Turning the tide: from cars to active transport

In February 2019, 55 New Zealand and international experts met to discuss the results of their most recent research on active transport and its benefits for human health and sustainability at The Active Living and Environment Symposium (TALES). The evidence of such benefits is clear and provocative. Despite this we continue to see a decrease in rates of active transport in New Zealand. This degradation of healthy patterns of movement does not have to continue. Many international examples illustrate where action has resulted in a renaissance in active transport. Cities and towns are again being designed as great places to be, rather than great places to move through in a car. Making this shift requires strong leadership and action. The recommended actions are not complex, but they are sensitive given our current car dependent lives. The experts at the TALES symposium have sought to capture in this plan the key actions we need to commit to if we are to create a healthy and sustainable transport system for New Zealand’s future wellbeing. This plan provides: 1. an overview of the benefits of active transport in the context of the Treasury’s Living Standards Framework; 2. a summary of the current levels of active transport in New Zealand; and, 3. recommendations of actions we should take to put New Zealand on a long term pathway to improve the wellbeing of the nation as a whole.


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  • Pagination: 27p

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  • Accession Number: 01704815
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 9780473477943
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 20 2019 10:44AM