Yes we do need to start the journey to a more walkable future, for our health, the planet, the economy and just because walking is fun and social. There are some really fantastic projects internationally that we could take bits from and adapt to what we want in New Zealand - its all about what we want after all. That vision is required from the top nudged along by us. Some of the first steps have already been taken with footpath maintenance funding now available and a revised Government Policy Statement on Transport. We need to see that turned into action on our streets.
The Breakfast Show interviewed President Andy Smith about footpath obstacles and our solutions with the Green 'Cut back the Vegetation' and Yellow 'Dont Park on the Footpath' Flyers.
See the interview here.
Great Harbour Way Trustee and former Mayor Celia Wade-Brown is delighted the Government will be advancing the missing link in the Great Harbour Way.
“The Great Harbour Way, Te Aranui o Pōneke, is an amazing scenic opportunity for locals and tourists alike, for both recreation and commuting.” says Ms Celia Wade-Brown.
“Fixing the gap between Ngauranga and Petone will also seamlessly connect the capital to the Remutaka Trail. Both Hutt and Wellington City Councils are working on their parts, New Zealand Transport Agency must do their section.”
This is a great webinare with advice for the Media on talking about pedestrian deaths.
Victoria Walks has released the Footpath Cycling Discussion Paper
Victoria Walks, Council On The Ageing, Vision Australia and others strongly oppose any change to allow footpath cycling.
Hi Living Streets Aotearoa,
Here is a PDF of the Directions story on Pedestrian Safety we talked about a while back when you came to visit.
The readership of Directions has increased recently and the magazine now has a circulation of ABC Audit 643,522 and a readership of AC Neilson 907,000.
The magazine will be distributed to AA Member letterboxes from 4 July.
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Women and walking in New Zealand
New Zealand women love to walk. At least that is what the data shows. Walking is good for physical and mental health, for getting out as part of the community, and for our planet. However, in the last few months media stories have suggested the opposite. Walking (or wheel-chairing) is the usual way people get around and is part of every trip, so what’s going on?
Submit to Let’s Get Wellington Moving
Let's Get Wellington is a once in a long-time opportunity to improve transport in our city. Please make a submission with our helpful ideas below.
What LGWM are proposing and how it will affect walking
Talking, walking, seeing fall colours and catching up with friends and family - what's not to like about a visit to North America in September?
We started with the grand official opening of the Banff Commonwealth Walkway. It physically links several paths around this Rocky Mountain City. Virtually there is a link to other Commonwealth countries including our own capital where the markers were finished last year. I was moved by the indigenous welcome from Siksika Nation elder Tom Crane Bear.
New Zealand’s first national Walking Summit inspired pedestrian advocates, disability groups, sustainability experts and politicians to propose workable solutions to get New Zealanders walking. An outcome of the Summit was this four point plan to significantly improve the position of pedestrians and walking in New Zealand.
My name is Murray Darroch and since the beginning of the 21st century I have been living in Tawa, Wellington. During the period 1973-1989 I lived in Hataitai at 14 Hepara Street.
Wellington’s major transport initiative -
Progress report from the Let’s Get Wellington Moving project
Another step forward for the major Wellington transport project shows some interesting results for pedestrians but will it follow through?
New Zealand’s road toll is too high. On a per capita basis it is double that of the UK, and among the highest in the world - alongside Cambodia, Malaysia, Lithuania and Slovenia.
Download this report from Victoria Walks (Australia) on how we can improve roads to make pedestrians safer.
See section 4 for the list of solutions. These will help all road users.
We have recently released the report Benchmarking Cycling and Walking in Six New Zealand Cities. This report compares Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin for important inputs (e.g. funding, policies, infrastructure) and outputs (e.g. extent of walking and cycling, population health and safety) with regards to active transport. The report and supplementary material are available here: http://sustainablecities.org.nz/resilient-urban-futures/benchmarking/
The local government election voting papers have gone out and now it is up to us to use our powerful voice and vote for a more walking friendly place. Walking is the human mode of transport that is much more than just a way to get from one place to the other – and this is how it rates on candidate election platforms.
Meanwhile, this just in from the "New Zealand history and natural heritage" Facebook page.
Line down the centre of the footpath.
From 1923 until the 1970s there was a bylaw requiring pedestrians to keep left on the major throughfares of the inner city.
The footpaths were painted with lines to facilitate this until the bylaw wasabolished in the early 1970s.
The elimination of the bylaw was due to the dramatic drop in the number of pedestrians in the inner city becuase so many daytime shoppers were favouring suburban malls.
Submission writing is one of our most effective ways to influence policy decisions to benefit pedestrians - that is everyone - and is one of the most important ways of shaping your community.
There have been a few such reports circulating around the Tweet sphere which starts to make it seem like a real problem.
Streetsblog have done a good job on some arguments against it - one 'survey' was done that used spurious data.
The Tuesday lunchtime walks have begun in Wellington for 2016. Ably led by Ron Ross these popular and regular sessions ramble around different parts of Wellington, from Aro Valley to the Stadium. Designed to get you out for an hour or less so they fit into a lunchtime, the walks all start from the bottom of Plimmer Steps.
Regular activity is shown to be the most beneficial for health and this is a great free way to see more of Wellington and meet new people too.
Ron you rock - walking star.