Monday, July 20, 2009

Walking Promotion in NZ

On Friday 24th July 2009, Living Streets Aotearoa will host The Golden Foot Awards. These inaugural national walking awards celebrate and acknowledge organisations that are helping people use their feet more often.

Project representatives and key officials are gathering in Wellington on Friday evening to discover who the winners are. The awards, funded through New Zealand Transport Agency, are being hosted by Living Streets and will be presented by NZTA board member Alick Shaw.

The awards were open to all groups and organisations across the country and nominations included a wide variety of projects. Some were large infrastructure improvements such as the Twin Streams Walk and Cycleway project which has integrated sustainable stormwater management with footpath and cycleway creation in Waitakere. Other projects ranged from a 'walking tree' to encourage children to walk to school, to a new style pedestrian crossing in Lower Hutt.

[Thanks to blog member David Forster in Australia for this contribution. - MH]

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