There has been a surge of interest in the “10, 15 or-20-minute city” both worldwide and in Aotearoa New Zealand. This goal, which for generality, we refer to as the x-minute city is often part of a strategy to reduce emissions and achieve sustainable and healthy urban design by encouraging walking and cycling. However, currently missing from the rhetoric around these ‘cities of proximity’ is clear guidance on measuring progress towards the goal. We contrast measurement approaches and discuss important considerations for planners adopting the x-minute goal. To do this, we measure the proximity of the 500 largest cities in the USA and 43 urban areas of New Zealand. The University of Canterbury team's interactive tool to visualise and explore proximity within urban areas of Aotearoa can be found here.
Nick Reid (ViaStrada) and Becky Young (GHD) co-presented at the TG'23 Conference in Tauranga.