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Road Rage – Part 1

Guest poster Becs Tetley is bothered by bullishness on the roads and wonders if we could all just cool it in our cars.

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Starting to get it right: Island Bay and the South

The Island Bay Cycleway’s influence on Wellington transport thinking, and public discourse, is really significant.  (It helped give birth to Talk Wellington!) In an issue space that’s been rife with reckons, civic activation, politicising, good intentions, cockups and conspiracies, it’s a otter relief to know it’s really coming right.

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Back to reality: school dropoff

Four days since the school holidays ended, and already they’re a distant memory.  Back in the morning battles of the school dropoff, guest poster Ben wonders again if there isn’t a better way… 

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Fuel Prices talk of the town

Ahhh, fuel prices. Always good for a conversation (or an argument). Fuel prices include taxes, plus lots of other things, and there’s some weird reporting this month that gets some basics wrong. Greater Auckland’s Matt Lowrie busts some myths. 

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On(zO) yer bike! Yikes!

With Freddie Mercury’s voice singing “I want to ride my bicycle” in her head, TW’s project manager Kate goes for a spin. Or does she?

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The Kingdom of the Machines

If you could ask an alien looking down at Wellington from outer space (via a translator, obviously), “which things here are in charge of this place?” what do you think they’d answer? 

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My Favourite Commute – Seattle Freeze and Speed

This week’s My Favourite Commute comes from Talk Welly crew-member Chris Vogliano, who remembers discovering the magic of light rail in Seattle.

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Oh, oh, Onzo! Will you whisk me across Welly?

We’re excited about a new bike-sharing service in town!

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Over the rainbow!

Wellington’s getting a rainbow pedestrian crossing!  It may not seem like much, but it represents a giant leap for our road management bureaucracy. So let’s celebrate! 

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Give it a whirl, let’s suck it and see!

Trying stuff out, seeing what works, giving things a whirl – it’s the best way to change streets cheaply, quickly and lightly. Urbanism wonks call it “tactical urbanism” (secret: it’s the same thing!). Here’s the great talk that inspired Braden’s post Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper.

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