Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Wellington leading the way with commitment to car sharing

5 May 2017

Wellington leading the way with commitment to car sharing

Electric car share company Mevo will open its second waterfront car share pod next week (Tuesday 9 May). The move is indicative of Wellington City Council’s strong commitment to car share, says Councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman, the Council’s Portfolio Lead for Transport Strategy and Operations.

The new pod is on Queens Wharf adjacent to the New Zealand Portrait Gallery. The other waterfront location is on Herd Street.

“Wellington is in a dynamic phase,” says Cr Calvi-Freeman. “Our substantive support for a number of car share providers and our introduction of fast and medium electric vehicle charging means a more liveable central city with a more sustainable transport system. With private partners in EV-charging and car sharing hammering down the door to get involved, we are spoilt for choice. It’s very satisfying to reach a stage where we’re consulting on 37 parking bays dedicated to EV charging and car sharing across the city.

“With 21 of these parking bays going to Mevo, it goes without saying that we support their success. Mevo is proposing to put down 10 times as many on-street car sharing vehicles as we currently have in Wellington – providing a key opportunity for the Council to understand the car sharing market.”

As part of the Low Carbon Capital Plan, the Council committed to offering 100 car parks across the city – 30 in the CBD and 70 in the suburbs – over the next three years. “In actual fact we’re looking at allocating all 30 of the CBD carparks we designated in the first year, after which we will pause to see how successful these initiatives are,” says Cr Calvi-Freeman.



“We’re offering the growing residential population of the CBD more and better options and moving towards a more sustainable transport system overall. Nationwide, Wellington is leading the way.”

According to research, many privately-owned vehicles sit idle about 95 percent of the time. International evidence suggests that each car share vehicle takes between 10 and 20 cars off the road – leaving more space for parking and, in saving money on ownership costs, leaving more disposable income for retail spending.

The Council has been supporting car sharing since 2008, when Cityhop entered Wellington. Cityhop is also proposing three more on-street spaces in this round of traffic resolutions.

Meanwhile, consultation on 37 spaces to be used for car sharing and EV charging around the city closes today (Friday 5 May). The spaces comprise:

• 24 parking spots for car sharing

• 10 parking spots for medium speed EV chargers

• 3 parking spots for fast EV charging

http://wellington.govt.nz/have-your-say/public-inputs/consultations/open/traffic-resolutions---electric-vehicle-charging-and-car-sharing


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Mosque Attack: No Mention Of Right-Wing Threat In 10 Years Of GCSB/SIS Docs


Jane Patterson for RNZ: There is not one specific mention of the threat posed by white supremacists or right-wing nationalism in 10 years of public documents from the Security Intelligence Service or the GCSB. More>>

Two Minute Silence Friday: Auckland Mosques Opening Their Doors To All
Mosques in the four corners of Auckland will open their doors on Friday night for people of all faiths to gather in remembrance of the 50 lives lost in the Christchurch shootings. More>>

Parliament's Condolences: PM's Statement On Christchurch Mosques Terror Attack
Al salam Alaikum. Peace be upon you. And peace be upon all of us.
Mr Speaker the 15th of March will now forever be a day etched in our collective memories... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Government Shouldn't Run The Christchurch Massacre Inquiry
At Cabinet yesterday, the promised changes to our gun laws cleared their first hurdle. According to PM Jacinda Ardern, Cabinet agreed collectively “in principle” on a set of proposals to change New Zealand’s gun laws... Yesterday, Ardern also announced an inquiry into the background to the mosque attacks and into the role played by the SIS, GCSB, Police, Customs, and Immigration. More>>

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK
For the Latest: Scoop Search - Christchurch
 

Gordon Campbell: On The School Climate Strike

Locally, the school strike has won a ton of support for bringing climate change to the fore. Yet the strikers don't want mere expressions of support. They want action. More>>

ALSO:

"Grabbed And Struck In The Face": Greens Co-Leader Attacked While Walking To Work

Green Party co-leader James Shaw was the victim of an unprovoked attack when he was walking to work in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

████████ ████ ███: Latest OIA Statistics Released

The latest statistics cover 110 agencies that collectively completed 18,106 official information requests between July and December 2018, a 16.4% increase on the 15,551 requests for the previous six months. More>>

ALSO:

'Hit And Run' Inquiry: New Legal Action Over Secrecy

The lawyer representing the Afghan villagers in the inquiry into Operation Burnham has launched legal proceedings calling for a judicial review in the investigation. More>>

ALSO:

From Hydro Plan To...: Mokihinui River Land To Join Kahurangi National Park

A total of 64,400 hectares of conservation land in the Mokihinui River catchment on the West Coast north of Westport, including 15 km of riverbed, is being added to Kahurangi National Park. “Adding this area, roughly half the size of Auckland City, to Kahurangi is the largest addition of land to an existing national park in New Zealand’s history,” Eugenie Sage said. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels