A wide scenic route from Wellington to Hutt would be terrific for recreation and commuting.
It's shameful that tourists coming off the ferry from South Island can't cycle or walk along our magnificent harbour in either direction.
Wellington has a lovely waterfront and Petone's foreshore is attractive but there is an ABYSS between.
Living Streets Aotearoa says the recent Ministry of Health report A Portrait of Health is an indictment of New Zealand's urban form and transport options.
Fewer than half of children aged 5 to 14 years use active transport (walk, run, cycle, scoot or skate) to get to school.
"The journey to school offers an easy way to be active and forms the active transport habit early", says Councillor Celia Wade-Brown. Children can also get exercise by walking part of the journey to the bus or train.
"It's not just the physical distraction, it's the sense of the driver being absent from the real driving situation. Trying to catch a driver's eye as a turning cyclist or pedestrian waiting at a crossing is MUCH more difficult if the driver's on the phone."
For World Environment Day, Living Streets Aotearoa members are installing pou hikoi or “walking poles” in walkable communities throughout Wellington. The poles are painted black and white like a pedestrian crossing with shoes walking up and onwards! [see http://livingstreets.org.nz/foot_art.htm]
The poles will be up from Queen’s Birthday weekend in time for World Environment Day on the 5th of June.
Wellington’s weather smiled on between 250 and 300 people who took time out from their walk to work to fuel up on hot cross buns and coffee at Frank Kitts Park this morning.
Carol Comber of Living Streets Wellington, who co-ordinated Wellington's Walk 2 Work Day, said "It was fantastic to see so many people enjoying the food and standing in the sunshine chatting to fellow commuters. Today was a wonderful celebration and a real reminder that walking is a great way to get to work."