Q + A with Charlotte Flaherty

Walker Charlotte Flaherty, of Liberton, Dunedin. Photo: Gerard O'Brien
Walker Charlotte Flaherty, of Liberton, Dunedin. Photo: Gerard O'Brien
WHAT KINDS OF TRIPS DO YOU MAKE?

I walk our dog twice a day. I walk to and from polytechnic (about 2.5km each way) and I walk to the shops if needed, although I mostly shop on the way back from polytechnic as part of the walk.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT IT?

I love the mental space it provides. I walk through the Dunedin Botanic Garden and see the changing seasons. The peaceful surroundings and lack of motor vehicle noise give rise to real enjoyment and let me slow down for a while. I used to cycle but I enjoy walking more.

WHAT WOULD MAKE IT EASIER TO GET AROUND?

A Barnes Dance crossing at the gardens intersection would be a huge benefit to pedestrians. Reducing the camber of the footpath and better placement of drop kerbs in North Rd would improve accessibility. Lime scooters are a brilliant idea, but I'd love it if riders could put them on the inner edge of the footpath, not in the middle of it, when their trip ends.

HOW DO WE GET THERE?

All of us are pedestrians. Even when we use our cars a lot we still walk to and from parking spots. The Barnes Dance crossings in the centre of town have really refreshed the city. I feel respected as a part of the transport system because of this initiative.

 

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