What is Let's Go?

Let’s Go is all about getting people in the New Plymouth district to choose walking, riding or taking the bus over using cars for short trips. We encourage people to get out of their cars and onto our spectacular shared pathways and streetscapes by making walking and cycling the easiest transport choice.

Why Let’s Go?

Let’s Go is an invitation to the New Plymouth community to give walking and cycling a go. Who doesn’t want to live somewhere it is easy to get around by foot and by bike? As our district continues to grow there will be increasing pressure on the roads. If we can build great infrastructure that entices people out of their cars along with running great encouragement campaigns we will have a healthier, happier and more vibrant city, building a lifestyle capital.

How?

Let’s Go has a three pronged approach:

  • Infrastructure – think Te Henui bridges, Coronation Avenue upgrade or bike parking.
  • Education – not only does a community need great infrastructure to get people out of their cars, but also a comprehensive education campaign that supports our community to make different choices. You’ll find Let’s Go at local schools, workplaces and in the community working alongside our community to make it easier to walk, ride and bus.
  • Encouragement – We have summer of events to encourage our community to get out and give it a go. Skills training to give people the necessary skills to ride or perhaps a refresher.

Who?

Let’s Go is part of the Transportation Team at NPDC, working alongside planners, engineers and behaviour change specialists. Get in contact at letsgo@npdc.govt.nz

Background

In June 2010 New Plymouth District Council was one of two Councils (the other was Hastings) awarded a combined $7 million over two years to develop walking and cycling initiatives.

We have branded our project "Let's Go". Let's Go is all about getting our community to choose walking, cycling or the bus for short trips instead of the car. We aim to encourage people out of their cars and onto our spectacular shared pathways and streetscapes by making walking and cycling the easiest transport options.

So why not give it a go and choose a different way to get to work or school!

What is a walking and cycling model community?

A package of works funded by NZTA and local partners to ‘fast track’ a community that can change travel behaviour through improved transport choices.

What’s the advantage of being a model community?

  • New Plymouth will receive ongoing national and international interest.
  • Considerable advancement of sustainable transport infrastructure and education and encouragement projects.
  • A robust monitoring and evaluation programme to ensure best value and success.
  • A large transport modal shift.
  • Maximise the take up of the new bus service.
  • And of course the funding from NZTA to help fund the initiatives.

How are these developments funded?

It all began in June 2010 when New Plymouth District Council was one of two Councils (the other was Hastings) awarded a combined $7 million over two years to develop walking and cycling initiatives to encourage people out of their cars and onto our shared pathways and streetscapes. We branded our project "Let's Go”.

Since then a further $5 million has been awarded to further develop our on and off road networks, and support community initiatives around the district.