Ellen Blake  wellington[at]livingstreets.org.nz 

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Check out this years Tuesday walks timetable 

Walk2Work Day is Wednesday 13 March 2019. The day to get out and celebrate walking, part of our daily activity. This year take a photo to share with us of your walk. Walk on your own or with friends. If you want more people to join you let us know and we will publicise it.

News from WCC - the scourge of escooters is soon to join the parking pains of ONZO bikes on our footpaths in Wellington. Let your councillors and MPs know what you think about this new vehicle tech. Serviced by underpaid, petrol-car using juicers these motorised scooters will soon we presume, be parked taking up from one third to all of the footpath, but somehow not allowed to be used on central city or suburban shopping footpaths. The slightly better news - this is a trial for 6 months (extendable) so any feedback received should go into the mix as to how they are managed in the future. The real culprits in this fiasco are the government, who in 2018 declared electric motorised scooters not to be motor-vehicles and therefore allowed to use the footpath as recreational vehicles. Do let your MP know what you think about this.

Tuesday lunchtime walks

Here is the new timetable for walks in 2019 - try one out on Tuesdays.  

See links on bottom of the page for other Walking Groups

Meetings and events

Want to get more involved in walking and advocating for our slice of the transport pie in Wellington? Living Streets Wellington hold a meeting every month contact wellington(a)livingstreets.org.nz for more details and to come along - all members welcome.

We look forward to seeing you at a future event.

Recent submissions

Check out our submissions here - what we thought to make cycling better in Newtown and Berhampore with some ideas to make walking better too.

What we did in 2018 

Open Streets - Te Ara Tapere ki Pōneke Sunday 28 October 2018

Join us at the corner of Hunter and Victoria Streets for our Living Streets 'Make a Place' as part of the Open Street event. Use our props or bring your own to create your own space in this public place!

Check out the facebook event

Andy McNeil run /  walk Sunday 28 October 

Join Wellington Marathon Clinic for this memorial event 

On 26 June 2018 we held the national Golden Foot Walking Awards hosted at Parliament, by Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. This was a great night and so inspiring to hear about all the wonderful finalists and winners. People who are out there making walking better for all of us. Read more about Golden Foot Walking Awards.

Walk2Work Day on 14 March is our first event this year. Living Streets are hosting two walks and WCC councillors are leading 6 other walking talking opportunities - check in here for updates on more walks or follow us on Facebook 

1 8am from the northern gate at the Basin Reserve, look for the sign - join a walk along the Canal Reserve (as much as possible) taking in the interesting sights, look at the uses of this public space, and how we can use and improve it - lots to see but we expect the walk will take about half an hour. On the flat and should be accessible to all. More information contact Ellen 021 106 7139 Councillors Iona Pannett and Brian Dawson will be joining us.

2 12 midday from VUW Kelburn Parade, under the walkway look for the sign - join a walk down Mount St, Flagstaff Hill to Perretts Corner on Willis Street with Chris. Lots to see along this heritage walk. Its all downhill but steep with steps. 

Wellington City Councillors are really getting into step for Walk2Work Day - join them at one of these walks and talk walking Wellington with them along the way

3 7.45am meet outside Kilbirnie Sports Centre for a walk through the town belt to Civic Centre with Councillor Sarah Free

4 8.00 am from the Wellington Railway Station main entrance, to walk to the Civic Centre with Councillors Jill Day, Peter Gilberd and Malcolm Sparrow

5 8.00 am, meet at Caribbean Cafe, Brooklyn Village to walk down through Central Park with Councillor David Lee

6 8.15am meet at Shorland Park to walk to Island Bay and St Francis schools with Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons

7 10 am for a guided tour around Wellington laneways with Councillor Nicola Young meet at Big Save in Tory Street at

8 10.30am at Wellington City Council, Committee Room 2, Councillors Sarah Free and Diane Calvert invite members of the public to talk about opportunities and challenges for walking in Wellington


2017 was a busy time for us at Living Streets Wellington group with our involvement in many initiatives some of which are reported here. We attended the public places bylaw workshop early in the year (the bylaw is important for regulating what can be done in public spaces like footpaths), we participated with a guided walk on Walk2Work Day, and Paula Warren created a Park(ing) Day site, we participated in the Walk and Cycle the Hutt advisory group, and the Upper Hutt Have a Go Day, we attended the Wellington Safe and Sustainable Transport Forum meetings, the Regional Land Transport Plan review, and made many submissions and presented many time to Council about them.

Living Streets has been actively involved in the cycleways work programme in Wellington - from one meeting on the CBD area, to many meetings about Oriental Bay, Thorndon Quay and Eastern suburbs. It is important that the walking voice is heard to protect our valuable pedestrian spaces, footpaths! Surprisingly many folk think footpaths are safe to cycle on despite the evidence to the contrary and so see this space as available for bikes. We would like to see some NZ independent research on the impact of vehicles on footpaths for pedestrians.

The Our City Tomorrow programme is looking out 30 years to identify issues for Wellington that need to be addressed, including a significant increase in population and where they might live, and of course how they will move around - by foot of course! This has strong links to the high-profile Let's Get Wellington Moving joint project of WCC, Greater Wellington and the NZTA. I hope you managed to get your submissions in to ask for walkable design. The LGWM decisions will determine whether we see some priority for walking and public transport or more road building for Wellington. You can see what we submitted on that here. 

A highlight of our year was being part of the first ever New Zealand Walking Summit held in Wellington on 28 July. Our four point plan evolved from the Summit and gives us a good direction to pursue with the new government. We want 1% of the National Land Transport Fund for pedestrians and walking, we want the New Zealand Pedestrian Planning and Design Guide and RTS 14 for blind and vision impaired to be turned into standards that must be followed, we want slower 30 km hour speeds around all schools and retail centres, and we want a focus put on walking to school with a target to reverse the decline. 

As mentioned above we have been busy on the submission front - check out all our submissions on the link below. Traffic resolutions are a means to make small changes that can benefit walking (at times) however we have concerns about the quality of information provided to decision-makers, and the lack of assessment of effects on pedestrians. The latest lot of traffic resolutions propose a number of changes to allow for more cycle facilities - however we still do not have an overall cycle network (which we support) so it is hard to see how they all fit together, and not all of the resolutions have been well thought out, some will adversely impact pedestrians. We will be talking to this submission on 14 September at the WCC meeting - come along and support us.

ome of our 2017 submissions have been on the various Councils annual plans, WHO Global Action Plan on Physical Activity and a low emission economy. 


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