On Monday I attended the launch of the Access Alliance. It is made up from 9 organisations in the disability area. They are looking to get better legislation so accessibility is not a question but taken for granted. Moving from complaints to policy.
They are planning more meetings with business, politicians, political parties toward the general elections.
The Access Alliance wants NZ to be 100% accessible.
The NZ Institute of Economic Research presented a report on what would the affect of this 100% be.
There is a large tourist market for People with Disabilities (PWD). Tourists over 65 year old make up 65% of the group.
Access for All could put 14,000 PWD into work, worth $1.4 billion, saving $270 million in benefits and creating tax revenue of $387 million.
Access for All has a positive economic value.
Dr Marie Bountrogianni, Dean from Ryerson University Canada was also a politician that put in place legislation that would suit NZ. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act aims to identify, remove, and prevent barriers for people with disabilities. She explained the work involved in the act and that was passed unanimously by the Parliament in Ontario. You can even do a certificate on how to implement the acts requirements.
Its Time for the Accessibility for New Zealanders Act
Access to work NZIER paper
Summary Papers Access Alliance
Pedestrian level crossing workshop
We need you to help us make the users of pedestrian level crossing safer.
Do you live in Auckland? Do you use pedestrian level crossings regularly? If so, you are invited to join this workshop to share your views and perceptions of sign options at level crossings.
Please pass this on to potentially interested family and friends. We are looking for everyday users, rather than professionals in the transport sector.
A diverse range of people will participate in the workshops, so places may be allocated according to need.
In Auckland, the workshop will be held on Tuesday 7th March from 6-8pm.
All attendees will receive a $100 MTA voucher and a pizza dinner will be provided.
If you would like to attend please contact Lily Hirsch (e: email@example.com, mob: 027 204 2211)
Ideally we would like a range of pedestrian level crossing users attending, with an equal gender balance. It would be great if we could have representation from ‘general pedestrians’ as well as the following pedestrian level crossing users:
- Pram user
- Wheelchair user
- Vision impaired
When I opened the 2WALKandCYCLE conference in July last year I challenged the then Mayor and CEO of Auckland Transport to create new pedestrian only spaces in Auckland and I said that means closing roads. We need to drive the car out from our streets and make them living streets. It’s people who spend money in our shops, not cars. We should have flânuers and sojourners in the streets, not startled people running across intersections as drivers wait till they have the road again. High Street should have no vehicles and deliveries made in the early morning. Parts of Queen Street should be pedestrianised boulevards. Block Queen St at The Civic up to Mayoral Drive and Victoria Street to Shortland Street. This is not a new idea and there are other streets, in other town centres that need the same treatment. It takes political will to do this − Kia kaha, kia toa Aucklanders. Let’s make a city for people.
Did you see this article “NZ roads are too dangerous” by a Norwegian journalist recently in the NZ Herald? It’s well worth a read:
This kind of article provides valuable perspective beyond the complexity of NZTA’s new Speed Management Guide, please see our concerns attached at bottom.
Hence, we ask that AT helps ensure that the new Setting of Speed Limits Rule (to be implemented in 2017) is drafted to allow for the easier adoption of safer speed limits in order to achieve safe, efficient travel on our roads.
Walk Auckland joined a small group who objected to this sale. It went ahead but the new lane is 6m and not 5m.