A practical approach for New Zealand

Improving access to local services is inclusive, efficient and has many wider benefits for sustainable community development. However markets operate within narrower contexts than social need, so these wider benefits are often not reflected in the way services and destinations are provided. This chapter explains how accessibility measures could be used to help secure wider benefits, including more sustainable and inclusive communities.

Each person and organisation has different preferences and goals. Improving accessibility beyond the lowest common denominator relies upon raising the common understanding of what an attractive neighbourhood might comprise and the sort of solutions which can be delivered to foster:

·         an inclusive society

·         more active travel

·         local economies of scale through working partnerships.

In chapter 3 it was shown the following is required:

·         stated views of accessibility (which form the base on which to build)

·         social indicators quantifying as far as possible the accessibility opportunities available

·         comparative measures showing the extent to which the neighbourhood caters for the interests of all groups.