In 2018, the biennial 2WALKandCYCLE
conference will be held in Palmerston North, New
Zealand, 30 July - 1 August 2018.
Like many other regional cities in New Zealand, Palmerston
North has been working to make better use of their roading network,
in a way that balances the needs of all users. Under the umbrella
of a Sustainable City Strategy, it has been working to increase
public transport use, encourage more walking and cycling for
commuting and school trips, and shift to a more environmentally
sustainable transport system that caters for the needs of an ageing
population. Alongside investment in city centre infrastructure,
Palmerston North has important connections with the surrounding
region. A new active transport bridge over the Manawatu river will
be constructed during 2018, linking the city with Massey
University. The Manawatu Riverside Walkway has captured the
imagination of locals and is also part of Te Araroa, the
long-distance walking trail.
The theme for 2WALKandCYCLE 2018 is
'Moving Towards Healthy Communities'. International and national
researchers and practitioners will speak about the methods,
policies and programmes they have used to promote walking and
cycling, with a focus on ways that active, human-powered transport
can help achieve the goal of healthier, smarter and more liveable
2WALKandCYCLE 2018 will showcase ways to
enable us to achieve this goal, and will inform our journey towards
transport systems for the future. It will re-examine the balance
between competing demands for space and resources, and ways to
rebalance our transport system to better provide for walking,
cycling and public transport.
The conference will be attended by engineers, town planners,
architects, academics, politicians, advocates and others from a
broad range of organisations such as local and central government,
consultancies, health, universities and advocacy groups.
Find out more about this conference here.