Walking SA Leadership Development

Walking SA, as the peak body for recreational walking in South Australia, has received funding from The Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing to assist clubs in capacity building over this financial year.

We are embarking on a program to help you develop your club leadership skills base to maintain and grow your club walks program. Essentially – to get more people walking more often.

This project is being delivered in the following ways:

  1. Survey to determine need, complete the survey
  2. Leadership Development Workshop April, 2021 – tailored to recognised needs based on survey responses and club consultation
  3. Heavily subsidised places in Bushwalking Leadership SA courses for 2020/2021

For club members interested in participating, applications are through your club committee.  You can either go directly to the club, or get in touch with us indicating which club you belong to, and we will notify the club of your expression of interest.

Each club has a minimum of one 97% subsidised place on the Day Walk Course ($15 investment saving $495 discount), with limited spots available on the extensive Bushwalking Leadership Certificate ($50 investment saving a whopping $1370 – over 97% subsidised).  preference given to clubs running, or intending to run, overnight bushwalking events.

For individual members: The leadership project is for you too!  There are limited discounted places available on the leadership courses for individual members.  We also welcome your input on other aspects of the program. Please get in touch with project officer Rod: rod.quintrell@walkingsa.org.au to express your interest.

Super Tuesday – Ten years of collecting cycling and (now) walking data in the City of Adelaide

For a decade now volunteers have counted cyclists at key locations in an around the City of Adelaide for two hours on the first Tuesday in March – known as Super Tuesday.

Adopting the belief that “what is counted counts”, Walking SA is always looking for data on the amount of walking being done, and this year put a call out for volunteers to participate to count pedestrians, undertaking a similar count as that of the cyclists.

At this stage we are only looking to establish trends in the amount of urban walking being done. (We have some pretty good data about walking on the main bush trails.) We are looking for counts wherever we have volunteers willing and able to undertake them.

We are not looking for those locations where there are lots of pedestrians, such as King William Street. There are usually too many to count, and in any case what those very busy locations tell us is the importance of the location rather than the popularity of walking.

Responses to our request for volunteers, as well as some of those counting cyclists also being willing to count pedestrians, resulted in a total of 14 locations being counted.

Count Results

Pedestrians counted 7am to 9am Tuesday 3 March, 2020.

Location Pedestrians counted
Fitzroy Tce / Braund 23
Outer Harbor Greenway / Parklands Trail 30
Port Road / Gaol Road 110
Dequetteville Tce / King William Street (Kent Town) 102
Morphett St / Hindley St 195 (7am to 8am only)
Osmond Tce / William St 34
Fullarton Rd / William St 94
Fullarton Rd / Kensington Rd (Britannia roundabout) 45
Frome St / Wakefield St 303
West Tce / Sir Donald Bradman Dr 202
West Tce / Sturt St 98
East Tce / South Tce / Beaumont Rd 232
West Tce / South Tce 77
Westside Bikeway / South Road 18

Thanks to all those who came out on what was an usually cold Tuesday morning.

Hopefully we can have a similar or bigger effort next year, so that we can start observing trends.

If you would like to help out, please contact Ian Radbone, Walking SA Board member and Super Tuesday manager.

July 13: Covid-19 update for walking club activities

Relevant to walking clubs:

[view previous June 19 advice on numbers]

SA Health and SAPOL have made factsheets available to clarify restrictions related to:

Of particular note, the SA Health food safety team have clarified with SAPOL that BBQ’s will now be classified as “take away food” rather than communal food, which allows sausage sizzles and BBQ’s to be held at recreation/sporting venues. Certain measures must still be taken to reduce the risk of infection, including:

  • People being served must practice physical distancing when lining up to order and practice good hygiene.
  • No self-service of condiments etc. (person serving the food must apply condiments).
  • Cooked food must be protected from contamination and stored away from the area where orders are placed.

SA Health have also advised that shared food (i.e. oranges, lollies and recovery food) is still considered communal food and is not permitted.

Please refer to covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations/public-activities for the latest information.

