Copenhagen Diary #3

Copenhagen has a public  transport system to die for.

With a population similar  to greater Auckland, although covering much less space, it has a new (2002) metro that is very  fast and I’ve never had to wait more than 4 minutes even though I’m near the end of the line. It is comfortable, quiet, clean and people use it  to capacity. It doesn’t cover the whole city, but does of course go to the airport and connects well with the older surface train system  and the buses.  Changing lines is no trouble.  Denmark has  excelled in planning for the visitors –  electronic signs that tell you  how long to the next train also tell you which one delegates to COP 15 should take.

And the whole system is free to delegates which saves the hassle of working out what ticket to buy and how to buy it.

There are cycle lanes along all the roads, between road and footpath. Not a good place to  stand and get your bearings – there are so many cyclists using them you’d be knocked down in 30 seconds.

It all seems so sensible and straight forward – why is it so desperately hard to get decent transport systems in NZ?

Oh, I forgot – motorways are so much more important.

5 thoughts on “Copenhagen Diary #3

  1. why is it so desperately hard to get decent transport systems in NZ?

    Unfortunatley NZ is very much a transport backwater, I suspect it might be at least a decade before we see anything as impressive as that in Denmark on a significant scale.

    In the meantime its good to get out and see the world and dream, perhaps even to leave for a while and contribute to the flow of the river, where the ideas and innovation flow free, and it is the stagnant minds that are marginal.

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  2. Perhaps the greens could start by having a discussion with the Danish treasury and see how all that gild edged transport infastructure is funded.

    While this

    http://www.nationalbanken.dk/C1256BE9004F6416/side/Danish_Government_Borrowing_and_Debt_2006/$file/slog_uk_06_web.pdf

    is from 2006 it does show that Denmark is a first world country.

    When we look at the New Zealand treasury figures it is quite plain, New Zealand is a third world country.

    So yes dream, but while dreaming have a look at where the 1 billion per month NZL is borrowing is being spent.

    And where the cashflow will come from the service the debt PLUS raise capital for a first world transport infastructure.

    Looking forward to the Greens coming back from Denmark with the figures and costings on how a Danish transport model will fit into a New Zealand budget.

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  3. Perhaps the greens could start by having a discussion with the Danish treasury and see how all that gild edged transport infastructure is funded.

    While this

    http://www.nationalbanken.dk/C1256BE9004F6416/side/Danish_Government_Borrowing_and_Debt_2006/$file/slog_uk_06_web.pdf

    is from 2006 it does show that Denmark is a first world country.

    When we look at the New Zealand treasury figures it is quite plain, New Zealand is a third world country.

    So yes dream, but while dreaming have a look at where the 1 billion per month NZL is borrowing is being spent.

    And where the cashflow will come from the service the debt PLUS raise capital for a first world transport infastructure.

    Looking forward to the Greens coming back from Denmark with the figures and costings on how a Danish transport model will fit into a New Zealand budget.

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  4. Maybe Denmark saved money by not worshipping the motor car and the petrol companies that supply them?

    Perhaps they organsied their urban land, not around car parks and roads but foot traffic, cycle lanes and public transport?

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  5. Thank you for pointing this out Jeanette. In 1991 I went to study transport systems in 14 major US cities, on behalf of an Oz govt dept.
    Never mind the US – NZ is not even close to OZ in terms of effective affordable Public Transport.
    Does Waitangi allow me to apply thru the Maori Party for an effective system?

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