The transport sector accounts for almost a quarter of our total climate emissions, and more than half of these come from private vehicles. New Zealand has committed to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, but this won’t happen without a substantial reduction in private vehicle use. We’ve also committed to zero deaths on the road yet the more we drive, the more we crash – we simply won’t achieve our goal without reducing the number of trips taken by car.
Aotearoa needs low-traffic neighbourhoods and cities to reduce emissions, improve road safety, and to create the connected urban communities we need in a post-pandemic future. This report makes detailed recommendations about how to achieve this.
The Shared Path is the second report in the Post Pandemic Futures series, aimed at stimulating new ideas, new policies and new ways of doing things in a post-COVID-19 Aotearoa.