Posted on: April 14, 2020 at 12:26 PM    

For many people, the COVID-19 lockdown has allowed us to spend time walking around our neighbourhood. This may be the first opportunity you have had to spend time exploring your local area for some time. Those of you who are parents, like me, may be exploring the local area by going on a bear hunt. I even go out on walks with superheroes these days!

Walking is one of the best things we can do to contribute to our health and wellbeing during the lockdown and it is more important than ever that everyone in our community can use the footpath. You may notice that some of the footpaths are not in good condition. It may be that the path is uneven, cracked or overgrown vegetation has resulted in the footpath no longer being wide enough. An example I came across a few days ago shows overgrown vegetation reducing the footpath width.

We can all be superheroes by reporting issues we come across, that make it unsafe or difficult to walk. Imagine if you had a disability, or even just struggled with walking. Would the walk you do today be safe and comfortable for everyone? If not, you can do something about it.

Councils cannot fix a problem if they don’t know about it, so your feedback is vital. All local councils have a system that allows you to report problems or concerns. There may be a delay in responding to the issue due to the current COVID-19 regulations and priorities but typically, councils respond within three working days. Here is a link to my local council (CCC) website reporting form: https://ccc.govt.nz/contact-us/report-a-problem

This is the third blog in our series of 'Bubble Blogs'. During the COVID-19 lockdown, our 'People and Places' team will reflect on insights and experiences related to the work that we do. See also Bubble Blog #1: Reclaiming the Streets, Bubble Blog #2: Repurposing our infrastructure and keep an eye out for Bubble Blog #4!

Blog written by Tracy Fleming, Senior Transportation Engineer

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