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/
This is the report from the joint Wellington Railway Station Community Street Review November 2015. This street review was undertaken by Living Streets Aotearoa Wellington members and the Wellington City Council Accessibility Advisory Group.
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 have become concerned at the number of legal but unformed roads that have been stopped and sold. This limits the future choices and potential uses for the land. Unformed legal road is often used by pedestrians for accessways or potentially could be used as such.
This report is from the Ministry of Transport
and last months road crash stats
A highlight of the Wellington 2014 walking year was this talk from international walk researcher Daniel Sauter. Daniel spoke about the important 4 "I's" of walking - Inspiration, Identity, Infrastructure and Institutional arrangements. He noted the joy of walking and 'being' in a place, were as important in a liveable city as moving through spaces, and had some interesting research to show how we spend our time. He commented that he particularly enjoyed the debate during his presentation - thanks to those attending.
Nigel Cass has worked in sports management in both New Zealand and the UK since 1990.
Nigel joined the New Zealand Rugby Union in 2001 as Provincial Union Relationship Manager. He was also Chair of the Board of the IRB Wellington International Sevens and in 2004 he took on the role of Project Manager for the DHL NZ Lions Series and also led the bid process for Rugby World Cup 2011.
Nigel is currently General Manager, Tournament Services for Rugby New Zealand 2011 Ltd.
The New Zealand Agency (NZTA) investigated the relationship, if any, between school travel plans and improved road safety, in particular for pedestrians and cyclists.
Using crash data within a 500 m radius around eleven schools in Auckland City over a 10 year period, this assessment indicates that the following decrease in reported crashes occurred since the launch of the travel plans:
_ 57% involving cyclists and pedestrians aged five to thirteen
_ 30% involving all pedestrian and cycling
The 2 km Auckland Harbour Bridge that connect the north and south shores in Auckland City New Zealand does not have any walking or cycling on it. It is for motorized vehicles only. Originally the paths were planed but were never built as the money was not available. The bridge was built with 4 lanes in 1959 and later in 1969 another 4 lanes were clipped on the original structure.
Since that time walkers and cyclists have advocated for a way across.
I am part of the current push to get this access.
Increasingly, major sporting events are looking to walking as the main mode of access to venues and as a link to public transport. Good pedestrian planning can have a signficant impact on the success and public experience of a sporting event.
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.