The beginning

Note: this post was written somewhat later than May 1st, 2008. However, it’s probably worthwhile having an obvious first post for the blog so that it makes a bit more sense.

Since 2001 I have had an online blog of some sort, generally just a personal blog but also over time commenting on various other matters that interested me. In 2008 my personal blog began to morph into talking more and more about transport – probably somewhat a result of the trip to Europe I took in 2008, but also probably a result of my job as a planner.

As a planner, my obvious ambition was always to try and make Auckland a nicer city to live, work and play in. One would hope that all planners have this goal – otherwise they probably should be doing something else. As I got to know and understand how Auckland works, what makes the city really tick and what seems to influence its urban outcomes more than anything else, I began to realise how utterly critical it is to get the transport right. I was also strongly influenced by watching these “City of Cars” videos on Youtube:

This blog is my attempt at trying to make Auckland a better city through ensuring our transport system works for the benefit of the city and its inhabitants, rather than working against their best interests as has happened so often in the past.