We have recently released the report Benchmarking Cycling and Walking in Six New Zealand Cities. This report compares Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin for important inputs (e.g. funding, policies, infrastructure) and outputs (e.g. extent of walking and cycling, population health and safety) with regards to active transport. The report and supplementary material are available here: http://sustainablecities.org.nz/resilient-urban-futures/benchmarking/
Golden toes twinkling rewarded here.
The walking awards celebrate and recognise New Zealand achievements for walkers by acknowledging innovative new facilities, highlighting national best practise and rewarding ongoing commitment to walking. The awards are open to all - private companies and public organisations, not-for-profit groups, and community organisations or individuals. Nominations close 1 June 2016.
We invite you to attend the premier national conference addressing walking issues. Auckland will host the third 2WalkandCycle Conference.
The theme of the conference is 'moving towards healthy communities'. The conference’s focus is on active, human-powered transport to achieve healthier, smarter and more liveable cities. This can be achieved through balancing our extensive car travel network with better provision for walking and cycling.
Andy Smith and Ellen Blake from the LSA exec have committed themselves to a week of meetings. Monday started with an LSA strategy meeting with Mike Mellor at the railway station.
Then it was off to the NZ Police and Superintendent Steve Greally who is the Manager Road Policing. We talked about our yellow feet, proposed law change and Vision Zero for road deaths.
Join us on Wednesday 9 March 2016 for our national day to celebrate walking. This year we will again focus on the close links between public transport and walking - they go together hand in hand. Walking is part of every journey.
Celebrate the great benefits of walking (or walking and catching public transport).
Wellington - try the new look Mason's Lane on your way along the Terrace or Lambton Quay. Join us for a chat at this newly refurbished Wellington shortcut from 8.30 on Wednesday 9 March. Wellington
New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) commissions transport research in New Zeaaland. Walking is one of the areas researched. This is a list of the most relevant reports. The links will take you to the NZTA website where you will be able to read a summary and the full report.
Living Streets Aotearoa is concerned that yet again a coroner’s inquest has laid the blame squarely at the foot of the dead woman. The inquest into the pedestrian death of Vanessa Green in Wellington has found no blame on the driver. It is very difficult to determine a cause of this crash or any other crash after the fact, and it is too easy to blame the victim.
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.
Living Streets Aotearoa executive committee first face to face meeting for 2015.
Walk2Work Day was celebrated this week by thousands of New Zealanders getting out on their feet (or in their wheelchair) and enjoying their daily trek to work, school or their daily activity. This special day is the national recognition of the important part walking plays in our lives, our urban fabric and our transport system. This year we highlighted the important, indeed essential, links between walking and public transport - they can not work without each other. Walking and use of public transport is the way to extend the range of your journey and carry those awkward packages.
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.