News: Gov­ern­ment to share foot­path main­te­nance

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Walk­ing ad­vo­cacy group Liv­ing Streets Aotearoa wel­comes the Gov­ern­ment’s new trans­port and fund­ing pri­or­i­ties set out in the Gov­ern­ment Pol­icy State­ment on Trans­port. This Gov­ern­ment has heard Liv­ing Streets Aotearoa by putting money where ev­ery­body’s shoes go. The fund­ing bur­den for foot­path main­te­nance will now be shared be­tween lo­cal and cen­tral gov­ern­ment un­der the lo­cal roads main­te­nance class. The walk­ing and cy­cling ac­tiv­ity class has seen a 248% in­crease which it des­per­ately needed.

Liv­ing Streets Tu­muaki Tuarua, Ellen Blake, says, “This is great news for walk­ing in New Zealand. For the first time we have a Gov­ern­ment that recog­nises walk­ing and pedes­tri­ans de­serve some cen­tral gov­ern­ment sup­port, all 4.7 mil­lion of us. This Gov­ern­ment walks the talk in its new GPS”

“We ex­pect to see a big fo­cus on walk­ing to school, to re­v­erse the ap­palling de­cline in kids walk­ing ev­ery­day. We will see se­ri­ous im­prove­ment of pedes­trian safety in our towns. We look for­ward to streets and cross­ings be­ing built to a con­sis­tent ac­ces­si­ble stan­dard so we can all en­joy get­ting out in our pub­lic spa­ces, whether we use wheel­chairs, push a pram or go for marathon runs.”

Ms Blake adds “While we cel­e­brate this change, we don’t un­der­es­ti­mate the chal­lenge of mov­ing from the sta­tus quo. We’re look­ing for­ward to be­ing part of the change and en­cour­age ev­ery­one to have a say on the draft GPS.”

Liv­ing Streets Aotearoa is the New Zealand or­gan­i­sa­tion for peo­ple on foot that pro­motes walk­ing-friendly com­mu­ni­ties and pro­vides a voice for pedes­tri­ans. We are a na­tion­wide or­gan­i­sa­tion with lo­cal branches and af­fil­i­ates through­out New Zealand to en­cour­age ev­ery­day walk­ing. Re­cent lob­by­ing for Gov­ern­ment fund­ing for walk­ing in­fra­struc­ture in­clud­ing Min­is­ters, MoT and NZTA is pay­ing div­i­dends.

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