behaviour change

Robin Kearns: Child-friendly city would let us ease up on cotton wool

Last week a driver – a parent herself – sadly missed seeing three children step out to cross the road. Their subsequent injuries were unquestionably tragic. I feel for them, their families and the driver. But an additional sadness is revealed by the comment by one of the police officers responding to the crash. They said it was “unacceptable” for young children to be walking to school without adult supervision. My question is: unacceptable to whom?

Posted in behaviour change and news & events and NZ policy issues and urban design on 19 February 2015 – 3:32 pm

City cycling demand analysis

Tom Pettit and Nadine Dodge, both with our Resilient Urban Futures research programme, have explored how people would like to cycle in Wellington City. Wellington City Council funded their report and will use this research in deciding how to develop a cycleway from Island Bay to the central city.

Posted in behaviour change and NZ policy issues and research and transport and urban design and urban governance on 15 September 2014 – 8:21 am

Kids in the city

NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities’ Karen Witten talks to Radio NZ’s Kathryn Ryan about the experiences of children in our inner cities and suburbs – their travel, physical activity and independent mobility in their neighbourhoods. She considers guidelines for child-friendly high density developments and how to make streets safer and easier for walkers and cyclists.

Posted in behaviour change and research and transport and urban design and video & audio on 19 August 2014 – 12:31 pm

Improving prepayment electricity schemes could benefit households

As power prices continue in an upward trend as reported in the latest NZ Consumer Price Index, a new study shows households looking to find ways to make savings could benefit from using prepayment metering.

Posted in behaviour change and energy and housing & building and NZ policy issues and research on 21 July 2014 – 3:18 pm

Seminar: Taking smokefree streets seriously

Come to a seminar with George Thomson on smokefree streets in our cities. Date: Friday 11 July 2014, Time: 12.30 to 1.30 pm, Place: Small Lecture Theatre, University of Otago Wellington, 23a Mein Street, Newtown

Posted in behaviour change and health and news & events and NZ policy issues and urban governance on 9 July 2014 – 9:50 am