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Model Communities funding

Press release on Model Communities announcement -


Living Streets Aotearoa supports the New Zealand Transport Agency’s announcement of Napier Hastings and New Plymouth as the two target Model Communities. The injection of $7.5 million into funding walking and cycling facilities in these communities will significantly enhance walking as a transport mode creating healthy communities.

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Safer Pedestrian Journeys

Roads will be safer for pedestrians when actions outlined in the Safer Journeys strategy are implemented.

 “We applaud the move to change the give way rules for turning traffic”, says Peter Kortegast, President of Living Streets Aotearoa.  “Drivers concentrating on oncoming traffic, and whether they have right of way to turn, often fail to see pedestrians crossing at intersections, with tragic results.  Making intersections safer for all road users will cut the number of crashes.”

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Christchurch mini-parks created on Carfree Day

World Carfree Day is an annual celebration of how community life improves when freed from the noise, stress and pollution of cars. Every September 22, people from around the world get together in the streets and neighbourhoods to celebrate World Carfree Day and to remind the world that we don't have to accept domination by cars..  

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Wellington

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Ellen Blake  wellington[at]livingstreets.org.nz 

What is new in 2022?

March was Walk2Work Day share a photo only due to Covid restrictions, we hope to be back in full stride next year for this popular event.

March was also Park(ing) Day and once again Living Streets took over a car park to reflect on 'Covid Space Walk' and all that distance between us due to the pandemic.

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UK: 'Help people be more active' call

Children should be encouraged to play outside and adults to walk or cycle more, health and transport groups say.

Over 70 groups, including public health doctors and the Ramblers' Association, are asking candidates in this week's local elections to back such ideas.

They want each to pledge to invest 10% of transport budgets in walking and cycling initiatives.

The Association of Directors of Public Health said boosting activity levels would help tackle obesity.

'Move on'

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Philadelphia: The city has lost control of its sidewalks

By Inga Saffron

Philadelphia Inquirer Architecture Critic

Apr. 11, 2008

There are close to 1.5 million people living in Philadelphia, and every one of them is a pedestrian at one time or another. Yet City Hall sometimes seems surprised to learn that people travel on two feet.

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US, Florida: Downtown Must Walk The Walk

The Brookings Institution, the Washington, D.C.-based think tank, released a survey of the top 30 metropolitan areas regarding the ranking on the per capita number of regionally significant walkable urban places in their regions. The results for the Tampa-St. Petersburg area - dead last.

There was not one place in the region where you could live, work and play within walking distance that is at critical mass. Certainly there are many places that are up and coming; downtown St Petersburg, Ybor City, the Channel District, Hyde Park and, of course, downtown Tampa.

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About Us

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.

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