Pedestrians, cars and trains don’t mix

Graeme Easte of Walk Auckland talks about level crossings

http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/85167156/Three-accidents-in-four-years-another-reason-to-remove-Aucklands-level-crossings

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) revealed its updated “watch-list” which includes concerns about the safety of railway crossings

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/85788154/railway-crossings-and-robinson-helicopters-added-to-list-of-nations-biggest-transport-safety-concerns

Walkability data about Auckland suburbs

Here is a report from Healthy Auckland Together via Helen Hayes

It has some nice breakdowns by local wards and ethnicity.

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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.

Joe Clendon Footpath cycling Petition

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.

Problem in Newmarket at Lumsden Green

Have you been for a beer at The Lumsden at 449 Khyber Pass rd?  The footpath is blocked by their beer caravan.

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You have to squeeze between a wall, bin and tree.  No room for the mobility scooter.

Easy as 1-2-3: the SeaPath quick submit form

Last week SkyPath (which we are part of)  told you about how plans for SeaPath are moving forward. We’ve been working with our friends at Generation Zero on a super-simple quick-submit form to let NZTA know that you’re behind it.

You’ll see it boils things down to three major points:

  • a wide enough path for separation for people on foot and on bikes.
  • a safe crossing at the Onewa Interchange, so foot & bike traffic doesn’t have to mix with motorway traffic
  • let’s make sure to link SeaPath to places people need to go – not just SkyPath, but Akoranga bus station, AUT and Takapuna and beyond.

And of course you’re more than welcome to add your own thoughts.

Last year, we got over 10,000 responses supporting SkyPath. SeaPath is a key link in the cycleway network, which will not only link to SkyPath and the central city, but to the expanding cycle network on the North Shore, including the Northcote Safe Routes and the future Northern Corridor cycleway.

Let’s show how much we want SeaPath + SkyPath – together they provide a congestion free transport choice across the Waitemata – be sure to add your voice!