Four modes of local residential transport

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

02 October, 2017

Dear Editor:

Transport is Wellington’s most important issue these days. The transport system needs to be re-invented to prepare for a sustainable future.  It should be no different for Island Bay. Read the rest of this entry »


GWRC needs to consult Wellington on trolley buses and low carbon transport

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

18 July, 2017

Dear Editor:

John Lawes observation that the GWRC consultation options for bus stop relocation lacks detailed descriptions reinforces my notion that this consultation is intended mainly to be a distraction, leaving the most important decisions out of the consultation process. Read the rest of this entry »

Wellington needs more bus routes, not tinkering and dropping routes

The Editor,  The Wellingtonian,  Wellington

9 September, 2016

Dear Editor:

Former Regional Counsellor Daran Ponter along with current counsellor Paul Bruce took it upon themselves, maybe three years ago, to inform city residents of the proposed changes to bus routes, mostly as a warning it seemed. (“Backlash. . .”, 1 Sept.) Read the rest of this entry »

Speed bumps in Island Bay – here they go again?

The Editor,  The Cook St. News,  Wellington

29 August, 2016

Dear Editor:

So three of the speed bumps along The Parade in Island Bay are to be removed despite their usefulness in slowing down vehicles toward the speed limit of 30 k/hr (18/08).  Seems like another over reaction in Island Bay to limits on the use of motor vehicles.   Read the rest of this entry »

Eastern Ward conversation about transport

The Editor,  The Cook Strait News,  Wellington

09 November, 2015

Dear Editor:

It is good to see WCC in the Eastern Ward starting a conversation about transport issues in the ward.  Read the rest of this entry »

“Elephant in the room” in regards to the airport runway business case

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

16 October, 2015

Dear Editor:

The ‘airport runway case’ article on the front page of the Dom Post of Wednesday (14/10) mentions four items to be discussed in the business case which the airport will present to the Environment Court this month. But once again the airport leaves out the ‘elephant in the room’, namely that in the carbon constrained world of a sustainable future there will be a good bit less air travel than today. Read the rest of this entry »

Is the private motor car sacred?

The Editor,  The Wellingtonian,  Wellington

15 September, 2015

Dear Editor:

Stephen Tubbs (Wellingtonian, 10/09) makes a wonderfully subtle “kings new clothes” observation when he says, “When we debate congestion it seems to be a given that all the traffic needs to be there.” So often advocates of alternatives, such as public transport or cycling, are accused of suggesting the disappearance of the motorcar when they promote reductions in traffic.

It is true that the challenges of transport and the need for carbon emission reduction are profound, but what transport will look like in the future is not clear. What form will the personal motor car take?  Cycling and public transport advocates do not say categorically the motor car must go, so anyone who implies they do say so sounds a bit desperate. What are they afraid of?


Richard Keller

published 24 Sept.