Sustainable Wellington Region Transport (better known as sustwelltrans – incidentally, you can follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/sustwelltrans) held its first meeting since the 2010 local body elections this week. I think it’s fair to say that the overall picture around the region is looking brighter for sustainable transport than it did before the elections.
While the most obvious – and welcome – change is the election of cycling, walking and light rail advocate Celia Wade-Brown as Mayor of Wellington, other changes in the region’s councils also look positive for sustainable transport. Notably, Hutt City’s new mayor, and some newly-elected councillors, look likely to be more committed to sustainable transport than the previous mayor and council.
Sustwelltrans is keen to work with both successful and unsuccessful candidates who have shown a commitment to, or at least an interest in, sustainable transport in the region. Though the elections may be over, candidates’ responses to our transport questionnaire are a valuable resource that we intend to make good use of.
The 2010 local body elections have opened up some exciting possibilities for sustainable transport in the region. Now we need to turn those possibilities into realities.