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Why we need walk bike separation, not sharing - a video

George Weeks and Elise Copeland from the Auckland Design Office suggested this short (~4 minute) film from John Parkin, Professor of Engineering at the University of the West of England.

The film explains (using objective engineering principles) of why it is sensible to provide dedicated, separated space for foot and cycle traffic.

It makes such good sense.

 Click here to see it The Separation of Cyclists and Pedestrians

Managing the Uncertainty of the COVID-19 Outbreak through Walking

International Transport Forum on e- scooters and other micro-vehicles

Living Streets Aoteoroa and the Footpaths for Feet Coalition(1) is calling on the government to adopt their commendations of the International Transport Forum(2), which released its report(3) on e- scooters and other micro-vehicles last week.

The three most significant recommendations in the current context of rapidly growing micro- mobility options were that:

What Lower Hutt is doing for walking

Thank you very much for your email to our new Mayor of Lower Hutt, Campbell Barry. This email has been passed on to me as the Healthy Families Hutt Valley Manager. Healthy Families Hutt Valley is part of a national initiative called Healthy Families NZ with the goal of all New Zealanders enjoying health promoting social and physical environments that enable healthy food and physical activity choices, being smokefree, drinking alcohol only in moderation and increasing mental health resilience and wellbeing.

A letter from a member on e-scooters

Dear fellow pedestrians,

Life as we have known it has changed forever. We have long shared our footpaths with the odd cyclist or skateboarder, but the appearance and proliferation of e-scooter machines is a whole new thing.

This new era requires that we change fundamentally our approach to getting around on two legs, and demands a hugely elevated sense of awareness and safety. Care needs to be taken in every area and with almost every step.