Ahead of a new government being formed, Waka Kotahi has paused funding to a programme designed to speed up adoption of more sustainable modes of travel.
Living Streets President, Tim Jones, criticised Waka Kotahi's move. “There are many benefits of walking and other non-car modes, that we need to see accelerated for both health and climate action,” he said.
“Living Streets advocates for safe, separated infrastructure for pedestrians, like footpaths and crossings.
"We want to see better public transport which is needed in many parts of the country, with both increased frequency and coverage. And cyclists need safe paths on busy roads too, not shared paths.
"To achieve this we need to see separate funding for walking projects, not a reduction in funding.
"Living Streets looks forward to the new government taking hold of the reins and putting more funding effort into walkable neighbourhoods, safer trips to school, and the opportunity for all ages and abilities to get out for a walk. It’s something we can all agree is fair and needed."
5 November 2023