|Stride into summer|
Letter to the NZ Herald Editor
Increasing numbers of cyclists, ebikers, escooters and eskateboarders are
now riding on footpaths. The roads are too dangerous and no provision is
made elsewhere for them, so the default becomes the footpath. Yet the
speed and quietness of these transport modes that are being used on the
footpaths, is dangerous for pedestrians, including the disabled. In effect
we are seeing the conversion of all footpaths into “shared paths”
without any consultation or regard for the most vulnerable users – the
The proposed new escooters and the Onzo fleet are disruptor technologies
that are being allowed to privatise the public domain of the footpath for
their business interests. Auckland Transport has allowed this to happen
unchallenged and unregulated. It is showing no leadership or planning
around this issue whilst allowing the most vulnerable to be compromised
and endangered. This is not a reasonable or practical solution to
Auckland’s transport problems.
Here is Auckland Transport’s Road Safety and Speed Management programme 2018-21 for the Waitemata Local Board. Its all about lower speeds to save lives.
Click here for the details 180813 WLB Memo – Road Safety Update (002)
How are NZTA & Police working to assist AT fix this?
I note that Lester Levy appears to be finally showing some leadership:
“Auckland Transport chair Lester Levy said the organisation would adopt a ‘Vision Zero’ approach, which originated in Sweden and functioned on the premise that no loss of life due to traffic incidents was acceptable.
Lowered speed limits, more safety cameras and high friction road surfacing, better pedestrian infrastructure, and strengthened partnerships between local and government agencies would help lower the road toll by up to 20 per cent over the next three years, he said.”
Bevan Woodward | Transport Planner | MOVEMENT www.movement.org.nz
There is an increase of 248% for walking. More details here
March 14 at 7am was busy with Walk Auckland volunteers asking people walking to work to fill in the survey and then have a free breakfast.
Sanitarium sponsored Up&Go while Walk Auckland purchased coffee, muffins and fruit.
Bill Adams coffee handed out 510 cups and we gave away 150 muffins.
We are running a free breakfast on March 14 from 7am to 9am at the corner of K rd and Symonds st Pigeon Park.
I need help. Can you come for a while and help hand out food and survey forms?
This is what it looks like. http://vimeo.com/10083445
Text me, Andy, on 021474740 if you have the time to help.
Make the most of early summer evenings and enjoy our city’s most loved Christmas attractions on foot! These Christmas trails take in old favourites including the Smith and Caughey’s Christmas window, Queen Street Santa and the Franklin Road lights, as well as new favourites like Silo Park and Sky City with some sweet surprises in between. Discover how easy and enjoyable it is to walk into and around the city centre at https://at.govt.nz/cycling-walking/auckland-cycle-run-walkway-maps/city-centre-christmas-walking-trails/ or pick up a hard copy from the Central Library, Council service centre, or i-site.
Find out about the Walking Summit and what autonomous food delivery vehicles look like in the USA and why California has banned some.