A vision for transport in Dunedin is set out in Dunedin’s Spatial Plan. In summary:
Dunedin is a liveable city, with a strong network of accessible and connected communities designed to promote psychological and physical wellbeing, safe and pleasant public spaces, and enhanced Harbour access. Sustainable transport plays a key role in making Dunedin a sustainable and resilient city, and the transport system supports a prosperous and diverse economy through connecting people and businesses to local and export markets, clients, and employment, as well as enabling people to connect in person for business collaboration.
The transport network, particularly city streets, is part of a network of high-quality and high-amenity public spaces that help ensure Dunedin is memorable and distinctive. In the central city and other centres, a high-quality pedestrian experience is part of the vitality and excitement Dunedin offers. Strong and attractive pedestrian and cycle routes connecting the centres, the tertiary area, shopping areas, entertainment, visitor accommodation, arts and culture experiences, recreational opportunities and the harbour all contribute to Dunedin’s vibrancy and excitement.
Safe, pleasant walking and cycling routes linking residential areas to centres, and centres to the central city, make Dunedin an accessible and connected city. Traffic is slowed within centres to improve safety and amenity. An affordable, accessible, reliable, pleasant and well utilised public transport system also connects people to these centres and other important facilities. Dunedin has also maintained its compact urban form and avoids unnecessary expansion by maximising our existing infrastructure capacity.
Dunedin is an important hub in an efficient freight network based around Port Otago and Dunedin International Airport, with strong air and rail links to the rest of the country. A large proportion of the freight through Dunedin is transported by rail. Key freight routes are maintained to an appropriate standard both for efficiency and safety.
The Social Wellbeing Strategy includes the Strategic Direction “Connected People”, under which sits the priority that:
“Dunedin people are connected to the places they need to go by safe, affordable and user-friendly transport options: Physical connectivity is a key element of social connectedness. People need good access to essential services such as education, healthcare, workplaces and retail outlets such as supermarkets. This access can be enhanced through ensuring a range of affordable and safe transport options are available to all residents.”
Dunedin is one of the world’s great small cities, with a safe low-carbon transport system that supports a compact city with resilient centres, inclusive and healthy communities, and national and international connectivity.
This vision for Dunedin’s transport system will mean:
- Safe and socially inclusive access to services, employment, education and recreational opportunities is available to all residents and visitors.
- PPublic transport and active modes are popular, well-utilised and safe.
- Centres and the streets within them are vibrant and healthy social spaces, designed as people-friendly places.
- Goods and people move in an effective and sustainable way that supports the safety, amenity and prosperity of the city and the wider Otago region.
- The challenges of volatile fuel costs and climate change are addressed proactively, boldly and creatively, securing Dunedin as a resilient and attractive place to live, visit and do business.
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