Posted by: Gregory | April 10, 2015

Seminar: Increasing walking and cycling in NZ cities

New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities has a seminar coming up on Thursday April 16th.

Seminar: Increasing walking and cycling in NZ cities
You are warmly invited to hear about our new study showing that the Model Communities Programme, which provided government funding for walking and cycling in two NZ cities, has been successful in stopping the general decline in healthy, active travel. We will also discuss Wellington’s progress on cycling infrastructure.

Speakers: Michael Keall, Ralph Chapman, Sarah Free.
Time: Thursday 16th April 2015, noon – 1 pm,
Place: Adam Auditorium, City Gallery, ground floor, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington.

The Model Communities Programme provided government funding for walking and cycling infrastructure and promotion in New Plymouth and Hastings. This was an opportunity for researchers to run an innovative series of surveys to estimate changes in walking and cycling in these two cities, compared to two other New Zealand cities that were not receiving the same programme. Michael and Ralph will discuss results that showed a large and statistically significant increase in the proportion of trips that were made on foot and bike, indicating that the Model Communities Programme has been successful in stopping a general declining trend for healthy, active travel.

In 2014 Wellington City Council committed to a greatly increased annual expenditure of $4.3 million on cycling infrastructure. Since then NZTA and the government have become involved with promises of extra funding for high quality commuter cycleways. Sarah Free will talk about progress to date: the successes, the pitfalls and the challenge to gain more widespread support for cycling infrastructure.

The comes a couple weeks ahead of the full council meeting that’s meant to discuss the cycling master plan (PDF), so there sadly won’t be a conclusion to the story of pitfalls and challenges.

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