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27 Nov 2008
Good news for walkers and cyclists in Blenheim according to the Marlborough Express
Cyclists could soon be wheeling themselves along the first part of a planned bike path between Blenheim and Spring Creek after the Marlborough District Council signed off funding for the work.Bike Walk Marlborough and Marlborough Roads have been working together towards the establishment of a sealed 4.5km path for cyclistsand walkers between Blenheim and Spring Creek as part of the council's walking and cycling strategy. T
12 Nov 2008
A recent Nelson Mail has an opinion piece by Councillor Mike Cotton. While acknowledging the need to encourage bus usage, cycling and walking, he goes on to expound why the Regional Land Transport Strategy neneds to be reviewed.
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11 Nov 2008
The Hutt News reports on the upcoming hearings that the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) is preparing to hold on its Regional Cycling Plan.
It goes on to comment that

Last month Cr Bruce succeeded in getting GWRC's Transport and Access committee to adopt an amendment to the Ngauranga to Airport Plan and Regional Walking Plan, supporting the concept of the harbour path. But the motion gives support for the concept only, without effect. Wellington City Council has already said it supports the idea.


The hearings will be held .....
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23 Oct 2008
In October 2008, California's Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law SB375, to limit the state’s CO2 emissions by curbing suburban sprawl and increasing transit-based development through various incentives.  In this article, Charles Lockwood explains how it works.
If a community plans walkable, mixed-use, transit-oriented growth that reduces automobile use and greenhouse gas emissions, for example, it gets moved to the front of the line for state and federal transportation funds.  If a proposed building is loc
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16 Oct 2008
A new development in the car-oriented seaside sprawl of Papamoa is aiming to move away from post-World War II suburban sprawl and return to village living.
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16 Oct 2008
The Great Harbour Way project aims to promote a Walkway and Cycleway around Te Whanganui-a-tara, the harbour of Wellington, New Zealand. The aim is that there will be a continuous, safe, signposted walkway and cycleway around the whole perimeter - from Fitzroy Bay in the west to Sinclair Head in the east. Few, if any, opportunities exist elsewhere in the world to safely walk or cycle the entire coastline of a major city harbour, continually touching the water’s edge.
16 Oct 2008
The latest ShapeNZ poll found 49% of respondents walked rather than used their car "in the past year to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help manage climate change". The survey didn't attempt to tease out who had done it for these noble reasons rather than trying to limit the haemorrhaging in their wallet resulting from petrol price rises, but at least it asked.
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16 Oct 2008
The Foundation of the Blind used International White Cane Day to call for stricter by-laws on footpaths especially in the face of increasing obstacles in the form of billboards and al fresco dining. (Source: TVNZ) The Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind is calling for footpaths to be left clear for 1.8 to 2.0 metres clear access from the building line out towards the edge of the footpath.
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16 Oct 2008
The newly established Walking Access Commission Board has an interesting challenge ahead of it. The board was appointed on Monday by Rural Affairs Minister Damien O’Connor and was created under the Walking Access Act 2008.
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16 Oct 2008
The draft Regional Land Transport Strategy for Nelson city is being debated with public meetings on Monday October 20 at the Trafalgar Pavilion, Trafalgar Park at 6pm and Tuesday, October 28 at 1pm at the Stoke Memorial Hall. Regional transport committee chairman Cr Derek Shaw said the meetings were an opportunity for people to hear what was proposed, the reasons for it and to ask any questions. The main focus of the draft strategy is to offer more transport choices, walking and cycling options