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Keep active through the alert levels

Local News People
PUBLISHED: 13 MAY 2020

Walking and cycling became the highlight of the day for many people during lockdown and NPDC wants everyone to keep enjoying being active as we head towards lower Covid-19 alert levels.

NPDC’s Let’s Go’s Kym Smith says it was fantastic to see so many people using active travel on the district’s footpaths and walkways and urged workers and children to keep it up as they eventually head back to the office and schools.

“Everyone has been doing a superb job in uniting against Covid-19, staying in their bubbles and keeping apart when exercising. Our walkways have never been as busy and everyone has been so friendly as well while out for their daily stroll or cycle,” she says.

“It would be great for people to keep this up once the lockdown eases. Don’t put your running or walking shoes away or store your bike in the shed for the winter, keep them out and keep enjoying the outdoors as you head to work or school or for fun in the weekends.

"Stay active and keep exploring our walkways and shared pathways – it’s good for you and our environment. Just remember that more cars are returning to our roads so be alert when out and about.”

If your child hasn’t walked or cycled to school before, or you’d like to give them a refresher about the safest route to take, now is a good time to travel the route with them and highlight any trouble spots they might have to manage, such as crossing roads.

Cities across New Zealand have recorded less air pollution and more birdlife in urban areas due to the greatly reduced volume of vehicles on the road. “We can keep contributing to that by leaving our cars at home when we travel – we can help keep our air fresher and cleaner for everyone,” says Kym.