In accordance with Step 3 of the Roadmap and Emergency Management Directions, please note the following:

Density and Physical Distancing

  • Physical distancing measures must still be followed.
  • 1 person per 2 square metres.
  • 1.5 metres between people.
  • Room/venue limits will be subject to the 1 person per 2 square meters rule, so size of the room will determine capacity.
  • Outdoor recreation activities (such as walking/hiking) do not need to maintain records for the purposes of contact tracing.

Food and beverages

  • Purchase and consumption of food or beverages (including alcohol) is permitted as long as no communal food or beverage service areas are used (i.e. buffets, salad bars, water/beverage dispensers)
  • Team sharing of food during and after training and competition is not permitted (i.e. half time oranges, recovery food etc).
  • Food or beverages can now be consumed whilst seated or standing.

Communal facilities

  • Communal changing rooms, shower facilities and sauna or spa facilities and toilets are now permitted to be used.

Please refer to the Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions for any questions you may have.

Game On – building a more active SA

Did you know that if we can get moving for 150 minutes a week, we could save $100,764 in health system cost savings to government across a lifetime.

The newly released Game On plan by the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing (ORSR) aims to get more South Australians moving. We participated in the consultation period.

Aspects include encouraging people to prioritize physical activity, create more accessible high quality open spaces, and enabling safe walking for transport. The report is a plan for all sport and recreation stakeholders, government and non-government bodies, to collectively create the environments and opportunities to build a more active SA.

Find out more at gameonsa.com.au.

Covid-19 restrictions easing from 19 June: Walking Groups may increase numbers from 20 to 75

From this Friday, 19 June 2020, each walking group can increase from 20 to 75. Physical distancing of one person per 4sqm must still be maintained. The total number of people who can gather in one location has increased from 80 to 300 (up to 4 groups of 75). Each group of up to 75 should remain separate.

It is anticipated that the next stage of easing will occur on Monday 29 June. From this date, it is expected that group number limits will be removed, however, the limit of one person per 4sqm will remain in place.

Hygiene and cleaning practices should remain in place, and clubs should continue to maintain a process for tracking participants (in the event of an infection outbreak, this will be important to minimise the spread).

Please note the above restrictions are not recommendations by Walking SA, these are legally enforceable restrictions that we are passing on from the Premier, through the Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing (ORSR).

Related previous advice:

  1. Effective June 1: Walking Club Activities, transition to Step 2 of the SA Roadmap for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions
  2. Effective May 11: Plan for resumption of walking club activities – Level B

The Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing official advice effective 19 June 2020 is:

The key points that relate to sport and recreation are as follows:

Introduction of Stage 2.5 – from Friday 19 June

  • This will be an interim step before we move to Stage 3 of the roadmap
  • The number of people allowable in a room (or a group outside) within a venue will increase from 20 to 75 providing 1 person per 4 square metres can be accommodated. This will apply to training or competition groups.
  • The total number of people allowed in a venue will increase from 80 to 300 providing 1 person per 4 square metres can be accommodated. Again this will apply to all people, indoor and outdoor who are gathered at a club.

Stage 3 will commence earlier than expected on Monday 29 June

  • There will be no room or venue limit. This will be replaced with only a density requirement of 1 person per 4 square metres

From Monday 20 July

  • Border restrictions will be lifted
  • There will be no requirement on entry to SA to self-isolate for 14 days

While gyms for individual workouts can increase numbers in line with the above roadmap, increasing the cap of 10 participants in dance and fitness classes is still being considered.

We are still waiting on guidance regarding indoor contact sport.

As always organisations must submit their COVID Safe Plan before commencing activity and should ensure that cleaning and hygiene regimes are enforced.

Walking Club Activities, transition to Step 2 of the SA Roadmap for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions, effective June 1

This advice has since been updated

From this Friday, 19 June 2020, each walking group can increase from 20 to 75. Physical distancing of one person per 4sqm must still be maintained. The total number of people who can gather in one location has increased from 80 to 300 (up to 4 groups of 75). Each group of up to 75 should remain separate. Read more.

