Walking to work day
More than 280 runners, joggers, walkers and strollers gathered in Grafton last Wednesday as part of Walk2Work day.
Coordinated by Living Streets Aotearoa, hundreds of fitness-conscious Kiwis gathered in the main centres around the country.
“We ran out of muffins and scones by 8.30am,” says Andy Smith, who helped organise the Auckland breakfast.
Mr Smith, 54, has been walking actively for 10 years and says even small changes like getting off the bus one stop early makes a difference.
Kelvin Aris, the Auckland networker for the organisation, says this year was the first time the Walk2Work event was held in Auckland after it was piloted in Wellington last year.
“We want people to realise walking as a form of transport as well as the health and social benefits.”
Mr Aris catches a ferry from Bayswater each morning and then walks or cycles to his work in Freemans Bay.
Eden Albert Community Board chairman Christopher Dempsey was pleased to support the event.
“Walking is one of life’s treats and with the soft morning light like today, nothing beats a relaxing walk to work.”