Walking is the ultimate mode of transport. It’s free, there are no parking worries, plus it keeps you fit.
On any given day around Christchurch, thousands of people walk to work, school, the shops and as part of their regular exercise plan.
Post-earthquake Christchurch will continue to develop a safe network of footpaths and walkways as part of its long term plan of creating a world class transport network. While earthquake repair and maintenance is being carried out please utilise the cordoned areas and obey footpath closures for your own safety.
Remember to always walk safely:
‘Safe to Cross? Check Again’ is aimed at encouraging the city’s pedestrians to allow themselves sufficient time to ascertain whether it is safe for them to cross, and not to take unnecessary risks.
All road users can sometimes experience ‘unintentional blindness’ whereby they look but don’t truly see all activity and hazards on the road. To keep themselves safe when crossing roads, pedestrians should check the way is safe and then, always, check again.
We encourages pedestrians to demonstrate responsible behaviour – such as remaining free from distractions such as texting and not starting to cross when the signals are red.
Also, re-emphasise to drivers the need to be constantly alert to the possibility of pedestrians crossing into their path.
'Could they stop? Cross safely' is aimed at jaywalking pedestrians who take risks to get to their destinations.
Often pedestrians believe approaching vehicles could stop in time for them, or if not that they could run fast enough to get out of difficulties. However, drivers may not be able to stop in time, and with so many Christchurch roads under repair, trip hazards present a real danger.
Pedestrians are being urged to cross safely, which may mean walking further to a safer crossing point.
Drivers are also being reminded of the need to be alert to the possibility of pedestrians crossing the road just ahead of them. They need to travel at a speed that will enable them to stop in time if necessary. The campaign involves printed adverts displayed on the sides of bus shelters, sides of buses, posters inside buses, and radio advertising.