Restrictions and advice affecting walking clubs

Effective June 1

Today we have received confirmation from the Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing (ORSR), that walking clubs will be able to increase walk numbers up to 20 participants per group (plus 1 walk leader, totaling 21 people), from 1 June 2020. Other than the increase in numbers, all recommendations around distancing and hygiene maintenance still apply (1.5m between participants should still be maintained, and 1 person per 4 square metres). No more than 4 groups of 20 should be ‘gathered’ at any one time.

The ORSR is recommending that all clubs complete a COVID-19 Safe Plan prior to recommencing, however this is only mandatory for groups/clubs using clubrooms.

The recent specific advice issued by ORSR can be viewed on their website.

View the supporting advice (but note the above changes).

Covid-19 restrictions easing, where can you walk? Effective Monday 11 May 2020

Covid-19 return to sport – Level B – effective Monday 11 May 2020From Monday 11 May 2020, some COVID-19 social distancing restrictions in South Australia have been eased.

You can now, provided you are well, not in self isolation and follow social distancing and hygiene measure guidelines:

  • go for a walk in your neighbourhood
  • walk in a national park, forest or reserve
  • travel throughout the State to go for a walk
  • walk in a group, provided there are 10 people or less
  • join a walk with a walking club (walking clubs should refer to Plan for resumption of walking club activities – Level B)
  • camp in a national park campsite
  • camp in a Forestry SA campsite – but only from Monday 25 May 2020
  • hike and camp on the Heysen Trail (previously it was restricted to day-walkers only)

Find a trail to go for a walk: view map or browse over 700 walks.

Covid-19: Plan for resumption of walking club activities – Level B – effective Monday 11 May 2020

This advice has since been updated

From this Friday, 19 June 2020, each walking group can increase from 20 to 75. Physical distancing of one person per 4sqm must still be maintained. The total number of people who can gather in one location has increased from 80 to 300 (up to 4 groups of 75). Each group of up to 75 should remain separate. Read more.

As restrictions from COVID-19 ease, the Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing advised all peak sporting and recreation bodies of the requirement to submit a plan for resumption of activities, which adhered to the national and state regulations. The formal, approved plan for walking is below. The key points are to:

  • Maintain walking groups of 10 or fewer
  • Maintain physical distance and hygiene practices
  • Avoid sharing equipment

Covid-19: Plan for resumption of walking club activities – Level B

Covid-19 return to sport – Level B – effective Monday 11 May 2020

This plan for walking clubs has been formulated in accordance with, and is effective immediately:

National guidelines

South Australian Restrictions

Overview

The resumption of walking activities can contribute many health, economic, social and cultural benefits to Australian society emerging from the COVID-19 environment and international evidence to-date is suggestive that outdoor activities are a lower risk setting for COVID-19 transmission.

The resumption of activities should not compromise the health of individuals or the community and will be based on objective health information to ensure activities are conducted safely and do not risk increased COVID-19 local transmission rates.

During Level B restrictions, walking club activities will be restricted to groups of 10 or fewer. Moving to the next stage of restrictions (Level C) will be dependent upon National, State/Territory and/or Local Public Health Authority guidance.  Importantly, resumption of walking club activities may be non-linear. Increasing restrictions may be required in response to fluctuating numbers of COVID-19 cases. All organisations need to be flexible to accommodate and respond to changes in community transmission rates and the associated changes in advice from Public Health Authorities.

