What is new?
Walk2Work Day on 14 March is our first event this year. We are hosting two walks
1 Leaving at 8am from the northern gate at the Basin Reserve, look for the sign - join a walk along the Canal Reserve (as much as possible) taking in the interesting sights, look at the uses of this public space, and how we can use and improve it - lots to see but we expect the walk will take about half an hour. On the flat and should be accessible to all. More information contact Ellen 021 106 7139
2 Leaving at 12 midday from VUW Salamanca Road, under the walkway look for the sign - join a walk down Mount St, Flagstaff Hill to Perretts Corner on Willis Street with Chris. Lots to see along this heritage walk. Its all downhill but steep with steps.
Want to lead your own walk? Let us know so we can publicise it wellington[a]livingstreets.org.nz
2017 has been a busy time for us at Living Streets Wellington group with our involvement in many initiatives some of which are reported here. We attended the public places bylaw workshop early in the year (the bylaw is important for regulating what can be done in public spaces like footpaths), we participated with a guided walk on Walk2Work Day, and Paula Warren created a Park(ing) Day site, we participated in the Walk and Cycle the Hutt advisory group, and the Upper Hutt Have a Go Day, we attended the Wellington Safe and Sustainable Transport Forum meetings, the Regional Land Transport Plan review, and made many submissions and presented many time to Council about them.
Living Streets has been actively involved in the cycleways work programme in Wellington - from one meeting on the CBD area, to many meetings about Oriental Bay, Thorndon Quay and Eastern suburbs. It is important that the walking voice is heard to protect our valuable pedestrian spaces, footpaths! Surprisingly many folk think footpaths are safe to cycle on despite the evidence to the contrary and so see this space as available for bikes. We would like to see some NZ independent research on the impact of vehicles on footpaths for pedestrians.
The Our City Tomorrow programme is looking out 30 years to identify issues for Wellington that need to be addressed, including a significant increase in population and where they might live, and of course how they will move around - by foot of course! This has strong links to the high-profile Let's Get Wellington Moving joint project of WCC, Greater Wellington and the NZTA. I hope you managed to get your submissions in to ask for walkable design. The LGWM decisions will determine whether we see some priority for walking and public transport or more road building for Wellington. You can see what we submitted on that here.
A highlight of our year was being part of the first ever New Zealand Walking Summit held in Wellington on 28 July. Our four point plan evolved from the Summit and gives us a good direction to pursue with the new government. We want 1% of the National Land Transport Fund for pedestrians and walking, we want the New Zealand Pedestrian Planning and Design Guide and RTS 14 for blind and vision impaired to be turned into standards that must be followed, we want slower 30 km hour speeds around all schools and retail centres, and we want a focus put on walking to school with a target to reverse the decline.
As mentioned above we have been busy on the submission front - check out all our submissions on the link below. Traffic resolutions are a means to make small changes that can benefit walking (at times) however we have concerns about the quality of information provided to decision-makers, and the lack of assessment of effects on pedestrians. The latest lot of traffic resolutions propose a number of changes to allow for more cycle facilities - however we still do not have an overall cycle network (which we support) so it is hard to see how they all fit together, and not all of the resolutions have been well thought out, some will adversely impact pedestrians. We will be talking to this submission on 14 September at the WCC meeting - come along and support us.
Check here in 2018 for the timetable of walks run by this popular group - try one out on Tuesdays. See links on bottom of the page for Walking Groups
Meetings and events
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 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. The Golden Foot Walking Awards are coming up in Wellington in 2018.
Some of our 2017 submissions have been on the various Councils annual plans, WHO Global Action Plan on Physical Activity and a low emission economy.
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- Wellington Walkers Groups
- Tuesday Lunchtime Civic Walks Meet at 12.30pm for free walks from CBD and back. See the 2016 programme
- Lunchtime Walks choose your own walk
- Walk Wellington guided walking tours (messages can be left on (04) 473 3145)
- Shortcuts to Victoria University