NZTA trial aims for safer speeds around rural schools

The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) will begin a trial of variable speed limits outside rural schools in June as part of the agency's ongoing effort to reduce serious crashes and improve safety on rural New Zealand roads.

The NZTA media release (18 May 2012) says five schools in the North Island will initially take part in the trial, with the first step being the introduction of a permanent 80 km/h speed limit at four of the trial schools (with a 100 km/h speed limt remaining at the fifth school).

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Children Want to Walk to School

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.

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Arrive alive - a highway code for young road users

A traffic safety web page which explains how to keep safe when you are a pedestrian.
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Free ranging our children: Reversing the tide of children being driven to school

Free ranging our children - Document - Adobe PDF
The paper outlines: · Parents’ attitudes about safety being the major reason why children are being driven to school (Research Solutions Study in Auckland 2003), · Developing a school travel plan programme for New Zealand, · Integrating sustainable transport with safety, health and other outcomes, · An update on local and international progress with school travel plans.

Active commuting to and from school and BMI in elementary school children etc (abstract)

United States National Health Objectives include increasing the proportion of trips made by walking to and from school for children who live within 1.6 km to 50%. The purpose of this objective is to increase the level of physical activity among children.
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Active commuting to school among NSW primary school children: implications for public health

Regular active commuting by walking/cycling can help maintain an active lifestyle.

VERB: a social marketing campaign to increase physical activity among youth

A Social Marketing Campaign to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth An article about the VERB campaign which is a multiethnic social marketing campaign to increase and maintain physical activity among children aged 9-13 and their parent
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Children's freedoms and promoting the 'active city' in Auckland neighbourhoods

This paper presents a framework through which to critically reflect on the links between people, place and wellbeing at the neighbourhood level

Safe journeys to school (Nelson)

The Nelson Council initiated a survey in late 2004 to get some facts on just how children are travelling to school, to look into some of the reasons why so few use the journey for exercise, and, at the same time, to look at other safety factors in local parks and streets.
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About Us

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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