Space is Money: The economic case for walkable settlements in NZ

Tue a.m. early

Speaker Profile

Julie is a transportation planner with McCormick Rankin Cagney consultants.  She is passionate about sustainable transport and sees an extraordinary opportunity to achieve better economic outcomes and more liveable cities with innovative approaches to defining and solving transportation problems.

Her professional experience has centred on ground breaking research into rectifying transportation market distortions; including new methods of economic evaluation of transport and urban design, and strategic approaches to parking management.  

Julie has also authored a chapter on strategic policy methods of reducing carbon emissions from transport in the book "Carbon Neutral by 2020: How New Zealanders can tackle climate change".  She has presented at numerous conferences and workshops on both parking reform and the economics of car dependence, and has been interviewed on national radio and television. 

McCormick Rankin Cagney have recently (in conjunction with Tim Hazledine of the Department of Economics at the University of Auckland Business School) undertaken a number of research projects that look at the economic impacts of active transport, urban design and urban form.  The results of this research suggest that our traditional methods of evaluating the costs and benefits of transport are not capturing the true impact on our towns and cities, and that communities that foster walking and cycling stand to benefit significantly from their investment.  

Julie will report on the New Zealand specific findings, including the results of property values modelling in the Auckland Region, that demonstrate the incredible economic potential of taking a new approach to transport infrastructure.

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Living Streets Aotearoa is the New Zealand organisation for people on foot, promoting walking-friendly communities. We are a nationwide organisation with local branches and affiliates throughout New Zealand.

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