The cityhop concept is an innovative solution to some of the transport challenges we face, said the Minister for Transport Safety, Hon Harry Duynhaven.
At the launch of Cityhop Wellington on July 24, the Minister also said, “Not only is the concept innovative, it also fulfils many of this Government’s aspirations. Through investment and education the Government is committed to developing world class transport networks, promoting the use of public transport and cutting greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector.
“By reducing the need for individual car ownership, Cityhop allows the public a convenient alternative to using their own car, which helps reduce congestion and speed up traffic flow, benefitting both fuel economy and air quality.
“It is appropriate that Cityhop should choose Wellington as its second launch site – since the city has a proven track record in travel behaviour change, with some of the highest public transport use in the country.
”By encouraging the uptake of public transport on a regular basis, innovations like Cityhop reduce the need for vehicle ownership and contribute to the Government’s goals for combating climate change.
“Climate change is one of the most important global issues facing us. It affects us all and our way of life. Taking action against it is not only the right thing to do; it is also the smart thing to do. Sustainability is a key competitive advantage. To protect our markets and our nation’s reputation, we need to act pre-emptively. Two key transport targets of the Government are to reduce per capital emissions from the transport sector by half by 2040 and the second is to be one of the first nations to widely introduce electric vehicles. With innovation, dedication and hard work I believe we can achieve them,” said the Minister.
He ended the launch of Cityhop congratulating the Cityhop team for the forethought in bringing the concept to New Zealand.
“I look forward to seeing cityhop cars replace privately owned cars on the streets of Auckland and Wellington in the coming year,” concluded the Hon Harry Duynhaven, Minister for Transport Safety.