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Monday Movie: Auckland, City of Cars 3

This is the last episode available for the ‘Auckland, City of Cars’ series and the Monday movie mini-series. Jan Gehl, from world-famous Gehl Architects,  talks about the proportion of cycling, public transport and motor car in Copenhagen.

The economics of motorways are discussed, along with an event in 2006 that increased travel speeds and reduced traffic on the roads.

Anyone who keeps putting their head in the sand
and believes that these motorways have a long term benefit,
It’s absolute rubbish.

And they will be looked on as not only having missed an opportunity to put it
into rail but to be completely irresponsible;
Because if you are building infrastructure that is going to require cheap oil to
keep it going, you are wasting your time.

– Peter Newman, Professor (Sustainability), Curtin University


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September 12, 2010 at 3:57 pm

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  1. Never underestimate what a fuel price rise / unexpected oil shock will do!

    Extract from

    6.4 Responses to patronage growth related to petrol price rises

    … rise in transport fuel prices peaked in July 2008 and led to the following drop in total vehicle kilometres travelled (VKT), reductions in traffic volumes, and changes in use of public transport:

    # In Auckland, average rail patronage for the 12 months to July 2008 increased by 20%. Train passenger numbers in July 2008 were 32% higher than in July 2007.

    # Average boardings for Auckland buses increased by 3.5% in the 12 months to July 2008. The opening of the Northern Busway in February 2008 encouraged significant numbers of people to switch to public transport, which was the main factor responsible for a 6% drop in traffic volume on the Auckland Harbour Bridge in 2008.


    September 15, 2010 at 12:43 am

  2. The toll tunnels are a bit of a puzzle. The gateway toll bridge seems to be full of traffic and has no problems with low traffic demand. And that is $3.85 just to cross it, almost double Clem7’s $2 toll.

    Auckland is starting to improve it’s transit. Onehunga branch rail line will reopen this month, there are upgrades going on, and some recent research by Mees et al has been done into Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington’s public transport networks

    In general, getting everything connected and working together as one big unified whole is key.


    Public transport network planning: a guide to best practice in NZ cities

    Dr Mees’ writings can be a bit blunt or incendiary at times, but enjoyable to read.


    September 15, 2010 at 12:31 am


    “Each billion dollars spent on transit creates 36,108 jobs while the same figure can only buy 30,319 road jobs.”


    September 14, 2010 at 11:48 pm

  4. thanks for the doco.
    This would infer that BrisConnections and RiverCityMotorway aren’t vulnerable to a flawed financially model ie PPP but, in fact, the traffic projections will be the death of them. Induced demand will choke their roadways thereby removing incentive to pay to sit in a traffic jam. Until their tolls increase enough to move those unwilling to pay back to untolled roads.
    Its time to invest in real commuter solutions hey?


    September 14, 2010 at 11:26 pm

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