Letter: Pedestrians the forgotten road users

Last updated 12:00 28/02/2013

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OPINION: Bronwen Key finally provides a view from the most numerous users of public roadways - pedestrians (Letters, Feb 23-24).

We constantly hear from motorists and cyclists and private vehicle use is fully promoted by the tunnel-visioned institutions responsible for transport, led by the New Zealand Transport Agency - the latest being chief executive Geoff Dangerfield's suggestion we should all drive.

It's time to look at the whole transport system and stop promoting favourite modes.

We should question why a transport system is designed and prioritised for those who choose to live miles from their daily occupations. We should question a system designed around private vehicles - with or without motors. Does the system make the city a fun and lively place? Does it support the most vulnerable in society, the poor, elderly, and children?

At least the traditional and much more sociable means of getting around Wellington survive. They should be promoted too. More public transport and walking, please. People should show their support on Walk to Work Day on March 13.

ELLEN BLAKE

Mt Victoria

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