A discussion on the direction of transportation design, urban design and planning for Otautahi – Christchurch
All the things that make a place enjoyable to live in contribute to liveability. How we move around on a daily basis and what options we have for travel plays a key role on how we see and enjoy the places where we live, work and play. Streets are also places we spend time and the environment created defines the urban experience: the buildings, trees, places to be and the effects of traffic.
Integrating land-use, transport and public space is a key principle in delivering successful and liveable communities. There is growing support from Government to create safe, resilient, well-connected and multimodal transport systems that put people first. We can have access to opportunities and also ensure transport plays its part in shaping the kinds of places that people want to live and work in.
New Zealand is not alone in considering these challenges. We can learn from others where significant positive social, economic and environmental outcomes have already been realised.
Claire Pascoe will focus on two different international approaches to changing urban mobility and how these are being considered in the New Zealand context. The Dutch are ‘optimising humans and marginalising machines’ while North and South America, Spain and other parts of the world are using low-cost, tactical street changes to achieve safety and liveable benefits faster.
What can we learn from these examples to create more liveable New Zealand cities?