Tagged: Transport

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

The flying car, nearly here? - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Apr 21, 2017

A small German-based company, Lilium, has announced that they have successfully tested an electric “flying car”. A ducted fan mini-plane really.   Others are also looking at developing small air-borne taxis. But Lilium is the first to have a working prototype. Initially piloted, but Lilium hopes it can become autonomous and able to be summoned using a smart … Read More

Why do so many fear the bicycle? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Mar 14, 2017

By Prof Alistair Woodward, Auckland University “It is too dangerous.” This is the reason given most commonly for not riding a bike on the road in New Zealand. In this blog, I summarise a paper we have just published quantifying the risk of cycling injury. We found it to be low compared to other activites that New Zealanders commonly engage … Read More

Uber ignorant - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Nov 25, 2016

Parliament’s transport select committee is considering how to modernise transport regulations… A lot of people who should have failed intermediate microeconomics like to make the following argument. The theory of perfect competition has perfect information as an underlying assumption Nobody has perfect information Therefore, government must regulate to protect people from bad choices because market failure. It’s wrong on a … Read More

Cycling and walking in six NZ cities: Where are we at? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Sep 04, 2016

Dr Caroline Shaw, Dr Marie Russell On-road cycle lane Wellington. Photo credit: Jenny Ombler. Active transport is important for health and sustainability. But no one has previously looked systematically at how NZ cities support cycling and walking. Therefore, a new study has been performed and is now published online. This blog reports its main findings. Walking and cycling for … Read More

Morality and autonomous vehicles - Guest Work

Guest Work Jun 27, 2016

By Dr Carolyn Mason, Lecturer, Philosophy, University of Canterbury A new study published in Science finds that the majority of research participants accept that it is morally right to program autonomous vehicles (AVs) to kill the occupant of the car to save ten pedestrians. As the authors Bonnefon, Shariff and Rahwan point out, this result agrees with utilitarianism, that … Read More

Counting carbon – knowledge is power - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Jun 21, 2016

One of the striking things for University of Waikato law Professor Barry Barton, while working on the Royal Society of New Zealand report Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy for New Zealand, was how often his scientific colleagues had to tell him they didn’t have necessary data on New Zealand’s carbon emissions options. Without that information, we don’t know … Read More