Stop Killing our Children

Created by The Environmental Transport Association (ETA)

Stop Killing our Children examines how road danger damages us all, whatever our age and however we travel, and questions our collective blindness to both its cause and remedy. The 40-minute, crowdfunded film is narrated by the BBC’s John Simpson and features interviews with Chris Boardman, Dr Rachel Aldred, Dr Ian Walker, George Monbiot and the founders of the Stop de Kindermoord movement amongst others. Please help turn the tide against road danger. Please share this film.
Email us at news@eta.co.uk

Safer speeds in Auckland – open letter

Safer speeds and traffic calming is an important tool in the transport carbon emissions reduction toolkit. Our people will only be able to shift from car dependency to low-carbon active travel in the numbers required for an appropriate climate change response, if the unsafe traffic environment in this city is fixed. Making our city safe is the only ethical way forward, shown by the number of children being hit recently even in the nearby area. All have been hit on roads where the speed limits do not meet international guidelines.

Hence my letter to one of the candidates for Councillor in our ward.

Cheers,

Heidi

If you are interested in the follow-up discussion please contact us.

Pt Chev Mystery Bike Hike #1

Did you know you can ride for miles in most directions from Pt Chev, almost entirely free from traffic? Join us for the first of what we hope will be many local bike adventures, exploring off-road connected bike paths in our hood and beyond!

We’ll gather in the town square outside the library – then head off, on an out-and-back ride of ~14km. It’s about half an hour in each direction, so expect to be on the move for around an hour, not counting stops to explore.

Saturday 25 May, 2pm start. Meet in the Pt Chevalier town square near the library, from 1.45pm.

On our return to Pt Chev we’ll hang out at Nomad for a chat. Feel free to stick around!

Given the length of this initial ride, it’s more suitable for adults and teens. Once we’ve tested the concept, we’re planning future rides more suitable for families with children. (If you do want to ride along this time, there’s a natural turnaround point that would make for a shorter 5km route.)

This ride is entirely off-road and on quiet streets, with a couple of road crossings along the way.

Drop us a line to let us know you’re coming, so we can plan ahead. You can also contact us at bikeptchev@gmail.com and via the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/

Make sure your bike’s in good working order before the day – please check your tires and brakes especially!

If we need to reschedule for any reason, we’ll post an update on the chalkboard in the square opposite the library.

TTPC and Healthy Streets Alliance

In line with our Transition Town goals of encouraging the use of lower-carbon transport modes Transition Town Point Chevalier has become a supporter of the Healthy Streets Alliance.

You can learn more about the Healthy Streets concept here and see the video of Lucy Saunders talking in Auckland about the subject here. The group is also aiming to promote safer speeds, Vision Zero, the work of health academic alliance, Healthy Auckland Together, and Neighbourhoods for Active Kids. Essentially, the group is looking to promote the benefits of having safe, low-speed, low-traffic, well-designed city environments so people can live active, healthy  lives in their communities.

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Speed Limit Bylaw – excellent video from AT

The speed limit bylaw consultation is a really important step to bringing a healthier, lower carbon transport network to Auckland, where it’ll be much more appealing to Aucklanders to actively move around our city.

With so much bad information circulating about the consultation speeds, I thought you might be interested in watching this inspiring video from AT. Their myths and misconceptions page is really good.

https://ourauckland.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/articles/news/2019/03/speed-limit-bylaw-myths/

If you’re following the damaging position the AA has taken on the subject, my post in Greater Auckland today discusses the survey they are trying to use to strengthen their position. There’s much more on that subject to come.

the huge subsidy to driving

The EU has calculated its subsidy to driving is €500 billion per year.

Also, even at the current low rates of walking and cycling due to unpleasant traffic environments:

“Due to positive health effects, cycling is an external benefit worth €24 billion per year and walking €66 billion per year.”

In NZ, the subsidy to driving per capita will be significantly higher than it is in Europe due to our sprawl and high car dependency.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921800918308097?dgcid=coauthor

This information could be useful when you are face-to-face with regressive car dependent people complaining about spending money on cycleways or arguing against the changes to our systems that would boost cycling numbers, such as 30 km/hr speeds. Cycleways give us a return on investment. Roads are what cost too much.

good articles on carbon emissions reductions from better transport planning

A couple of good articles showing that we are right to push for cycleways and better walking amenity as an important way to reduce carbon emissions. Transport carbon emissions are big, and the easiest thing to target while also improving our lifestyle and health.

Simon Wilson:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12172563

Forbes:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/carltonreid/2018/12/05/cycleways-quickly-encourage-people-to-drive-less-finds-study-from-car-dependent-new-zealand/#4d5775022617