New group for NZ

A new group has been formed in Wellington to get the city thinking about alternatives to cars

A new advocacy group – Fair, Intelligent Transport (FIT) Wellington – has been established in Wellington, New Zealand.

The group’s goal is to promote a vision of a modern city designed around the needs of people, not
cars and seek reallocation of funds currently budgeted for these roads to investment in improved public transport, walking, and cycling facilities.

FIT Wellington already has the support of 20 organisations and over 100 individuals, and aims to take its message citywide, forging alliances with many more like-minded groups and individuals.

Convenor Michael Barnett says FIT Wellington will actively oppose the plans by NZ Transport Agency, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Wellington City Council to build more motorways and road tunnels in the city at a cost of over one billion dollars and to abandon electric trolley buses and possible light rail systems.

"We will be stimulating a positive vision for the city that focuses on urban renewal and regeneration facilitated by clean, efficient, state-of-the-art transport systems," he says.

"At the moment well over 90 per cent of funding is allocated for roads. This is ludicrous.

"We will seek to have this money spent more wisely and fairly on emission-free electric public transport, enhanced pedestrianisation, and a safe walking and cycling network, all of which have the added benefit of lowering carbon emissions and improving climate and health."

During the next 12 months FIT Wellington plans to submit to the Regional Transport Planning Committee, which is in the process of cementing in decisions for its long-term transport objectives, hold workshops and seminars and host a public forum with internationally renowned guest speakers.

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