Local insight toward a refined proposal

So says Rod James, of the 1900 or so submissions received by NZTA on their recently closed public consultation on the preferred options for roading improvements near the Basin Reserve Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 31st August 2011
Under: Basin Reserve issues, Transport | 1 Comment »

Vote X

The Friday 26 August deadline for submissions to NZTA regarding the Wellington inner-city transport projects is getting closer. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 24th August 2011
Under: Basin Reserve issues | 12 Comments »

Overpass: Dream or reality?

I love a beautiful and well considered bridge!

Foster's Millau viaduct is so beautiful it is as if it floats on the clouds!

Indeed, the designers amongst us imagine them as streamlined and un-cluttered, perhaps with translucent edge zones, no barriers or signs, no streetlights, slender support structures that simply branch out of the ground… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 20th July 2011
Under: Basin Reserve issues, News, RANTING, Transport, Uncategorized, urban design | 4 Comments »

The common ‘sense of place’.

Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 4th July 2011
Under: Basin Reserve issues, Comment, RANTING, Transport, urban design | 4 Comments »

Let’s not get pwned by the RoNSter

Save the Basin and Save Kapiti are organising a “Rail Against the Road/Expressway” rally at Parliament on Wednesday July 6th. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 29th June 2011
Under: Basin Reserve issues, Comment, News, RANTING, Transport, urban design | 10 Comments »

The great flyover teardown…

Those good folk over at the Congress for the New Urbanism run an initiative called “Highways to Boulevards,” seeking to reclaim urban environments and revitalise cities by campaigning for highway teardowns. They pay particular attention to elevated highways, yep, the good old flyover. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 21st June 2011
Under: Basin Reserve issues, Comment, RANTING, Transport, urban design | 2 Comments »

Wind and Hills: Have Traffic Engineers Noticed?

There’s a lot of information on the design of cycle lanes about – basic principles that most roads in Wellington contravine.  Examples include that they should be continuous, 1.5m wide, conspicuous at road crossing and not abandoned when roads get narrow.  I’ve borrowed these words from Cycling England, but other guidelines exist, such as the Nottinghamshire Cycling Design Guide – here’s the link to Chapter 4 on cycle lanes.  There’s even a what-not-to-do site from Croydon on Crap Cycle Lanes (Sadly our NZTA (Waka Kotahi) seems to be extremely poor at providing such resources). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 26th March 2010
Under: Comment | 9 Comments »