Transport

Wellington City & Suburban Transport

Emphasis on low cost / free public transport.

Council should explore and adopt every means that will enable all ages and sectors of the population to leave their cars at home (on time quality service, more accessible buses for buggies and the elderly, reduce the walking distance to get on a bus.)

Transport issues - Traffic Movement, Parking, Cycling, Bus Lanes

Urban transport planning reveals self-interest of WCC, raising value of own assets, and ability to increase commercial sponsorship at expense of community desires and reasonable opinion. Example: corporate boxes [at proposed new Basin Reserve grandstand as a result of flyover].

Travel Demand Management Plan The 2006-2016 LTCCP provided that in the first three years, council would

"will improve the performance of the city’s transport system through Travel Demand Management. Our Travel Demand Management Plan will include: initiatives to encourage walking, cycling and use of public transport; encouraging more intensive residential development around public transport hubs; considering our own travel practises as a Council; and considering price incentives to discourage road use."

Public Transport options

Transferable bus tickets. If you buy a zone 1 bus ticket and need to change buses, you should be able to do so and not need to pay a second time.

Light rail in the CBD. If Manners Mall is going to be redeveloped for public transport, we should put in light rail at the same time.

The Buckle St on ramp should go under Memorial Park, not around it. The original proposals to have the bypass in a "gully" with arterial routes (Willis, Cuba, and Taranaki Streets) having bridges over and a roof over the top at Memorial Park needs to be resurrected.

Parking

Parking costs – if you buy a 2-hour parking permit and move your car within the 2 hours, you should be able to transfer the parking permit to your new park, not pay again. Parking on streets is paid to the Wellington City Council and is quiet inequitable to pay again to the same supplier (WCC) within the time on the purchased ticket.

Car parks on the periphery of the CBD, with free public transport to the CBD. This will reduce congestion and improve foot traffic to businesses.

Improve the signage indicating tow away areas, and where the towed cars have been taken to.

Could have all buses terminating at Cambridge Tce or the Railway Station, with a shuttle service through the city – this would cut down on the number of buses queueing. Sufficient parking needs to be available for people to leave their vehicle and catch the public ransport.

Bus Lanes

Forget them for areas that do not have a carriageway (gutter to gutter) that does not provide one traffic lane in both directions and parking on both sides of the road. Particularly in suburban centres an arterial routes where residents do not have offstreet parking available.

Cycling

Wellington is developing a cycling plan for the city. This mode of transport is growing and while still a minority as far as road users are concerned needs to be taken into account. There are a limited number of cycle lanes and thus in other stets cyclists become part of the traffic flow and "take their chances with other traffic. Councils programme of driver education (bubble) needs to be maintained.

Safer Roads

Traffic calming in suburban streets in order that they are safer needs to be extended across the city. This needs to be a co-ordinated approach To date, Safer Roads Projects have been implemented in Tawa & Karori. Safer Roads resolution in Newtown (which will extend into Berhampore) is in effect from 29 January 2009. The Newtown one looks not only at the main roads but also on the side streets. Similar programmes need to be rolled out in other areas of the city - Kilbirnie, Island Bay. The focus is on Safer Roads NOT on enabling traffic to travel faster

It is essential that this continue. The LTCCP should make provision for the continuation of the safer Roads project in the rest of Newtown, Berhampore and Island Bay. This includes not only the works that are required to be carried out but also the consultation process. The consultation process followed in the development of the Newtown Safer Roads process is commendable and one that should be followed in other areas.

Pedestrians

Pedestrians would benefit from the improvement of surfaces of footpaths. This particularly apply following roadworks and on those footpaths that are bricked (e.g. outside the WCC Offices in Wakefield St), where tree roots lift the seal or bricks or pavers. Roads also need to be made safe for pedestrians. This is particularly the case in shopping complexes or shopping centres.

Pedestrian priority at crossing points. The current traffic light phases are not responsive enough to pedestrians, so everyone jaywalks. This would be inexpensive to change.

At pedestrian crossings, “countdown timers” should be installed to indicate the amount of time until the lights change. This gives slower pedestrians, e.g. the elderly, the confidence they have enough time to cross.

Pedestrian access needs to be developed to resolve pedestrian access in areas throughout the city. Needs to be carried out in a systematic suburb by suburb process.

Footpaths must be maintained to a high standard to encourage use.

Footpaths must be built along many streetys that currently don't have them, particularly when those streets are serviced by buses.

Petrol Prices & Supply

In recent times, the economy has been under considerable pressure from high petrol & diesel prices. While there has been a little relief in that the prices have lowered, we must be mindful that the supply of petrol is a finite resource and that its price is driven by supply and demand issues.

Also in nature, petroleum and other hydrocarbons are finite in that once taken rom the land there is no more. It is not a renewable resource. This impacts on supply and thus on price. Extracting petroleum products from the land (from initial searching, exploring etc to final production is subject to escalating costs and these are unlikely to be relieved in the future

Costs

Public transport costs to Wellingtonians must be kept to an affordable level otherwise private motor vehicles will jam city streets. Investment in public transport and sustainable transport systems must be maintained

Traffic Lights

There are 27 traffic lights between the zoo and railway station - this is ridiculous. Council needs a better approach to traffic management (and stop planting things on street corners that obscure drivers vision.

Priority at traffic lights (particularly in the CBD) must be given to pedestrians (there are more of them) If this slows vehicular traffic so what?

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