The business case for pedestrians in Auckland

The business case for pedestrians in Auckland

Alexia Russell reports for Newsroom on how pedestrians can boost the Auckland economy. This article features Jagas Paving Tiles in the photograph of central Auckland’s Vulcan Lane shown above. 

“Measuring pedestrian traffic volumes and helping walkers to traverse the city faster could boost Auckland’s economy by millions.”

For the first time since the 1950s there are more people commuting into Auckland’s city centre by public transport, walking, and cycling, than by driving. The resident population of the city is 50,000 – it’s doubled over the last 10 years. There are now 110,000 jobs in the CBD and an estimated half a million walking trips around the city every week day.

Yet while we count cars and buses, and plan for the future based on how many we see, there’s no systematic way to estimate future walking volumes. The Auckland Council’s city centre design unit has been working on changing that, developing a business case for walking – subtitled Counting Walking to Make Walking Count. Read more.