The way we get around our local streets has an effect on not only road safety, but on our fitness, health, and happiness. Places with higher rates of active travel and exercise are less likely to suffer from obesity and diabetes.
In 2012 in Māngere Central, people were driving a lot, even just to do short trips within their suburb. As well as this, people driving, walking, and cycling were more likely to be killed or hurt on the road than in other Auckland suburbs. People were being killed or seriously injured just doing normal things like going to the shops, to work, to school, to church, or visiting friends and whānau.