Policy

Government walks the talk in its new GPS

3 April 2018

Government walks the talk in its new GPS

Walking advocacy group Living Streets Aotearoa welcomes the Government’s new transport and funding priorities set out in the Government Policy Statement on Transport.

This Government has heard Living Streets Aotearoa by putting money where everybody’s shoes go. The funding burden for footpath maintenance will now be shared between local and central government under the local roads maintenance class. The walking and cycling activity class has seen a 248% increase which it desperately needed.

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More walking needed for the Government Policy Statement on Transport

Living Streets Aotearoa submission on the Government Policy Statement on Transport asks for some significant changes to the Policy that determines the funding for the New Zealand land transport system. The proposed GPS continues years of non-funding for walking and pedestrian activity with a heavy bias towards state highway funding. Our submission recommends the focus for the New Zealand transport system must be people-centred to support a healthy life and sustainable activity for all.

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Value of footpaths in New Zealand survey

Hi all, we are researching the value of footpaths in New Zealand, on behalf of the Road Controlling Authorities' Forum.
This survey is about how people use and value footpaths in New Zealand.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Footpaths

Please circulate the survey as widely as you are able, including to your friends, families, colleagues and any other groups you might be part of.

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Local government elections - Talking walking at the local level

The local government election voting papers have gone out and now it is up to us to use our powerful voice and vote for a more walking friendly place. Walking is the human mode of transport that is much more than just a way to get from one place to the other – and this is how it rates on candidate election platforms.

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Minister Bridges meets us in Auckland

On Friday Feb 12 we meet with the Minister of Transport Simon Bridges in Auckland.  There were 8 in our delegation representing organisation concerned that the footpath should not get crowded out with new vehicles.  Just that day NZ Post talked about their new delivery tractors going nation wide.

The meeting was good and one of our focus points was asking the Minister to make the NZTA Pedestrian Planning and Design Guide adopted as a standard.

Following is our briefing paper.

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Study on a sample of Wellington walkways as published in the NZ Medical Journal.

The attached study on a sample of Wellington walkways was published today in the NZ Medical Journal. It shows that while lighting of street-connecting walkways at night is generally good – there was a quarter of walkways where it was inadequate (ie, it was too dark to see your feet or to see the steps).

In the “Discussion” section of the attached – various options for improving things are outlined, in case the Council wishes to consider these.

Hope this is of interest.

Nick Wilson

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