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Safer Journeys strategy launched

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.

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Success for walking advocates

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

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Consultation on Safer Journeys discussion document closed

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.

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Dunedin commuters took to the train on Carfree day

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

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Have your say on road safety

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.

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New report in to short trips in Wellington

Findings in the recently released report in to short trip active mode travel in Wellington shows that 79% of respondents in the greater Wellington region had made a short trip up to two kilometres in the 24 hours prior to interview, which is a decrease on the 89% recorded in the 2006 survey.

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