this is not guaranteed to be available after the current funding period.

Changing peoples’ established mobility habits requires strong leadership from council; it’s not enough to sit back and wait until voters overwhelm existing walking and cycling facilities. The NZ AA published the results of a survey in their Directions magazine in 2012/13 which stated that 92% of those surveyed amongst their readership would ride a bike if safe facilities were provided. That is potentially a massive number of people waiting to be unlocked by safe infrastructure. A modest amount of expenditure could enable a huge number of people who are keen to cycle but fear for their safety, freeing up roads and parking and making for a much more human-friendly city.

In the Hamilton CBD, more central streets should be considered for being converted to shared spaces or pedestrianised. Hamilton’s CBD will never “out-Base” The Base. Making it a green, walkable city and opening the CBD up to the river will transform the city. More people are going to look to living in the CBD as household compositions change and housing inflation encourage intensification.

A city like Hamilton should not be a place where driving a car is seen as a de facto requirement of being a productive citizen. Please look to other cities, both here in NZ and overseas, where investment in walking, cycling and public transport is increasing rapidly and seeing a huge response in participation and patronage.

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