Thank you to everyone who voted in our ideas competition poll. Overall I noted that there were a few particularly strong themes that came through:
- Improving the speed of buses – this came through from both bus priority on the street and improving the boarding process to reduce dwell times. I would suggest that for quick wins to improve public transport patronage, some of these ideas should be high on the priority list.
- Improving walking and cycling – this is primarily though changes that give pedestrians and/or cyclists greater priority and/or safety at intersections.
- Improved information – whether through mobile applications or on stations/stops directly there was a lot of desire to make it easier for the public to get information about public transport
There was a fantastic response with almost 300 votes with the top three voted ideas happening to represent those three strong themes. Here are the results.
As you can see the two ideas voted for the most were to open up the real time data to third party developers which would allow for them to incorporate the data into the likes of smartphone apps. I imagine a dedicated developer could even use the data to address some of the other ideas requested, like using it to work out where buses are being held up. There were at least three different people who suggested this idea (and all within 20 minutes) so in the interest of fairness, I’ve awarded the prize to the first person to suggest it which was iiq374 with the other two who suggested it being Dave L and Steve D.
The second placed idea was to extend the bus clearways in the evening peak so that buses weren’t held up. The original idea suggested extending it only by ½ hour however I dropped that part for the competition. Personally I think extending the bus lanes and clearways (two different things) is perhaps one of the quickest and cheapest things we could do to improve the speed of buses in the evenings. However the idea came from our very own Kent Lundberg and so we have agreed in fairness to pass the prize on to the third placed person.
The third placed prize was for Auckland Transport to put some focus into fully completing a safe cycleway network in one single suburb – which I’m guessing the person meant as a demonstration project. I think the idea has a lot of merit. Currently the roll-out of the cycle network seems very piecemeal with every single project going through extensive consultation. I imagine that for most suburbs there could be quite a number of projects needed to complete a safe cycling network. By having a focus on a single suburb AT could combine many of the projects and community discussions in to a single process while also having the benefit of being able to access the success of the idea because all parts to the puzzle will have been slotted in to place. It was also suggested that the suburb selected could be picked by a competition. The idea came from Bryce P.
To iiq374 and Bryce I will be in touch to work out how to get the prize to you.
In addition to the poll result there were another couple of great ideas which will be added to the list to pass on to Auckland Transport.
To everyone thank for participating and hopefully it is something we will be able to do again on a fairly regular basis as it’s clear there are lots of ideas out there.