Freshly minted Northern Ward candidate Jacob Toner wants to foster resilient communities to make sure Wellington is ready for many risks it faces by introducing Hutt Valley inspired ‘Hitching Posts’ around the city.
What is a hitching post. Toner is quoted:
Following the evacuation of most inner-city buildings there was a large congestion of people keen to get back to their homes. I was working in the CBD when the quake struck and witnessed firsthand the chaos at the train station. With commuter trains stopped for track inspections thousands of Wellingtonians were left without a way to get home.
Thoughtful motorists pulled into the station and offered others lifts, filling up empty seats in cars. This was Wellington at its finest – people banding together to support each other.
An easy way to support people helping each other in these times is to make it easy to co-ordinate with others going the same way. ‘Hitching Posts’ have been used in the Hutt Valley since 2006 to provide a marking point for people looking for a lift, and would work well at the train station too.
‘Hitching Posts’ would display a popular destination such as Johnsonville or Tawa, and people queue at the sign. Someone with space in their car can easily identify who they can carpool with. This would have significantly eased the chaos at the train station, and had the added benefit of helping to build connections between neighbours.
That’s a great idea. Having a location for each destination makes it so much easier for hitcher and driver.
WCC Watch concludes:
This isn’t the biggest or particularly revolutionary idea out there, but it’s good to see candidates bringing them forward.
That’s what we want – people with some fresh ideas.