Research Impact: Despite national-level initiatives to encourage active transport (AT) in New Zealand since 2005, rates of AT have continued to decline in most parts of the country, with negative impacts on health and the environment. This article describes the development of key policy recommendations for increasing AT in New Zealand. The development of policy recommendations was a planned outcome of multi-sectoral discussions held at The Active Living and Environment Symposium (TALES; Dunedin, New Zealand; February 2019). A ten-member working group consisting of TALES symposium delegates working in academia, industry and non-governmental organisations led the development of the recommendations. This cross-sector effort resulted in a report with a set of recommendations designed to stimulate the development of a new AT strategy for New Zealand; prompt setting of targets and monitoring progress/outcomes; and inform New Zealand’s response to the World Health Organization’s Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018–2030.
Mandic, S., Jackson, A., Lieswyn, J., Mindell, J.S., Bengoechea, E.G., Spence, J.C., Wooliscroft, B., Wade-Brown C., Coppell K., & Hinckson E. (2020). Development of key policy recommendations for active transport in New Zealand: Multi-sector and multidisciplinary endeavour. Journal of Transport & Health, 18, 100859. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2020.100859