Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Greens and Labour in step with walking and cycling

8 October, 2003

Greens and Labour in step with walking and cycling strategy

The Green Party has welcomed the release of the draft walking and cycling strategy, another outcome of their joint work with Labour on Transport policy.

The Greens provided support for an increase of funding for land transport early last year, provided that some of it was ring fenced for public transport, alternatives to roading, and walking and cycling. The Strategy has been funded out of that money.

Green Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said this was the first step towards enabling New Zealanders to choose pavement and pedal before the motorcar.

"New Zealand needs to rediscover walking and cycling as an essential part of transport," said Ms Fitzsimons.

"Cycle ways, cycle storage, and walking access needs to be provided for this to happen. This Strategy gives an opportunity for public discussion on how that can be achieved in every community."

"One third of all car trips in New Zealand are less than two kilometres long and 40 per cent of morning peak trips are dropping people off to school. However, from 1990 to 1998 the number of cycling trips reduced by 39 per cent while journeys on foot decreased by about 400,000 per day. These trends must change.

"The benefits are obvious. We save money, improve our health and protect the environment every time we choose to walk to cycle somewhere instead of taking the easy but damaging option of the car.

"The Greens urge New Zealanders to give their input on the strategy so that we can provide the choices that will halt the growth of road traffic with its congestion, pollution and fuel use," said Ms Fitzsimons.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Welcoming The Major Health Reforms

Usually “reform” of government agencies is a cost cutting exercise in disguise, but this morning’s revision of the health system looks totally different. These reforms amount to the biggest shake-up of the health system since the neo-liberal reforms of the early 1990s, which have now been completely reversed. Good. The main ingredients announced by Health Minister Andrew Little this morning have included the setting up of a new and truly independent Maori Health Authority... More>>

 

Government: Major Reforms Will Make Healthcare Accessible For All NZers

Putting a greater emphasis on primary healthcare and ensuring fairer access for all New Zealanders are two of the main drivers of health sector reforms announced today by Health Minister Andrew Little. “We are going to put the emphasis squarely ... More>>

ALSO:

Government: Border Exceptions Will See More Families Reunited

Hundreds more families who were separated by the border closure will be reunited under new border exceptions announced today, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said. More>>

ALSO:

National: Proposed Hate Speech Laws A Step Too Far

Reports of the Government’s proposed new hate speech laws go a step too far and risk sacrificing the freedoms New Zealanders enjoy, National’s Justice spokesperson Simon Bridges says. “The reforms are supposedly including protections to every ... More>>

ALSO:


PM Ardern And PM Morrison: Commencement Of Two-Way Quarantine-Free Travel Between Australia And New Zealand

Joint Statement by Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern Commencement of two-way quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand Today, Australia and New Zealand have fulfilled their commitment to establish two-way quarantine free ... More>>

Claire Breen: ACC’s Policy Of Not Covering Birth Injuries Is One More Sign The System Is Overdue For Reform

Claire Breen , University of Waikato Recent media coverage of women not being able to get treatment for birth injuries highlights yet another example of gender bias in healthcare in New Zealand. More>>

Police: Police Accept Findings Of IPCA Report Into Photographs Taken At Checkpoint

Police accept the findings of a report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) relating to photographs taken at a checkpoint in Northland. On November 16, 2019, Police set up a checkpoint down the road from a fight night event in Ruakaka ... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels