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Gil Penalosa in Wellington on Tuesday 5 July 2016 12.30

Join us for an inspirational talk on 'Walkability for an ageing population' at the Adam Auditorium, City Art Gallery supported by Wellington City Council and the Centre for Sustainable Cities.  Gil Penalosa, is Chair of 8-80 Cities, and Bogota city maker among many other achievements. He will be in Wellington on Tuesday 5 July 2016 as part of a New Zealand tour associated with the 2WalkandCycle Conference.

Tuesday lunchtime walks

These pages have been updated for 2016 walks - try one out on Tuesdays.

Walk2Work Day 9 March 2016

We had fun celebrating walking again on Walk2Work Day. We decided to try something new this year and met at Masons Lane between the Terrace and Lambton Quay for a couple of hours. This newly refurbished lane is one of several the WCC has been upgrading. Hundreds of Wellingtonians walked these steps and shared some thoughts with us which we passed on to our Mayor Celia

From The Streets of my City,  Irvine-Smith, F. Published by A.H. & A.W. Reed, 1948, page 180: “The first such opening is Mason’s Steps (sic), originally a track up the cliff to the (sic) Terrace over a section owned by W. Mason, who on its south corner set up one of the first smithies of the settlement. Curiously enough, the occupant of the north corner, a draper, was also W. Mason. They were both early pioneers”.

    Half way down the steps before the upgrade

Meetings and events

Next event - Gil Penalosa talk on 5 July

Want to get more involved in walking and advocating for our slice of the transport pie in Wellington? Living Streets Wellington hold a meeting every month with our next one on 7 June 2016. Contact wellington(a)livingstreets.org.nz for more details and to come along - all members welcome.

We look forward to seeing you at a future event.

What's been happening:

Living Streets in association with the WCC Accessibility Group undertook a Community Street Review of the Wellington Railway Station, our premier public transport node. This should be accessible for all and easy to find your way around - this wasn't quite what we found. Work is underway with WCC to find some solutions - watch this space . . . The report is available here.

Spring Clean the Steps from Grafton Road to Maidavale Road in Roseneath happened on a brilliantly fine Sunday 27 September. The longest set of pedestrian steps in Wellington got a spring spruce up. Catch bus no 14 to the Crescent stop to take one step for every day of the year  down to Balaena Bay - a favourite Wellington beach in summer.

Before       and after 

Living Streets applauds the High Court decision to support the Board of Inquiry decision declining the Basin Reserve flyover proposal. The footpaths around the Basin have been saved for pedestrians only, including the many school children who are daily visitors in this area. Now to address the real transport issues in Wellington and get a better, clean-air public transport system well connected with pedestrians that we can all be proud of. 

Living Streets is very enthusiastic about our new green woman crossing signs - Kate Sheppherd, our most famous New Zealand suffragette, is now remembered everytime we cross many of our Wellington streets. Check this out

The 'Walking at Night' event was a great success with over 40 people taking to the Allenby Terrace steps to review the route with a crime prevention through environmental design lense. This highlighted a number of improvements that could make these steps a nicer place at night (and through the day too). We hope to follow up this walkshop with some practical action - watch this space for more.

Living Streets Wellington held a series of meetings and events throughout 2013, 2012 and 2011, they are timed and designed to allow us to address topical issues. We have looked at pedestrian accidents on footpaths and footpath design guidelines; designing liveable spaces that foster community resilience; and, the impact of parking on space allocation and its implications for pedestrians. If you want to know more about these meetings contact wellington(at)livingstreets.org.nz.

The Living Streets Community Street Review of the Dowse Art Gallery to Epuni Station in Lower Hutt highlighted this great walking route and a number of improvements that can be made along the way. If you are interested in learning how to do community street reviews please contact wellington[a]livingstreets.org.nz

Recent submissions

Click on Submissions at the bottom of this page to read our submissions.

Some of our latest submissions have been on the Wellington annual plan, transport research strategy, and the VDAM rule.


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