29 Mar 2012

When streets are dead-end for cars but are open for pedestrians as well as cyclists we label them living-end-streets.

See this conversion


18 Jul 2011

I can't believe how useful this iPhone application is.  Anywhere in NZ I can take a photo of the street problem (car on path, overhanging trees), write a description the phone uses GPS to tell where I am.  Press REPORT and it will send it to the council in charge of that area.  And it works well.

A must use for any walking advocate

4 Jul 2011

GetAcross is a campaign that has been lobbying and advocating for cyclists and walkers to get across the Auckland Harbour Bridge. LSA have been involved in supporting Getacross since its beginning.  Its is a great project and will transform the way people use the bridge and connect our communities.  Most importantly it will give a transport choice in these uncertain times.

20 Apr 2010

Car sick

By Lynn Sloman

Green books ltd, UK, 2006

This book is pretty in depth so would be best for someone with some experience in pedestrian and transport related issues. If you live in Christchurch it is available from the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology library.

The book covers the following subjects:

4 Mar 2010

Transport Minister Steven Joyce has launched the Safer Journeys strategy.

Living Streets issued a media release supporting the main thrust of the strategy, but expressing disappointment that the issue of slower speeds is not being addressed right away.

3 Mar 2010

Walk2work Day is on March 10th 2010.  We asked some people about their walking habits - check it out at 

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18 Feb 2010

Walk for your life: Restoring neighbourhood walkways to enhance community life, improve street safety and reduce obesity

By Marie Demers, PH.D

Foreword by James O. Hull

Vital Health Publishing 2006

What a great book! Excellent for those new to walking advocacy.

15 Feb 2010

It's worthwhile taking action when you notice a problem area for pedestrians.  Sometimes you can make a difference!  Recently a walking advocate identified a problem at the entrance to a Khandallah supermarket car park.  There was no indication to motorists that they were crossing a footpath and there weret even in/out arrows for cars painted on the footpath!  He wrote to the supermarket but never got a reply.  However,  the other day he was walking past the supermarket and noticed that they had done everything he had suggested including burning the arrows off the footpath, marki

12 Feb 2010

The Tasman district council promote Walk2work day (March 10th 2010) in the Waimea Weekly. 


Image: From left, Mike Tasman-Jones (Tasman District Council Recreation Advisor) Tasman District Mayor Richard Kempthorne, David Hill (Richmond Mall Manager) and Councillor Judene Edgar (and event organiser)


Check ou the events map for an event near you

1 Feb 2010

Is this what happens when an able bodied pedestrian suddenly joins the ranks of the less able?  Has anyone else had experiences like this poor pedestrian?

9 Dec 2009

Attending the Walk21 conference in New York was a great opportunity to see first hand the changes being made in the city especially the new plazas along Broadway.   The results are very impressive with 1,400sqm of new public space.  They were hugely busy and have obviously been well received by the city residents.  Most interesting perhaps is the minimal budget on which these changes have all been made.

26 Nov 2009

Transport Minister Steven Joyce has released a summary of the more than 1,500 submissions received as part of a wide-ranging review of road safety.   The summary of submissions is available at  

9 Oct 2009

Consultation on Safer Journeys is now finished.  Living Streets Aotearoa and several of our local groups made submissions. The Ministry of Transport should have the draft Safer Journeys 2020 document ready by the end of the year.

29 Sep 2009

For some Groups a blog may be relevant so it is here in case it needs to be used.

24 Sep 2009

Lots of Dunedin commuters took to the train on International Carfree day and travelled on a Taieri Gorge railway train into Dunedin.  Living Streets Dunedin fuelled walkers at lunchtime by handing out snacks to those on foot in the Octagon.  The Otago Daily Times reported on the day's activities

14 Sep 2009

The Ministry of Transport has put out a discussion document "Safer Journeys", asking for feedback on the priorities for improving safety on the roads.  This is of paramount interest for walkers as we are the most vulnerable road users.  More people would walk if they felt that our roads and the people who drive on them were safer.  So have your say - you can read the document and make an on-line submission here, or put your comments on the blog for inclusion in the Living Streets submission.

About Us

Living Streets Aotearoa is the New Zealand organisation for people on foot, promoting walking-friendly communities. We are a nationwide organisation with local branches and affiliates throughout New Zealand.

We want more people walking and enjoying public spaces be they young or old, fast or slow, whether walking, sitting, commuting, shopping, between appointments, or out on the streets for exercise, for leisure or for pleasure.

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