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My day with Al Gore

By   /  June 27, 2014  /  Julie Anne Genter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

This week I have the enormous privilege of attending The Climate Reality Leadership Corps training in Melbourne. The Climate Reality Project was founded by Al Gore, Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President.

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Real time traffic savings

By   /  February 5, 2014  /  Julie Anne Genter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

One of the greatest (heretofore uncounted) benefits of enabling more people to use passenger transport will be all the time they get back.

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Engines of happiness

By   /  January 28, 2014  /  Julie Anne Genter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Money and the economy are not ends in themselves. It is happiness, health and contentment that all of us are really striving for.

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Democracy = bus (and bike!) lanes

By   /  December 10, 2013  /  Julie Anne Genter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

I know everyone is frantically busy in the mad pre-xmas rush, so I’ll spare you a lengthy blog post about some great positive initiatives in Auckland (until next week, anyway), and instead just recommend you watch this fantastic TED talk.

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Let’s stop this madness

By   /  December 3, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Julie Anne Genter, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

The Government is hell bent on destroying another vibrant, and vulnerable, community for the sake of ANOTHER motorway in Auckland. This seems insane, but the enigmatic (and until very recently, nonexistent) plan for an “East-West Link” to deal with freight problems between Onehunga and East Tamaki has jumped the queue to be one of the […]

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On the freedom of cycling

By   /  November 20, 2013  /  Julie Anne Genter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Too much of any good thing can completely undermine its advantages. Cars are very useful, but they aren’t the most practical or affordable way for everyone in an urban area to get to school and work.

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Why Transmission Gully doesn’t stack up

By   /  November 5, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Julie Anne Genter, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

John Key announced last week that the Government would be signing the contract and starting construction on Transmission Gully before the next election. Talkback hosts and people who listen to them reacted with jubilation. Finally! A four lane expressway from the airport to Levin.

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Transport and social equity: Part 2 Fares

By   /  October 29, 2013  /  Julie Anne Genter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

There is no question, public transport fares in New Zealand – generally speaking – are too high. Especially in Auckland.

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Transport and social equity: Part 1

By   /  October 22, 2013  /  Julie Anne Genter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Reducing car dependence is therefore critical to increase the opportunities for everyone to participate in society, and to reduce the cost burden on low- and middle-income households. And this doesn’t simply mean replacing all our current car journeys with public transport.

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TRAINSPOTTING: National’s delay to rail link will cost us half a billion (and counting)

By   /  September 24, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Julie Anne Genter, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

It’s easy for John Key to promise to start a project in 2020, when he will be long gone. By the time the capacity issues hit our existing buses and trains in 2021, most of the transport budget will have been blown on expensive, unnecessary motorways

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TRAINSPOTTING: National’s PPP swindle

By   /  September 17, 2013  /  Julie Anne Genter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

National has been trying to spin PPP’s like somehow they are going to save taxpayers money – but they will do exactly the opposite.

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TRAINSPOTTING: How a feebate works (this one’s for you, Duncan.)

By   /  September 10, 2013  /  Julie Anne Genter, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

Duncan clearly didn’t quite pick up on that point, unfortunately, and promptly tweeted that the Greens were planning to put an additional tax on all petrol cars.

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TRAINSPOTTING: Latest motorway madness

By   /  September 3, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Julie Anne Genter, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

Two recent reports have highlighted the economic insanity of the Government’s motorway programme. You may think “insanity” is a bit OTT, but I use it to mean something quite precise: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

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TRAINSPOTTING: The end of car dependency and the future of civilisation

By   /  August 27, 2013  /  Julie Anne Genter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

New Zealand is one of the last developed countries to still be throwing a huge chunk of the transport budget at new (or duplicate) highway capacity. It is well established in the literature that motorways do not reduce congestion,

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Driverless cars: the end of public transport?

By   /  August 20, 2013  /  Julie Anne Genter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

I contend that driverless cars are actually likely to do quite the opposite, and support greater use of rail, walking and cycling, because they will make a car just one more a tool in our transport tool-kit and enable greater density of development.

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F^%&ing cyclists

By   /  August 6, 2013  /  Julie Anne Genter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  30 Comments

I regularly hear that “cyclists” ride three or four abreast, slow traffic and shouldn’t be allowed on the road. I also hear that “cyclists” don’t pay for the roads and therefore deserve whatever happens to them, as they are the idiots taking the risk on the road.

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