Brake, the road safety charity is welcoming the Government’s announcement today of a $390m investment in walking and cycling projects, including fully funding Skypath.
Caroline Perry, Brake’s NZ director said: “We are delighted to see this increase in investment for walking and cycling. Sustainable and active travel modes have significant benefits for our health and the environment, and having more people on foot and bike also helps to reduce congestion and lower transport bills. More investment in walking and cycling will help to make these modes of transport more accessible, and improve safety for people on foot and bike.”
Ms Perry says we now also need local councils to play their part in developing sustainable and active transport.
“Some councils are already making progress, but we need to see others doing more to prioritise walking and cycling in transport planning and investment. We know many people would like to walk and cycle more but don’t feel safe doing so. Safe local routes will enable more children to walk or cycle to school and more people to walk or cycle to community facilities and shops, which is beneficial for both public health and the environment.”