At all times walking clubs must respond to the directives of Public Health Authorities. Localised outbreaks may require organisations to again restrict activity and those organisations must be ready to respond accordingly. The detection of a positive COVID-19 case in a sporting or recreation club or organisation will result in a standard public health response, which could include quarantine of the group, and close contacts, for the required period.  Due to the risks associated with large gatherings all walking club activities should limit those present to the minimum required to support the participants. All meeting venues should be assessed to ensure precautions are taken to minimise risk to those participating by accommodating social distancing requirements. Ideally, meeting points should be outside at the walk location and walk routes should favour loops or ‘there and back’ to avoid car-shuffles, noting many cars would not meet distancing requirements. Some walking clubs meet indoors prior to commencing walks or finish their walks with a social activity indoors. As recommended by the national guidelines, the current approach to club activities should focus on ‘get in, walk, get out’, minimising unnecessary contact in bathrooms and indoor areas. During Level B restrictions, walk leaders should choose clearly marked walking trails to minimise the likelihood of any first aid contact being required.  Ensure club safety protocols are in place, including a communication plan for each activity undertaken (e.g. mobile phones are carried, and numbers exchanged). Clubs and individuals should apply a graded return to mitigate injury risk, understanding that sudden increase in training load will predispose to injury.

All walks should be conducted with the social distancing and other requirements in place at the time, ensuring no contact between participants. This includes:

  • 1.5 metre minimum distance between participants
  • 4m2 minimum area per person
  • No single gathering shall exceed 10 people

For these purposes, a walk conducted by a club or involving club members is considered a gathering. Walks involving more than one club should not be held unless the total number attending is fewer than 10. Where a walking group exceeds 10 people, the walk should be split into 2 or more separate groups so that none exceed 10 people. If there is a possibility the number of people attending a walk will exceed 10, the leader should organise additional leaders for the separate groups. Where the groups intend to follow the same route, the leader of each following group must ensure that the group does not overlap or merge with the group ahead.

The configuration of each group shall not change during the walk. Except as necessary to deal with an emergency, participants should not move into a different group part way through the walk. Where possible, the walk participants should register with the walk leader before commencing. A simple record of all participants in each walk should be kept for at least 2 months to assist with contact tracing in the event a participant becomes unwell.

Steps for clubs to take prior to recommencing activities:

  • Provide advice to all participants not to return to club activities if in the last 14 days they have been unwell or had contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19. Any individual with respiratory symptoms (even if mild) should be considered a potential case and must immediately self-isolate, have COVID-19 excluded and be medically cleared by a doctor to return to the training environment.
  • Create a club-specific protocol for recording walk participants and managing illness or injury (both during walks and if alerted to a participant’s illness after a club activity). Special consideration should be made for any participants with medical conditions as they may be more vulnerable to COVID-19 infection.
  • Have cleaning protocols in place for any equipment and facilities utilised.
  • If relevant, provide hand hygiene (hand sanitisers) on entry and exit to meeting venues
  • Advise walk leaders to plan walks based upon the guidelines contained within this plan.
  • Communicate this plan (and any club-specific steps) to all club members.

Steps for all club members:

  • Apply personal hygiene (wash hands or use hand sanitisers) pre and post activities. Consider bringing hand-sanitizer for personal use.
  • Do not share drink bottles, food, cups, plates, or any utensils for cooking, eating or drinking, or other personal items.
  • Do not attend any walks or activities if unwell (contact doctor).
  • Spitting and clearing of nasal/respiratory secretions while walking must be strongly discouraged.
  • Thorough full body shower with soap before and after walking club activities (at home).
  • No socialising or group meal.

We’re calling on all local governments to prioritise projects that enable walking and cycling

COVID-19 has created a huge increase in walking activity. Walking SA, together with BISA, Bike SA and the Heart Foundation, calls on all local governments to prioritise projects that enable walking and cycling.

During COVID-19, more people have chosen to be active every day in local neighbourhoods. Participation in walking and cycling has significantly increased. The provision of footpaths and safe crossings, open space and access to roads in our neighbourhoods is more important than ever. Walking SA encourages prioritisation of projects that enable active, safe and connected communities.

View statement (PDF)

The call

Letter from Walking SA, Heart Foundation, Bicycle Institute of South Australia and Bike SA.

11 May 2020

Dear Mayor, Councillors and CEO,

In these difficult and unprecedented times, we would like to congratulate you on your continued support of your community.

During COVID-19, more people are choosing to be active every day in local neighbourhoods. Participation in walking and cycling has significantly increased. The provision of footpaths and safe crossings, open space, and access to roads in our neighbourhoods are more important than ever.

We recognise that council budgets have been impacted both by a reduction in some forms of revenue, and by additional expenditure required due to the current situation. As you are re-assessing your budgets for the upcoming cycle, we encourage you to prioritise projects that enable active, safe, and connected communities.

We call on you for your commitment to:

  1. Shovel-ready walking and cycling projects. Increased budgets and commitment to delivering basic, safe and innovative walking infrastructure with construction and maintenance of: footpaths, safe pedestrian crossings and refuges, wider kerb ramps, signalised crossings with a shorter cycle and phasing to suit seniors, vision impaired, people with disabilities and children to safely cross the road
  2. Temporary street closures or shared zones to allow for people to safely walk and ride on local streets during COVID-19
  3. Slower designed streets and speed limit reduction for all people to walk and cycle safely
  4. Wider, connected and safe footpaths (which also allows for essential physical distancing)
  5. Better shading of all paths through tree planting and shading structures
  6. Local mixed used and multi-generational parks, playgrounds, nature play and green space that create community hubs and destinations within walking/cycling distance of homes
  7. Separated walking pathways from bicycles, e-bikes and e- scooters in high traffic or commuter routes
  8. Removal of slip lanes that cause unnecessary risk to walkers and riders, or an addition of zebra crossings until slip lanes have been removed
  9. Commitment to implement your local walking and cycling strategies, preferably integrated into an overall active transport and recreation strategy. Develop strategies if
  10. Liveable and active streets designed for all: children and our more vulnerable walking or wheeling residents
  11. Investment in walking programs (10,000 Steps, Heart Foundation Walking, parkrun and local bushwalking groups) through local funding, resources and supportive

We know how important a safe and healthy community is to you. Walking and cycling facilities are one of the lowest cost services that you can provide to your residents to improve their health and wellbeing, generate better community cohesion and create benefits for local business.

Thank you for your interest in supportive active communities. We would be happy to talk to you about how you can support our organisations and the localised active travel and recreation of neighbourhoods for your residents, businesses, and visitors.

For any further queries, contact Helen Donovan, Executive Director helen.donovan@walkingsa.org.au or 0457 006 620 on behalf of Walking SA, the Bicycle Institute of South Australia, Bike SA and the National Heart Foundation of Australia.

On behalf of Walking SA, Heart Foundation, Bicycle Institute of South Australia and Bike SA.

Help us to add more trails to our list of walks

We’re seeking info on just over 200 unlisted trails, so that we can expand our popular list of walks on our website. Currently with 630 walks listed around the state, it helps people to explore walking opportunities near them.

Remember during these Covid-19 times, you’ll need to follow social distancing and health measures, including any limitations on group size. Also note, whilst national parks and forests are open, some private locations remain closed at this time.

Trails we are seeking info on

We have a shortlist of 200 trails and walks we are seeking information on:

  1. view all walks on a map (200)
  2. or Doc #1: List of Bushwalks (143)
  3. or Doc #2: List of Suburban walks (43)
  4. or Doc #3: List of Historical walks (16)

Trails sorted by regions

You can view the same docs of trails we are seeking info on, but filtered by region:

Bushwalks (143) by regions:

Suburban walks (43) by regions:

To provide info on a trail

If you are interested to provide information for a trail, please let us know via the form below so we can update our spreadsheet to note that you are collecting information, so we can avoid multiple people doing the same work.

To add a marked trail or named trail (or a walk from our shortlist) to our website, please visit:
https://www.walkingsa.org.au/walk/submit-a-walk/

Before submitting your walk

Please ensure:

  • The walk is a named or marked trail, or one where directions are easy to follow
  • If the walk is not listed above on the trails we are seeking info on, then check that the walk is not already listed in our Find a Place to Walk directory
  • The walk is on public land (such as a reserve, park, pathway or beach). If the walk is on private land, that the landowner permits walking
  • The walk is in South Australia

Info we’re looking for on each trail

  • name of trail
  • brief description and the best thing about the trail
  • where to find maps
  • some photos
  • on some trails, some GPS data like a GPX file exported from a GPS device, smartphone or smartwatch (popular apps include Strava, or on iPhone myTracks or Open GPX Tracker, or on Andriod GPS Logger, or GPS Logger by BasicAirData)

Let us know you are going to provide information

If you are interested to provide information for a trail, please let us know via the form below so we can update our spreadsheet to note that you are collecting information, so we can avoid multiple people doing the same work.


Pedestrian safety in the Adelaide CBD – why are there no 25km/h school zones?

The area of the Adelaide CBD and road network within 200 metres of a school

Across South Australia zones around schools have a 25km/h limit within 200m of a school, marked with zig zag lines. Except in the CBD. Although there are more than 150 educational institutions here, you won’t see any zig zag lines or school zone signs.

The nine major schools in the CBD have been mapped, showing where the 200m zones would be. 20% of the City’s streets would be within school zones if they were anywhere else in the State.

It seems that we as a community have decided that it is so important to move traffic quickly on the City’s streets that normal safety standards protecting our children should not apply. And this is despite the City having by far the highest number of pedestrians being hit in the State. The most common time for pedestrian crashes are on weekdays and between 8-9am and 3-4pm, that is, when children are going to and from school.

If we are not to have 20% of our streets subject to 25km/h speed limits when school children are present, surely a broad 40km/h speed limit seems reasonable?

The Cars That Ate Mannum

This is a story similar in name, with some comparisons, to the Cars that demanded to behave how they chose in a 1974 Peter Weir movie.

We have lived in the River town of Mannum for 14 years and been part of the Heart Foundation Walking program since 2012. I walk the walk with my dog friend Minnie who demands an outing every morning. With the Heart Foundation Walkability Checklist in hand this story of observation and questions about regional infrastructure begins.

In Mannum there is a lack of sealed and level made walking paths along most streets to suit all ability walking. Many of the walking paths are of a granite or limestone gravel construction that are often rutted and angled. So pedestrians and mobility scooters are forced to use roads in competition with the cars.

A few things stand out on our daily walks here, the first being a lack of sealed and level made walking paths along most streets to suit all ability walking. Many of the walking paths about this town are of a granite or limestone gravel construction that are often rutted and angled. Pedestrians and mobility scooters in turn use the roads in competition with the Cars, a bad option, for a safer surface to navigate the town. Our Councillor, Steve Wilkinson, campaigned for footpath upgrades more than once in Council meetings. Sadly we lost Steve, our only footpath campaigner, when he was hit by a vehicle and killed while riding his bicycle on Hunter Road east of Mannum in April 2019.

In Mannum cars are often parked on the roadside paths, forcing pedestrians to walk on the street.

As for the Cars, they randomly park on our walking paths around the town, sometimes in small herds similar to the Peter Weir movie. For some reason Cars must be parked as close as possible to the entrance of houses to reduce the time wasted walking any distance. Is this a global phenomena to reduce any chance of enhancing personal fitness? Unfortunately very few infringements or re-education notices are directed towards the Cars That Ate Mannum so far, possibly to keep the Cars happy and because a complaint must be submitted.

A car parked across the footpath forces vulnerable people with a disability to leave the footpath

So often it is not until we wear the shoes of those afflicted with a disability that we can appreciate the failings of design and infrastructure like walking surface quality or path ramps that lead nowhere with the lack of a safe path to walk or use a mobility aid. I have asked many local residents what they think of our walking infrastructure with most responses from all age groups being uncomplimentary, the Cars as expected they do not care. Our statewide “Regional Development” funding is often seen as being for tourism hiking/biking trails, town beautification or business support. But do the needs of permanent residents of the regions by way of safe and accessible all ability township paths need to be treated as a priority with “Regional Development” plans?

The Cars will still care less about blocking walking paths and those that use them until one day the Cars driver needs to walk the walk for their health or is confined to using a mobility aid. Can the Cars be educated to be more people friendly on and off the roads?

