This year the Walk2Work Day theme is Walking and Public Transport. A walk is part of every bus, train and ferry ride. Research shows that walking and catching the bus or train (or ferry you lucky people) keeps you fitter than using a car.
Yes we do need to start the journey to a more walkable future, for our health, the planet, the economy and just because walking is fun and social. There are some really fantastic projects internationally that we could take bits from and adapt to what we want in New Zealand - its all about what we want after all. That vision is required from the top nudged along by us. Some of the first steps have already been taken with footpath maintenance funding now available and a revised Government Policy Statement on Transport. We need to see that turned into action on our streets.
Walking toward a healthier, brighter, more equitable future
The attached is an article recently published in Planning Quarterly 196 March 2015 (without it's nice photos sorry) on Planning for walking - time to make strides in measuring performance. The article sets out and proposes a new approach to measuring walk performance in local authority plans to enable a more rapid change to walk mode share and improve walkability, by making walking more visible.
Here is the Living Streets Aotearoa submission for the draft Wellington Regional Land Transport Plan 2015.
Next Wednesday (13 March) is Walk2Work Day – and you’re invited to join Mayor Celia Wade-Brown in an early morning commuter walk from the Northland shops to Queens Wharf.
Living Streets Aotearoa is holding it's first meeting for 2012 to look at what the future holds for pedestrians and walkers. With many councils preparing their Long Term Plans, and, nearly a year on from the change to a purely volunteer organisation for Living Streets it is timely to discuss what we can look forward to and achieve in the future: what are our ambitions and goals, as individuals, in our organisation, and in our workplaces?
This is Living Streets Wellington submission on the Transmission Gully resource consent
This is the Living Streets Wellington submission on Traffic resolution 101-11 Tawa 'shared path'.
Walk for your life: Restoring neighbourhood walkways to enhance community life, improve street safety and reduce obesity
By Marie Demers, PH.D
Foreword by James O. Hull
Vital Health Publishing 2006
What a great book! Excellent for those new to walking advocacy.
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.