Moving in our urban environment is the topic of discussion in the MOVE Session at the 2018 Urbanism New Zealand Conference 14 to 15 May in Wellington. This is an outcome driven conference providing the opportunity for a diversity of conversations from all areas of the sector. REGISTER TODAY to join the conversation.
Mass Rapid Transit Opportunities in a 2-wheeled Society
Vietnam is in the midst of rapid urbanisation with the population increasing from 24 million to 33 million in the last decade. The issue of urban development and transport presents the major economic challenge for the country. In 2017 there were approximately 3 million cars and 45 million motorcycles. James Tinnion-Morgan, Principal Transport Planner and Public Transport Specialist, Tonkin and Taylor has over 27 years’ experience in a wide variety of transport planning projects, both in Asia Pacific and Europe and has delivered large scale integrated transport solutions.
Business Case for Walking
Auckland, like many western cities, went down the path of auto-dependency, systematically measuring and providing for motorised vehicles while ‘accommodating’ people on foot and bike if any space was left over. To challenge this auto-orientated paradigm, Auckland Council developed the Business Case for Walking to understand the quantum and value of walking in the Auckland City Centre. George Weeks is a chartered planner and an urban designer in the City Centre Unit at the Auckland Design Office, Auckland Council. Prior to this he was based in Transport for London’s urban design team where he developed the team’s expertise in monetising the economic benefits of high-quality public space.
The Bicycle Landscape
Over the last five years New Zealand has started to build a new network of infrastructure for cycling. At both the local and national government level, significant investment has been predicated upon proven returns that cycling improves health, environment and economy. Playing a giant game of join-the-dots, Ralph Johns, CEO Isthmus will connect urban cycle projects in Auckland, Napier and Wellington with national cycleway trails through the Hauraki, Napier and the Wairarapa. Raised in Wales, Ralph Johns studied and practiced as a landscape architect in the UK prior to moving to New Zealand in 2001 to establish the landscape architecture degree program at Victoria University. For the past decade he has been a senior member of the design practice Isthmus Group and has won a number of awards for his work in addition to contributing articles to local and international design publications.