Submission to support and improve the City of Unley Wood-Weller Bikeway Streetscape

Walking SA welcomes the infrastructure improvements to the Wood-Weller Bikeway proposed by the City of Unley.

As the peak body for walking in SA, covering both walking for recreation and transportation, Walking SA fully supports the proposed initiative, and consider it in alignment with our stated mission to get more people walking more often. For reference, we have attached to this letter our recently released 2023-2025 strategic plan, which includes the new addition of a walkability pillar.

We have reviewed the concept design plans for the project and in general, consider the proposed design to be sound and well considered. Whilst we acknowledge that the project focus is mostly on improving conditions for people riding bikes, we support the creation of new shared crossings of Northgate Street.

More specifically, we would like to offer the following minor comments and suggestions on specific aspects of the design where we feel that walking outcomes could be improved:

Location 1: Wood Street to just east of Victoria Avenue

Acknowledging the desire lines for people walking from/to Victoria St would not be as well serviced by the proposed Northgate St midblock crossing, has the potential for an additional or alternative crossing at the intersection Victoria/Northgate been considered?

Location 2: King William Road intersection and Heywood Park Improvements

Prominent and legible wayfinding signage should be considered between Northgate Street and Whistler Avenue to inform route choice between the bikeway and King William Road. The concept design documentation does not make it clear if this is currently included in the project or not.

2022/23 Annual Report, Walking Awards and AGM

Walking SA held its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 9th November at The Jade, with an attendance of people from member clubs, organisations, supporters and the public. We greatly appreciate the attendance and engagement with those there on the night.

Thank you to Travis Saunders who presented on challenges and strategies to enable more neurodivergent people to experience the life-changing benefits of bushwalking. Travis is a qualified bushwalking guide, accredited running coach and founder of Inclusive Trails; offering expeditions, bushwalking programs, run coaching and mentoring for neurodivergent adults. He has recently been awarded a Churchill Fellowship scholarship to “To investigate models of support that enable autistic people to access and enjoy bushwalking.”

Thanks to EXURBIA The Adventure Supply Co three random Lucky Door Prizes were drawn and won to spend in-store at EXURBIA: 1 x voucher valued at $200 to Liz O’Shea, and 1 x voucher valued at $100 Melanie Sjoberg, and 1 x voucher valued at $100 to Jeremy Carter.

Award Winners

We presented the awards for the annual Walking SA Walking Awards. The awards recognises and promotes the achievements and work of groups, organisations, local and state government, and volunteers in South Australia. The Awards process is an opportunity for public and peer recognition of achievements in walking, and demonstrates to volunteers, community groups, the recreation industry, business, government, and the wider community the significant and positive impact that can be achieved through improvements to walkability. This year the awards were expanded to include a new category, to an organisation or individual that makes walking more inclusive and an adjustment to an existing one, to value the commitment to walking of a volunteer.

Awards were presented to three organisations, a community group and one individual, celebrating their contribution to walking in South Australia. Awards were presented by Gabrielle (Gabby) Fisher, Wellbeing SA, and Rod Quintrell, Walking SA Chair.

Board

We welcome Michelle Nash and Kristen Willson as new Board members, whilst thanking retiring Board members Jim McLean and Ian Radbone for their enthusiam and contribution to the Board over the past years. Both Jim and Ian will continue in their roles on the Walking for Recreation Committee and Walking for Transport Committees.

2022/23 Annual Report

The 2022/23 Annual Report was distributed at the AGM and Sharon Kelsey, Executive Director of Walking SA and Rod Quintrell, Chair, spoke to the report identifying a range of highlights from the past year.

We also presented “Our Walking Journey 2023 – 2025” – Walking SA’s strategic plan for the next 3 years.

Our Walking Journey 2023 to 2025 – Walking SA’s new strategic plan released

Our Walking Journey is a refresh of our Strategic Plan but you might view it as a significant step. It is. Walking SA is firmly focussed on our contribution to making SA a world-class walkable State. This Plan sets out our ambitious first steps. We also reinforce our mission for ‘More People walking more often’ and articulate our values of being interactive, immersed in nature, inclusive and inspiring. Read our Plan and join Walking SA on its journey to make a real difference for the benefit of every South Australian.

2023 Walking Award Winners – Recognising contributions to walking in South Australia

We presented the awards for the annual Walking SA Walking Awards. The awards recognises and promotes the achievements and work of groups, organisations, local and state government, and volunteers in South Australia. The Awards process is an opportunity for public and peer recognition of achievements in walking, and demonstrates to volunteers, community groups, the recreation industry, business, government, and the wider community the significant and positive impact that can be achieved through improvements to walkability. This year the awards were expanded to include a new category, to an organisation or individual that makes walking more inclusive and an adjustment to an existing one, to value the commitment to walking of a volunteer.

Awards were presented to three organisations, a community group and one individual, celebrating their contribution to walking in South Australia. Awards were presented by Gabrielle (Gabby) Fisher, Wellbeing SA, and Rod Quintrell, Walking SA Chair.

2023 Annual Walking Award Winners

2023 Award Winner: Williamstown Action Group and Barossa Outdoors, Williamstown Action Group and Barossa Outdoors

Williamstown Action Group and Barossa Outdoors, Williamstown Action Group and Barossa Outdoors

2023 Walking for Recreation: Supporting South Australians accessing green open space for walking

Awarded for Santa Dash, an idea conceived by Matt Hale (Co-Director of Barossa Outdoors) who worked with the local volunteer progress association Williamstown Action Group (part of the Southern Barossa Alliance) to establish the event. This now annual event showcases the opportunities when …

2023 Award Winner: Skyline Walkers, Skyline Walkers

Skyline Walkers, Skyline Walkers

2023 Walking for Health: Supporting South Australians’ health and wellbeing through walking

Awarded to recognise your support of the mental and emotional health, and physical wellbeing of walkers. Your appreciation of the obvious benefits of walking through the example of lifting the spirit by walking though the fields of wildflowers on show in the Adelaide Hills in spring, taking …

2023 Award Winner: City of Charles Sturt, City of Charles Sturt

City of Charles Sturt, City of Charles Sturt

2023 Walking for Transport: Supporting South Australians making short trips by walking

Awarded for your transformation of Jetty Street, Grange in the City of Charles Sturt (CCS) into a walkable community asset. The place is home to a diverse mix of residents, businesses and schools, and attracts a range of visitors throughout the year due its close proximity to the Grange …

2023 Award Winner: Saree Sahelis

Saree Sahelis

2023 Outstanding Group or Individual Contribution to advance walking inclusivity: Outstanding group or individual contribution to make walking an all-inclusive activity

Awarded in recognition of your role in challenging the stereotype that traditional clothing restricts physical activity and to advocate for inclusivity in embracing fitness as a community. Saree means ‘All’ and Sahelis means ‘Friends’. Your group of Australian women of Indian origin …

2023 Award Winner: Bruce Newstead

Bruce Newstead

2023 Outstanding Individual Contribution of volunteer to walking: Outstanding individual contribution to walking in South Australia

Awarded to recognise you at 84 years young, as a wonderful volunteer whose passion and support for Heart Foundation Walking is infectious. Your support to help others in the Salisbury area increase their own level of physical activity, and their confidence and competence through walking is …