Increasing numbers of cyclists, ebikers, escooters and eskateboarders are now riding on footpaths

Letter to the NZ Herald Editor

 

Dear Sir,
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
pedestrians.
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.

Yours sincerely,
Jennifer Ward

Auckland’s rampant road toll

How are NZTA & Police working to assist AT fix this?
https://www.greaterauckland.org.nz/2018/05/17/aucklands-appalling-road-safety/

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.”

https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/104040917/aucklands-rampant-road-toll-out-of-sync-with-the-rest-of-new-zealand

Regards…

Bevan Woodward | Transport Planner | MOVEMENT  www.movement.org.nz

Walk2Work day. Free breakfast for walkers

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.

Walk 2 Work Day March 14

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.

Christmas Walk Trails

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.

 

Reflective braces for sale

These are $10 each, plus postage and have a waist band up to 110cm. Order below please.

And the stretch style in Orange or Green.