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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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Affordable housing needs walkable, compact and well-designed neighbourhoods

I recently sent this letter to Minister Nick Smith following some comments from him about urban design and footpaths. High quality urban design that encourages walkable neighbourhoods around public transport nodes is essential for the future or our cities. Good urban design makes economic sense both for individuals and communities as a whole.

Here is the letter I sent. I will post the response when it arrives.

Andy Smith - Living Streets Aotearoa President

 

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Over 1500 Safer Journeys submissions

Transport Minister Steven Joyce has released a summary of the more than 1,500 submissions received as part of a wide-ranging review of road safety.   The summary of submissions is available at www.saferjourneys.govt.nz  

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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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