Imagine an Auckland where our children look forward to walking or cycling to their school, local dairy and sports practice or hanging with their mates, cycling to explore their neighbourhood. If that sounds familiar, it’s because many of us grew up this way. Research shows active children grow up to be healthier adults. However, current research also shows that only 7% of five-to-seven-year olds are getting the recommended level of moderate to vigorous exercise. The top reason for parents not allowing their children to actively commute to school or explore their neighbourhoods is the fear of traffic and speeding cars.
Vision Zero for Tāmaki-Makaurau sets out how the principles of Vision Zero will be used to create a city and region that allows our children to grow up curious and experience the freedom of being active. As the custodian of our region’s transport systems, Auckland Transport plays a vital role in shaping the future of our region. We’ll make this happen using an evidence-based approach and by refusing to trade off people’s safety for other benefits, making safety our top priority.