Sustainable Communities was privileged to welcome City of Adelaide Lord Mayor, Stephen Yarwood to our public meeting, held on Thursday 23 May 2013 following our 5th AGM.
Stephen spoke about the City of Adelaide’s Smart Move 10 year transport and movement strategy that aims to create better streets and places for people, making the streets safer and more connected, so the city is easier to access and use.
Some of the compelling reasons for increasing walking and cycling and reducing car numbers and speed in the city are:
- Walkers and cyclists are good for business – shops and businesses do better on streets with fewer cars and slower traffic
- Reducing car speeds makes streets safer for pedestrians, saves lives and prevents injuries, makes little difference to travel time for drivers
- Cities that encourage activity and human interactions help to create a healthier population and environment
- Cities that focus on the needs of the people who live, work, shop there are lively, interesting and pleasant – people want to be there!
Thanks Stephen – we are fully in support of these ideas and hope to see them widely adopted in the City of Adelaide and beyond.