Whoa, that’s pretty out there! … or is it?

Pedestrian-friendly Auckland City Centre. Auckland Council.

There was a fair bit of “free thinking” going on while we will all in lock-down, with a lot of us imagining returning to a different New Zealand than the one we came from pre-Covid. But now that things are getting back to “normal”, it seems so has our thinking…

So, here at BFF, we have decided that much like vitamin supplements, we need a weekly supplement of “out there” ideas to keep our imaginations alive to possibility!

Here is our first instalment of radical ideas – all transport related:

  • Make all public transport free funded by road user charge on cars and trucks
  • Provide free neighbourhood/village working hubs (hot desk type place) to reduce need for commuting (and build stronger community networks)
  • In urban areas, give pedestrians first priority, then bikes, then motor vehicles.

What is your radical idea? Feel free to share using the comments!

6 thoughts on “Whoa, that’s pretty out there! … or is it?

  1. We need to change our foreign policy and opt out of the US empire and join our Southern Hemisphere neighbours in the non-aligned nations movement. We don’t want to go the way of Australia and find ourselves in a trade war with our most important trade partner.

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  2. Significantly increase in international tourist levy at border. There will likely be a graded return to international tourist visits (e.g. a mandatory 2 week quarantine period – or like in Austria an airport COVID test for ~200 euros) so why not take that expense, once borders are fully open, and translate it to a visitor levy – to keep high volume low value tourist numbers down, and the ones that can afford it (high value tourists) are maintained. Use the revenue generated to fund tourism infrastructure/ to reduce environmental impacts of tourism/ to offset flight emissions.

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  3. In the rush to retrain people made redundant from often environmentally-damaging occupations such as mass short-stay tourism, should there be a focus on future living skills? may of these were enjoyed during ‘lock down’ – the basics that help people grow some food, fix things, choose durable purchases, make homes warm and dry, etc? Good info source at sustainableliving.org.nz backed by local government and independent of commercial pressures.

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  4. All infrastructure projects must have a rule to result in a measurable improvement in water quality indices as set out in the NPSFM. If it doesn’t improve water quality, it can’t be built. This would mean improvements to degraded urban transport corridors (transit, waking and cycling are less polluting that private vehicles), no new Transmission Gully type motorway projects (classed as high contaminant generating activities), increased urban density with greywater capture and reuse (the “Urban Stream Syndrome” of greenfield developments as they alter rural streams through sediment generation and increased impervious surfaces).

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