Living Streets Aotearoa, the national walking advocacy group, has welcomed some good news for pedestrians in the new Emissions Reduction Plan, but called on the Government to act faster and go further to decarbonise transport. Living Streets Aotearoa Vice-President Tim Jones said “In the race to decarbonise our society and economy by 2050, the years between now and 2030 are crucial, because that’s when the steepest emissions reductions need to happen. And transport, especially in cities, is the sector we can decarbonise fastest – but only if we take the right steps.”
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.
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.
On the Greening the Rubble project's website you will see how this project is making a difference in Christchurch despite the continuing earthquakes and aftershocks. Go to: http://www.greeningtherubble.org.nz
You are invited to join us for a discussion on the importance of pedestrians to community resilience. Starting with a report back from the workshop of transport innovator David Engwicht we will look at how pedestrians contribute to community resilience and what we can do to foster resilience.
This is the second in a series of meetings to highlight important aspects of walking for the future of living communities. The first looked at footpath design.
This workshop is designed to bring together key local and international researchers, with policy analysts in local and central government, NGOs and members of the public, to consider the evidence for co-benefits of active journeys -- particularly benefits for population health, climate change, and quality of life -- and how this evidence can be strengthened and acted upon effectively.
Find information about this free, public space event at: http://www.canterburybiodiversity.org.nz/greening-the-rubble.html
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.