GWRC is “proposing” new bus routes across the city. At first, I was thinking this really doesn’t affect me, since I ride a bike. A few times a year now I’ll take a bus. Then something caught my eye in the summary of proposed changes:
75% of people would be within a ten minute walk of the expanded network of core services compared to 58% at present
Does that potentially remove 15% of cars from the road? This does affect bicycling. Ugh… Now I have to read and understand it. Here’s the PDF, which is also available in hard-copy at most libraries. The same information is also available online, and there are some community sessions coming up.
So far, the only detailed analyses I’ve seen of the proposed changes are on Bus News:
- Consultants Report for Wellington’s PT Review Falls Short
- Now for a preliminary counter proposal to Wellington’s PT Review, How could it look instead?
- Digesting Wellington’s Proposed Bus Routes
There’s some Q&A on Stuff.
Although somewhat off topic, this is probably a good opportunity to remind GWRC about some elements of the public transport system that affect us:
- Bikes on buses
- [Better] Bicycle parking at bus-stops (especially if you live more than 5-10 minutes walk from the nearest bus stop! Or the nearest off-peak bus stop. Or the nearest bus stop with service more than once every 30-60 minutes.)
- “Bus only” lanes should allow bicycles, at least off-peak (excluding the rail station bus terminal)
- The “improvements” to Manners St still seem like a disaster
I’d also like to see a free loop around CBD, with [most] outlying services terminating at the loop. Transfers could be done from one end of the loop to the other. This would encourage people to not drive in CBD, and be a great local experiment (and foot in the door) for getting rid of the fare-box and moving towards 100% subsidized bus service. Don’t laugh, free buses have been proven PROFITABLE for cities around the world.
Submissions are due by Friday 16 March. Before I make my submission, I’d like to hear what y’all have to say. Thanks for sharing!