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LGWM’s $95m for walking welcomed

Press Release – Living Streets Aotearoa
“Walking is a real choice in our compact city, either for the whole journey or combined with public transport,” says Celia Wade-Brown, Living Streets National Secretary and Mayor when the LGWM project began. “This integrated plan has serious funding for walking at $95 million. Improving crossings, reducing wait times, and reducing traffic speed will make walking to work, to school, to the bus, and to the shops much better.

“Too much traffic, urban sprawl, long waits at the lights and dangerous speeds currently discourage many people from walking. Let’s Get Welly Walking!”

Ms Wade-Brown adds “Committing to a safe crossing of SH1 at Cobham Drive is really important to people who use the Indoor Sports Centre and makes a welcome connection to the Great Harbour Way/ Te Aranui o Pōneke. Modern high volume mass transit will complement a more walkable city and reduce pollution of particulates and greenhouse gases.”

Ellen Blake, Living Streets Wellington co-ordinator and National Vice President, adds “The details of the plan are still vague but more pedestrian priority and widening footpaths are excellent outcomes. Let’s make Wellington walkable for people from 5 to 95. We urge the parties to move with urgency so people’s wellbeing is improved. Climate stability action like this is urgent.”

People on foot make a considerable contribution to the economy, especially to retail and food outlets.[1]

Research shows daily physical activity is essential for physical and mental health and that we aren’t getting enough.[2]

Living Streets Aotearoa is actively working to share projects and programmes to increase walkable access to public transport and children’s ability to safely walk to school and play at the second NZ Walking Summit in Auckland on 20 –21 June. Living Streets also leads a coalition of eleven organisations Footpaths for Feet to keep footpaths clear of a range of parked or moving vehicles.

Background

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.

1 The Auckland Business Case for Walking http://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/Open/2017/08/CEN_20170823_AGN_7016_AT_files/CEN_20170823_AGN_7016_AT_Attachment_55166_1.PDF

2 Turning the Tide from Cars to Active Transport https ://www.otago.ac.nz/active-living/otago710135.pdf

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6 comments:

  1. Joise Talofi, 16. May 2019, 15:18

    Some people can’t walk. Only laziness or work-related time restraints stops the rest from walking.
    It is a shocking waste of money to put $95 million into widening footpaths in a town with too narrow streets.
    And widening the footpaths is not going to make more people walk as it is not even a reason given for not walking!( *survey)!

     
  2. Andy Mellon, 16. May 2019, 19:41

    Wellington is a dangerous city to walk in. Mainly because some pedestrian crossings allow vehicles to move through as pedestrians are walking, leading to unnecessary and avoidable pedestrian/vehicle conflict. I welcome investment in improving walking options – hopefully solving some the issues noted and also hopefully providing more safe crossing points on the major roads. It would be good to see greater pedestrianisation too.

     
  3. Ellen Blake, 17. May 2019, 9:10

    LGWM improvements for people walking $95 million sounds good – what are these improvements? Slower speeds good for everyone, wider footpaths good if it is just for pedestrians rather than street clutter, what’s the plan on Dixon St?? Safe crossing of Cobham Drive is long overdue. [via twitter]

     
  4. Manny, 17. May 2019, 9:24

    Joise has it right, people in Wellington either walk or they don’t walk. They don’t walk because of the width of the footpath or because of the speed of cars on the road.

     
  5. James S, 17. May 2019, 15:45

    Saw a classic example today. If you walk up the path behind the Ministry of Education, it takes you parallel to Bowen Street for a while then dumps you back on the street with no pavement, and the only way to cross being through a planted central reservation on a blind corner. Walkable? Hardly!

     
  6. Heidi P, 19. May 2019, 9:36

    Joise is correct and $95million will not make more people walk to work.
    If you want less people to drive, then fix the public transport fiasco and drop the price of commuting by buses and trains.