Gavin Smith
A Mannum local resident

Walking SA response to Portrush and Magill Road Intersection Upgrade

Walking SA strongly opposes the intersection upgrade at Portrush Rd and Magill Rd because:

  • DPTI (Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure) continues to focus on expensive road projects that offer short-term solutions
  • DPTI offers very little investment or focus on safer, greener, active transport options
  • It is irresponsible to acquire and demolish homes and businesses during a pandemic.

Our Coronavirus (COVID-19) response

Along with the rest of the community, Walking SA is concerned about and monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and are thinking of you, your families and friends. The safety and health of our members, volunteers, supporters, staff and the South Australian community are our first priority – we are following the advice of health experts and government.

Can you go for a walk?

7 April 2020: During COVID-19 social distancing going for a walk in your neighbourhood or a nearby national park is OK, provided you are well, not in self isolation and follow social distancing guidelines. Find a trail near you for a short walk.

Walking SA activities

Further to increasing COVID-19 restrictions, please note that all Walking SA activities have been cancelled, postponed or have taken on a non-face-to-face format until the end of June 2020 or until further notice.

Walking SA administration and support is continuing remotely but the office at Marleston is now closed until further notice.

Advice to bushwalking and outdoors clubs

The Walking SA Board advises all bushwalking and outdoors clubs to:

For the future

We look forward to everyone resuming and enjoying bushwalking and outdoor activities when it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Please get in touch if you need any additional information.

Walking SA and the Heart Foundation commend the upgrade to automated pedestrian crossings

The City of Adelaide recently automated signalised pedestrian crossings throughout the city in response to COVID-19. Research shows that automated pedestrian crossings lead to a significant reduction in vehicle-pedestrian conflicts and Walking SA and the Heart Foundation have received a lot of positive feedback from members of the public who are enjoying the results of this initiative.

Given the support of this ‘pilot’ implementation of automated signalised pedestrian crossings, the Heart Foundation and Walking SA call for the City of Adelaide to make this change permanent.

View statement (PDF)

The call

Letter from Walking SA and Heart Foundation.

7 April 2020

The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Adelaide Sandy Verschoor
City of Adelaide GPO Box 2252
ADELAIDE SA 5001

Dear Lord Mayor

Re: Successful implementation of automated pedestrian signalling

The Heart Foundation and Walking SA are the leading organisations in South Australian championing walking and active living for health, transport and recreation.

Our vision is to see more people walking more often.

We would like to commend the City of Adelaide on its recent automation of signalised pedestrian crossings throughout the city. Research shows that automated pedestrian crossings leads to a significant reduction in vehicle-pedestrian conflicts 1.

We have received positive feedback from members of the public who applaud your initiative in taking this action.

Not only does this automation prioritise the immediate community health concerns relating to COVID-19, it also shows a demonstrable priority for public health more generally by improving the experience of pedestrians. As the environment is improved for pedestrians, more people will choose to walk to their destinations.

Given the acceptance of this ‘pilot’ implementation of automated signalised pedestrian crossings, the Heart Foundation and Walking SA call for the City of Adelaide to make this change permanent.

Along with making this initiative permanent, we see an opportunity to alter signal timing to give pedestrians more walk time. For more information please see Walking SA’s position statement on improving pedestrian signal phasing – https://www.walkingsa.org.au/our-work/position- statements/the-green-man/

More people walking contributes to economic vitality, a carbon neutral state, reduces congestion, builds social cohesion, and promotes our state as a great place to visit and live. It also reduces burden on our health system by reducing individuals’ risk of chronic disease and promoting mental wellbeing.

If you would like further information please contact the Walking SA Executive Director at office@walkingsa.org.au.

Yours sincerely

Imelda Lynch
Chief Executive SA/NT
Heart Foundation
Tuesday Udell
Chairperson
Walking SA
  1. Hughes, R., Huang, H., Zegeer, C., & Cynecki, M. (2000). Automated Detection of Pedestrians in Conjunction with Standard Pedestrian Push Buttons at Signalized Intersections. Transportation Research Record, 1705(1), 32–39. https://doi.org/10.3141/1705-06