“The role and potential of women in sustainable urban mobility”

It is difficult to understand what this is about let alone what benefits may come of it.

Julie Anne Genter: Minister to speak on women and transport at international events

Minister Genter will give the keynote address at the Women Mobilise Women conference, organised by the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative. The initiative aims to generate a debate on the role and potential of women in sustainable urban mobility.

“This is the first conference to empower women in transport and I am excited to be addressing this event focused on implementing sustainable mobility solutions on the ground by women, for women,” Ms Genter said.

I guess Genter will explain to the conference what she means, or maybe attendees already understand this sort of language.

I don’t know why women need to look separately at sustainable mobility solutions in urban areas. Separate women’s carriiges, buses or cycle lanes?

Genter will then go to something that looks more understandable and worthwhile:

The Minister will then join Ministers and government officials from around the world at the 2018 International Transport Forum Summit (ITF). This year’s theme is transport safety and security.

Minister Genter will participate in sessions addressing climate change and transport, ensuring long-term resilience of transport infrastructure funding, and how to increase safety on city streets.

Following the ITF Summit, Minister Genter will travel to Denmark and Sweden to meet with officials and experts on transport safety, particularly to discuss their implementation of ‘Vision Zero’ which aims to achieve a transport system with no fatalities or serious injuries.

“Sweden is one of the safest countries in the world having cut its road death rate by investing in safety infrastructure and setting safer speed limits. Earlier this year I announced that the Government will investigate adopting Sweden’s ‘Vision Zero’ approach to road safety in New Zealand. I am looking forward to learning from their experience while I am there,” Ms Genter said.

It is good to look at successful road safety initiatives elsewhere in the world.

I hope Genter learns a more realistic approach than “aims to achieve a transport system with no fatalities or serious injuries”. Goals are best when they look achievable.

I think a better goal would be to halve deaths and injuries in x number of years. If successful that can be repeated to slash the road toll, but it can realistically never reach zero.

And a focus on men might make sense where road safety is concerned, given they are generally more dangerous on the roads.


  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  May 22, 2018

    Men have fewer accidents per km driven than women.

    • Gezza

       /  May 22, 2018

      In New Zealand? Possibly dinging theirs or other people’s cars in the supermarket car park, but then if petite little mums will insist on jumping up into SUV tanks they got to pick the kids up from school 5 minutes walk away from home you’ve probably got to expect that.

      My neighbour was at his wits end just before Xmas last year because his Mrs had racked up $13,000 in insurance claims in a year constantly destroying bits of two of their three cars. She still only had her learner’s licence, wasn’t interested in going for her full one, he said. She’s mainland Chinese. Dunno if that explains anything though.

      Don’t think sheilas are killing as many of themselves or other people on our roads as blokes are, Al.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  May 22, 2018

        Simply men drive more, G, but have better spatial judgement.

        • Gezza

           /  May 22, 2018

          Yeah. His missus was damn cute, 44 going on 16, but she is pretty spaceial tbh.

    • Grimm

       /  May 22, 2018

      The carnage (fatalities) comes mostly from what are considered to be “high risk drivers”. Repeat drink drivers, unlicensed driver’s etc. Most (80-90%) of them are men.

      So Genters strategy for dealing with the the road toll is to go to a buzzword conference, with a bunch of chicks who don’t cause the accidents in the first place.

      If the word “sustainable” appears anywhere, the rest will always be nonsense.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  May 22, 2018

        I am surprised that Ms Genter hasn’t changer her gender-specific name to Personer.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  May 22, 2018

          I can’t find NZ stats on men/women in crashes. But I was amazed to see that the US has nearly twice the number of fatalities per whatever the number is as we have,

  2. alloytoo

     /  May 22, 2018

    What are the stats on men having accidents while being distracted by women?

  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  May 22, 2018

    She is making herself and the Greens look ridiculous.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  May 22, 2018

      The silly moo hasn’t noticed how many women mayors there are, and have been for a long time. Or that there are women on councils and community boards….

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