Tagged: public transport

Climate policy that relies on a shift to electric cars risks entrenching existing inequities - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Jun 01, 2021

Alistair Woodward, University of Auckland; Kirsty Wild, University of Auckland, and Rhys Jones, University of Auckland   At the end of this month, the Climate Change Commission will deliver its final advice to government, outlining how New Zealand can reach its climate targets. New Zealand has committed to reaching net zero emissions of long-lived greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide … Read More

Slaves to speed, we’d all benefit from ‘slow cities’ - Guest Work

Guest Author May 21, 2021

Paul Tranter, UNSW and Rodney Tolley, Staffordshire University   Slowing transport in cities provides immense benefits for the health of people, economies and the planet, so why are we still obsessed with speed? As Mahatma Gandhi observed: There is more to life than increasing its speed. This speaks to our own physical and mental well-being, as well as to … Read More

Climate decisions in a car-reliant country - Unsorted

Marcus Wilson Apr 13, 2021

This is my first post for a while. I have been a bit overwhelmed by other work in the last several weeks, with teaching and other commitments, and the blog has sadly suffered. But I’m still here. This morning, while sitting in a car in the permanent traffic jam through the Waikato Expressway roadworks south of Hamilton, I was reflecting … Read More

E-bikes are the new cars- why don’t transport policy makers treat them seriously? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Aug 04, 2020

Caroline Shaw, Anja Mizdrak E-bikes are everywhere. Sales are booming and predicted to overtake sales of new cars in a few years. There were three times as many e-bikes and e-scooters imported into NZ in 2019 alone as there are e-cars in the entire country. You can’t go out in the city these days without seeing people having … Read More

Walking and cycling for transport is good for physical activity levels in Kiwis! - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Oct 31, 2017

By Dr Caroline Shaw, University of Otago.  Physical activity is good for health. Higher levels of physical activity are associated with reduced rates of breast and colon cancer, better mental health, lower obesity rates, lower heart disease, stroke (the list goes on). This blog looks at a new study we just published that found that New Zealanders who walk … Read More

New York subway system as a stringed instrument - Seeing Data

Chris McDowall Feb 03, 2011

A short post to draw your attention to some lovely work by Alexander Chen. Conductor: mta.me pulls subway schedule data from New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and transforms it into dynamic musical animation. The end result is wonderful. Thanks to commenter Kate for sending me the link. [vimeo width=”680″ height=”383″]http://vimeo.com/19372180[/vimeo] Here’s Chen’s description of the … Read More

An animated map of Auckland’s public transport network - Seeing Data

Chris McDowall Jan 20, 2011

I grew up in Auckland and spent many years using the city’s public transport system to get from place to place. While sitting on a bus, I sometimes wondered what the transportation network would look like if we could see the movements of the individual vehicles from the air. I would try to visualise the aggregate trajectories as each vehicle … Read More