Abley is pleased to be a sponsor for the 2019 New Zealand Walking Summit on 20 and 21 June in Auckland where Courtney Groundwater will be presenting on ‘The Role of Walkability and Social and Demographic Composition in Valuing Public Transport’.
Measuring the value of public transport is one important step towards understanding and improving our networks. The mechanisms for measurement of the value of public transport in New Zealand are predominantly financial. To get a well-balanced system, value also needs to incorporate social and accessibility aspects.
The unavailability of a transport service for the 'first and last mile', particularly for those who have difficulty getting around, is acknowledged as one of the main deterrents to using public transport. Ease of walking access for this part of the journey influences demand for public transport which in turn, influences the value of the service.
Courtney’s presentation looks at walking and access provision in relation to the social and demographic make-up of a community and provides practitioners with a framework of information that considers the social and accessibility implications of any change in service provision.