Safer speeds and traffic calming is an important tool in the transport carbon emissions reduction toolkit. Our people will only be able to shift from car dependency to low-carbon active travel in the numbers required for an appropriate climate change response, if the unsafe traffic environment in this city is fixed. Making our city safe is the only ethical way forward, shown by the number of children being hit recently even in the nearby area. All have been hit on roads where the speed limits do not meet international guidelines.
Did you know you can ride for miles in most directions from Pt Chev, almost entirely free from traffic? Join us for the first of what we hope will be many local bike adventures, exploring off-road connected bike paths in our hood and beyond!
We’ll gather in the town square outside the library – then head off, on an out-and-back ride of ~14km. It’s about half an hour in each direction, so expect to be on the move for around an hour, not counting stops to explore.
Saturday 25 May, 2pm start. Meet in the Pt Chevalier town square near the library, from 1.45pm.
On our return to Pt Chev we’ll hang out at Nomad for a chat. Feel free to stick around!
Given the length of this initial ride, it’s more suitable for adults and teens. Once we’ve tested the concept, we’re planning future rides more suitable for families with children. (If you do want to ride along this time, there’s a natural turnaround point that would make for a shorter 5km route.)
This ride is entirely off-road and on quiet streets, with a couple of road crossings along the way.
At DSCG we are thinking to redesign our annual beds to get a better management system going and hopefully increase our harvest. What better than going to FTLOB first really well functioning urban market garden model OMG for learnings.
With Auckland’s population set to
swell to 2 million by as early as 2029, growing demands on housing and
infrastructure, and climate change exposing our city to impending natural
disasters, future-proofing Auckland has become more important than ever before.
The way we plan, design,
construct and govern our city will determine Auckland’s future viability.
The world’s cities are under threat by climate change. Building a
sustainable city is an integral part of Auckland’s future.
But what does the ideal sustainable city look like? And is it possible? Join us with Dr Michelle Dickinson as she facilitates the conversation focusing on crucial attributes and solutions – high-rise medium-density, incorporating resilience into urban design and development, and high-quality living for our people with easy access to employment, social infrastructure and clean, green spaces.
In line with our Transition Town goals of encouraging the use of lower-carbon transport modes Transition Town Point Chevalier has become a supporter of the Healthy Streets Alliance.
You can learn more about the Healthy Streets concept here and see the video of Lucy Saunders talking in Auckland about the subject here. The group is also aiming to promote safer speeds, Vision Zero, the work of health academic alliance, Healthy Auckland Together, and Neighbourhoods for Active Kids. Essentially, the group is looking to promote the benefits of having safe, low-speed, low-traffic, well-designed city environments so people can live active, healthy lives in their communities.
This is an
interesting article. The psychological aspects of climate denialism were
something some of our members have been studying for a while – and I was
treated to Action Station’s excellent “Climate Conversations
Training” a couple of years ago, which touched on the subject too. The
range of types of denialism are good to think about, too. Like those who have
given up on reducing the scale of climate change, and think our only option is
“every inch of warming makes a difference”—we cannot stop the process of
warming altogether, but we can control whether climate change yields a future
that is apocalyptic or instead “merely grim.”
It reminds us that Transition Town has never been about just adaptation to a
new reality. Our first, and most urgent job, is to meet this huge challenge by
reducing our contribution to climate change.
The good news for a city like Auckland, is that reducing our transport carbon
emissions and preventing further loss of soil carbon in greenfields growth, are
both not only possible, but doing so would improve lifestyles, and increase
community connections and quality of life.
In the process, Auckland can inspire other cities around the world to do the
same. It’s wonderful Transition Town stuff.