After working in partnership across-government, engaging with stakeholders and reviewing the best available evidence and evidence-based practice, a draft Walking Strategy for South Australia has been developed. The Strategy will help to guide the planning, building and creation of walkable environments for all South Australians. Community feedback on the draft Strategy is being sought by 17 October 2021 on yourSAy which can be accessed via yoursay.sa.gov.au/south-australian-walking-strategy
Walking is an inclusive and accessible activity that allows people to get from one place to another, can improve their health and wellbeing and provide them with an enjoyable way of spending their leisure time.
When we talk about walking, we also include jogging, running and moving with a pram or pusher, or moving with the aid of a mobility device such as a wheelchair, walking frame or the like.
Supporting more people walking more often; all ages all abilities can lead to multiple benefits to be experienced by all South Australians, including:
- Social benefits – improved health and wellbeing, increased safety, positive placemaking and increased social cohesion.
- Economic benefits – increased city attractiveness, boosting the local economy, increased urban regeneration and cost savings; and
- Environmental benefits – reducing greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, increased benefits to people from the natural environment, improved liveability and improved transport efficiency.
The draft South Australian Walking Strategy 2022-2032 has been developed in such a way to unite cross-government departments and agencies, key stakeholders, providers, funders and interest groups to better enable:
- Walking for Transport – more South Australians making short trips by walking.
- Walking for Health – more South Australians with better health and wellbeing through walking.
- Walking for Recreation and Sport – more South Australians accessing green open space for walking.
To find out more please:
- read the draft Strategy
- take a look at the FAQs
- take a look at the scoping document, best practice examples and supporting videos.