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News: August 2008
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This week the Minister of Transport, Annette King announced that the NZ Transport Strategy’s (NZTS) combined target for walking and cycling is 30% of all trips in urban areas by 2040, almost double the present figure. To help meet this target, the budget for walking and cycling will more than double over the next ten years. ‘The updated NZTS indicates a real culture shift’, says Cycling Advocates' Network (CAN) spokesperson Stephen McKernon. ‘It recognises that, cycling, walking and public transport are keys to improving transport reliability improving access to stations by cycling and walking are critical to encouraging public transport usage investing in cycling and walking is real value for money, as it makes much better use of space and resources.’ But CAN is questioning the government’s targets and timetable for change. ‘The government needs to increase walking and cycling...
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10525280 Walkers call on more cash to be spent on footpaths 5:00AM Tuesday August 05, 2008 By Mathew Dearnaley Delegates at a national walking conference in Auckland are calling for a heftier share of infrastructure spending, after being told by Transport Minister Annette King that pedestrians are good for the economy. Ms King, who arrived at the Waipuna Conference Centre on foot yesterday morning, said new Government research revealed health benefits of $1 a kilometre for pedestrians and 50c for cyclists. Those were conservative values, but more than double a 2002 estimate of 44c for pedestrians and 16c for cyclists. "Walking is certainly one of my favoured modes," Ms King told about 170 delegates at the two-day conference, which has been organised by Living Streets Aotearoa with sponsorship from the newly-formed New...