Irony in move to Level One

There is irony in the move to Level 1 in the South at the same time as Level 2 will let the Aucklander’s loose into the South.  The threat of transmitting Covid-19 will actually increase for the South.  100,000 plane tickets sold in Auckland in two hours after removal of the the need to distance on planes, trains, and busses is a startling change in movement of people which means a big change in the chance of the virus being carried around.  Look at how the virus went global so widely and so fast:  plane travel.   So called criticisms of government ‘fear mongering’ are actually open attempts by those critics to display their ignorance of the virus.  By now it is clear that the worlds of the humans and the viruses are different.  The unknowns about the spread, deadliness, and the long term effects, as well as the unknowns about vaccines, are still too potentially devastating.  As time goes by virus experts in the health field are learning more and their advice is paramount.  Interesting that Dr Bloomfield and PM Ardern have for the first time expressed differences of opinion during this phase.

Brent Efford’s reality, Mike Williams’ desperation on CBD transport

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington

18/08/ 2020

Dear Editor:

I appreciate Brent Efford’s knowledge and courage discussing transport in the CBD.  But does he really think Mike Williams was serious in his letter about Lambton Quay and CBD transport? Read the rest of this entry »

Infrastructure work must be forward not backward looking

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington
18/02/ 2020

Dear Editor:

In an era where the challenges we face mainly deal with threats to the ecosphere, the realization that the water system is in a state of crisis should alert the WCC, the mayor, and the GWRC that they must prioritize fundamental infrastructure. Read the rest of this entry »

New councils must spend on public transport – updated version

The Editor,  The Dom Post,  Wellington
22/01/ 2020

Dear Editor:

Here we are in 2020 and the newly elected WCC and GWRC seem to be more supportive of public transport than the councils of the previous term. To demonstrate that they will need to be willing to spend on walking, cycling, and mass transit (light rail) and resist spending on a traffic tunnel. Read the rest of this entry »

The absurdity of Barbara Donaldson as GWRC chair approaches

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington
05 September, 2019

Dear Editor:

Hey Dave, (Armstrong, 03/09) I think it was satirist song writer Tom Lehrer, who had a penchant for alliteration (“Poisoning Pigeons in the Park”), that said he retired from satire after Henry Kissinger was awarded co-winner of the Noble Peace Prize. Read the rest of this entry »

Giving up on buses?

The Editor
The Dominion Post
25 August, 2019

Dear Editor:

“Giving up on buses” is a useful headline (Damian George, 20 Aug). The kind of confused rationale evident along with the subsequent irrational bus schedules we have been saddled with are consistent with an observation that in the grand scheme the changes were meant to discredit public transport in order to deflect the growing pressure to reduce the total domination of the personal motor car. Read the rest of this entry »

Response to Neighbourly post of Michael Walsh (Newtown) on light rail for Wellington

Light Rail is a 21st Century approach to mass transit in a time when transport is being (needs to be) transformed with this order of priorities:
1. Pedestrians
2. Personal wheel modes (bikes, scooters, etc)
3. Mass transit
4. Personal vehicles (cars, trucks – perhaps properly referred to as ‘tin boxes’, haha)
It is a good example of the Post Truth Era to see that this transformation has barely begun even though we’ve known it needed to happen for 40 years.
Richard Keller, Lyall Bay

‘Wellington First’ and ‘Save Our Parks’

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

20 December, 2018

Dear Editor:

Steve Behrendt (CSN 13/12) understandably does “not understand why almost every decision made regarding buses worsens service” after observing the Airport Flyer’s stop has been move 125 meters further away from the baggage dropoff.  But it’s worse than that in general regarding attempts to move from cars toward public transport. Read the rest of this entry »

Kilbirnie ‘bus hub’ disappointing

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

24 November, 2018

Dear Editor:

I am disappointed with pedestrian access to the new so-called ‘bus hub’ in Kilbirnie which is operational now. Read the rest of this entry »

Post Truth in public transport at Wellington Regional Council

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

04 August, 2018

Dear Editor:

Herwin Bongers of Revolt Wellington makes the astute observation that New Zealand (that is, Wellington) is the only country signed up to the Paris Accord that has since removed sustainable public transport (trolley buses). Read the rest of this entry »