Source: NZ Government, 29 November 2017
A new report launched today by the Associate Minister for
Transport Julie Anne Genter shows that supporting more people to
walk and cycle for transport could have significant public health
Minister Genter today launched theTransport Outlook Future
Statereport, produced by the Ministry of Transport, and theShared
Mobility Simulations for Auckland,prepared by the International
Transport Forum for Auckland Transport and the Ministry of
"The Transport Outlook report shows that around 260 premature
deaths could be prevented if walking and cycling trips increased by
about 50 percent and 250 percent respectively," said Associate
Minister for Transport Julie Anne Genter.
"If we ensure our streets are safer for cycling and walking
it'll be easier for all of us to get a bit more exercise on our way
to work, school or just getting around town. That's great for both
our physical and mental health.
"Ministry of Transport modelling shows a big increase in walking
and cycling is possible with safe cycling infrastructure and more
medium-density housing in the central cities and inner suburbs.
"We know that regular physical exercise halves the risk of
conditions such as stroke, coronary heart disease, and diabetes.
However, less than half of adult New Zealanders get the recommended
150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.
"This is why the new Government has made a commitment to
increase funding in the transport budget for walking and cycling
"It's important to note, however, that a number of the other
scenarios in the Transport Outlook report reflect policies of the
previous Government. I would expect some different outcomes from
the new Government's approach to transport.
"The Shared Mobility report looked at the role on-demand
taxi-bus and shared taxi services could play in Auckland.
"The report suggests that shared mobility could provide feeder
services connecting with rapid rail and bus lines. This could
reduce congestion and the number of car parks needed in central
Auckland," said Ms Genter.