Safer Cities through Design

Why transport matters for equity, and how Aotearoa New Zealand can fairly transition to the connected low-traffic cities we need for a decarbonised future.

Key recommendations include: Setting an ambitious vision for the transport system and realigning all relevant strategies around the twin goals of reducing car dependence and increasing equity Changing how transport investment is allocated to prioritise active, public, and shared transport modes over private vehicles for the movement of people Ensuring the transition is tika (right and just), including by partnering with Māori to uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations in the transport system and ensuring representation from disadvantaged communities on transport-decision making bodies Requiring urban development that shortens the distance between key destinations and reduces the overall need to travel Piloting the 20-minute city approach in Kāinga Ora-led urban developments. Establishing a fund to promote low-carbon shared community transport solutions such as ECE pick-up and drop-off services and community shuttles Making public transport free for disadvantaged groups like community services and young people under 25.


Holly Walker
WSP Fellow, The Helen Clark Foundation
New Zealand

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