Bridget Burdett is researching the value of footpaths in New Zealand, on behalf of the Road Controlling Authorities’ Forum.
This survey is about how people use and value footpaths in New Zealand. Please circulate the survey as widely as you are able, including to your friends, families, colleagues and any other groups you might be part of.
If anyone you know would like a paper copy of the survey please contact me on 027 5493219 or email email@example.com
Graeme Easte of Walk Auckland talks about level crossings
The Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) revealed its updated “watch-list” which includes concerns about the safety of railway crossings
Here is a report from Healthy Auckland Together via Helen Hayes
It has some nice breakdowns by local wards and ethnicity.
Population walkability measures the proximity to a range of services and destinations from residential addresses. More destinations in walking range results in higher walkability scores. Conversely, fewer destinations, hilly terrain, and poor road/footpath connectivity (e.g. dead end streets) result in lower walkability scores.
The Select Committee will hear submissions on Joe Clendons petition asking for childern up to 14 and their adults to cycle on the footpath. Living Streets Aotearoa ,the pedestrian association, will be asking about the safety of people who currently walk on those footpaths.
It is asking the committee to not change the law as the footpaths already function well. Currently only children using small bikes can ride on footpaths.
Footpaths are a sanctuary for the people who walk, children skipping, the elderly, pram pushers, wheelchairs, the physically disabled, blind and those with hearing loss. A safe place to walk, stop, sojourn, run and skip. Lets not compromise the safety of one group for the safety of another when calming traffic will cater for the cyclists needs.
We have always cycled on the roads, why change now, what has changed? Is it that vehicles need more space to go faster in the town? When we walk and cycle we need calm traffic so we can cross the street and use the intersections. When there is a great number of people walking and cycling this shows a civilized , friendly, healthy town that has not become a sewer for vehicles.
At a glance, footpaths may appear like a place no one uses but they are filled with constantly changing users during the day, all with different purposes. Starting with early runners, walking commuters, school children, shoppers and the elderly, lunchtime strollers, afternoon walking groups, home from schoolers and work, then the after dinner walkers or runners. This piece of the road (footpath) is being used all day and walking is now the number one recreation in NZ.
Japan is trying to get cyclists off the footpaths as their people get older; building segregated cycleways and slowing traffic is what has happened in Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands.
Reading the submissions (480 in total) we find others wanting no change to the law. Blind and sight reduced citizens, Grey Power, Disabled associations, Town Councils, Road controlling Authorities, lots of Nelson people (who are experiencing narrow shared paths) and bike groups like Spokes in Christchurch
Its NOT OK to cycle on the footpath.
Have you been for a beer at The Lumsden at 449 Khyber Pass rd? The footpath is blocked by their beer caravan.
You have to squeeze between a wall, bin and tree. No room for the mobility scooter.
Joel Cayford has bogged about width of lanes and paths. Worth reading here.
Walk Auckland benefited from the charity collection and popcorn sales at the Silo Park Movie on March 25. The donation was $345.50
Thanks to those that contributed and Fresh Concept.
Installation of trial signage has now been completed in the following areas:
New Lynn town centre with focus on public transport extended to include Fruitvale and Avondale rail stations
Northcote town centre
Matiatia Ferry Terminal, Waiheke Island
Read More here Regional signage newsletter March 2016