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HOBART CYCLISTS CELEBRATE 8-80 CITIES MOVEMENT WITH A CONGA LINE OF 73 RIDERS

posted May 23, 2013, 4:29 PM by Austin Greenwood
MEDIA ALERT
11.00am, 25th May 2013
Princes Wharf 1 forecourt, Castray Esplanade, just across from Salamanca markets, Hobart
[will be some good vision/shots of a diversity of bike riders of all shapes and sizes]
HOBART CYCLISTS CELEBRATE 8-80 CITIES MOVEMENT WITH A CONGA LINE OF 73 RIDERS
 
Conga line of 73 pedestrians and bike riders aged from 8 years through to 80 years will gather part of '8-80 cities' movement. The 8-80 city philosophy is that if the city is designed for an 8 year old and an 80 year old then it will be people friendly enough for everyone. This liveable cities movement has spread from the Americas across the world and influenced cities such as New York, Bogata (Columbia), London and Toronto.
 
  • 8-80 Cities are communities built for people. They reflect social equality in the public realm and promote sustainable happiness.
  • They nurture our need to be physically active by providing safe, accessible and enjoyable places for everyone walk, bike and be active as part of our daily routine.
  • They recognize that people are social creatures and prioritize human interaction by fostering vibrant streets and great public places where people can rest, relax and play.
  • 8-80 Cities encourage sustainable and healthy lifestyles for everyone regardless of age, gender, ability, ethnicity or economic background.
 
At this event, Bicycle Tasmania is calling for all levels of government to plan for people. The recent federal and state government budget announcements are fairly depressing reading for active transport. There was no funding for the university to city links in Nation Building 2, which means no Battery Point walkway for the time being. It's important that the roads funding that we did get should include positive provisioning for pedestrians and bike riders, so that there is ongoing improvement for all modes of transport, not just for cars and heavy vehicles.

  
Link to the 8-80 article in yesterday's Mercury
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