Freedom on Foot

People around the world will be enjoying freedom on foot on international carfree day, September 22nd.

“People talk about cars giving people freedom – but what’s free about sitting in queues of cars belching fumes?”  asks Liz Thomas, director of pedestrian organization Living Streets Aotearoa.

“Short journeys through towns and cities at rush hour are often faster on foot than by car.  People on foot can cut across parks, and through lanes, alleyways, buildings and carparks.  Often one way systems send cars right around a block, where pedestrians can quickly cut through.”

Carfree day is an opportunity for people to discover the advantages of walking to work, to study, or the shops.  Even longer journeys can be done on foot and public transport.

“As well as being faster in some cases, walking instead of driving gives you time to think, to smell the roses, and to get your daily dose of healthy exercise en route to your destination,” says Liz. 

“In addition you can pat yourself on the back for reducing pollution, carbon emissions and congestion on the roads.”

Research done by workplace wellness provider Vitality Works shows that a large proportion of the New Zealand workforce is overweight and unhealthy, costing employers money in low staff productivity and time off sick.  The research suggests that the reason for Wellington having the healthiest workers is because of its walkability, and culture of walking to and from work.

Activities to mark carfree day are being organized around New Zealand. 

 For more information:

Liz Thomas, Director, Living Streets Aotearoa, 04 385 8280 or 021 106 4201


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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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