As the SkyPath project moves into delivery phase, the SkyPath Trust’s role will change from “project champion” to project steering group member. However the Trust recognises that for greater walking and cycling across NZ, there are some significant challenges to be addressed:
- Sensible speeds; traffic speeds on our urban and rural roads should enable safe walking and cycling
- Smarter spending; appropriate investment in walking and cycling, we believe that this should be in the range of 5 – 7% of the annual transport budget
- Safer spaces; improved design standards for walking and cycling provision, and a minimum passing distance of 1.5m (between vehicle and cyclists) made law.
We will be raising these challenges with Transport Minister Simon Bridges and expect to meet him in the New Year to discuss the way forward.