Letters, Submissions & Responses

Our focus is on getting more people walking for transport, and more people walking for recreation.

To achieve this we need to be a strong vocal advocate, and respond to current walking issues raised by our supporters, members and partners.

We contribute to change through submissions, letters, media, meetings, projects, partnerships, presentations, and encouraging others to take up our asks and to make a change. Walking SA is invited onto government and non-government advisory groups and working groups and contributes our expertise around walking in many different forums.

Listed below are some examples of our recent advocacy work through submissions and letters.

We also develop Position Statements on a range of issues affecting people walking for recreation, health, or transport.


Tragedy, Sadness and Healing

When the news that two climbers had died at Moonarie Gap, on the escarpments of Wilpena Pound, our immediate thoughts were with the families and friends of the two young men. The effect on the traditional custodians of the land, the Adnyamathanha, the indigenous nation of the northern Flinders Ranges, was a wake-up call for the climbing and the walking communities alike. It was immediately evident that an impact on climbing and walking in, around and beyond the Wilpena Pound was a distinct possibility. I wrestled considerably with my thoughts, and the thoughts of others, until I came to three words: Respect, Listen, Learn. This story is about the follow-up of users of this wonderful country, in recent times and over thousands of years.


Conference Presentation: Getting More Green Man Time

Pedestrian phase + cycle time. Flashing src=Walking SA Board member, Ian Radbone, presented at the 2019 Australian Walking & Cycling Conference which was held in Port Adelaide on 24 & 25 October 2019. The theme of the conference was Active Transport in a Changing Climate. He presented on: Getting More Green Man Time. Australia has developed the most sophisticated traffic light management in the world, designed to minimize the disruption to traffic flow caused by intersections. How does this management apply to Adelaide’s CBD, characterised as it is by (a) being a city centre (b) having a strong orthogonal (grid) street network and (c) wide roadways? How is the imperative to minimize traffic disruption reconciled with the professed political priority for walking over other transport modes? This paper explores the options to gain more green man time.


Conference Presentation: Measuring walking and walkability

Walking SA Board member, Bill Gehling, presented at the 2019 Australian Walking & Cycling Conference which was held in Port Adelaide on 24 & 25 October 2019. The theme of the conference was Active Transport in a Changing Climate. He presented on: Measuring walking and walkability. Along with breathing clean air and drinking clean water, walking is so much a given in our lives that people rarely think about it. Until they can’t. Bill will discuss why measuring walking is important, and the challenges in doing so. We will explore some practical methods to measure walking and how they differ from the ways we measure car and bicycle traffic. We will also discuss walkability, which are the causal factors that encourage or discourage walking in the community. We’ll look at the new technologies becoming available to measure walking and walkability.


Government review of Pastoral Act may impact access for recreational bushwalkers in the Flinders Ranges

Enjoy bushwalking in the remote Flinders Ranges north of Hawker? A government review of the Pastoral Act may impact access for recreational bushwalkers in this pastoral country. Much of this land is actually leased, allowing people access for recreational bushwalking. We’re concerned that access for recreational bushwalking may become restricted in these lands, outside of the limited, defined areas set aside for mining and cultural sensitivities. Whilst we here at Walking SA acknowledge that the Pastoral Act needs updating to allow for more flexible uses, including tourism and energy production, we’re concerned this might inadvertently lock up the land to other users. Feedback for the review closes this Friday 13th September at 5pm. We’ve outlined the key questions to help you form a response from a bushwalking access perspective.


Fact Sheet: Pedestrian safety and traffic crashes in metropolitan Adelaide

We’ve produced a one-page factsheet on crashes involving pedestrians in metropolitan Adelaide. Two things stand out: the City of Adelaide council is largely surrounded by neighbours that have at least some 40km/h zones. The City of Adelaide council by contrast has mostly 50 and 60km/h speed limits. The City of Adelaide council has by far the highest number of pedestrian crashes of any council. In fact almost one in five pedestrians crashes for the whole State occur in the City of Adelaide council area.


Walking SA Submission to 20 Year State Infrastructure Discussion Paper

Walking SA responded to a government discussion paper which outlines a plan for our state’s population growth over the next 20 years. The paper by a newly formed independent body Infrastructure SA looked at a range of economic and social infrastructure options. Walking SA strongly calls for walking to be considered as a fundamental form of transport and (foot) traffic, and that walking infrastructure is planned and funded accordingly. Walkability will be key to the liveability of our state into the future.


Concerns about the development of private operator facilities by the Australian Walking Company on Kangaroo Island trails

Walking SA has concerns about the development of private operator facilities by the Australian Walking Company on the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, and have raised those concerns to David Speirs MP, Minister for Environment and Water.


Walking SA has signed the Walk 21 International Charter for Walking

Rodney Tolley (middle) with Walking SA Executive Officer, Greg Boundy, and Walking SA Chair Tuesday Udell, having signed the Walk21 International Charter for WalkingToday we here at Walking SA have signed the Walk21 International Charter for Walking to confirm our commitment to supporting the creation of communities where people choose to walk.


Advocating for improved pedestrian conditions on North Terrace

Improving wait times at pedestrian crossings, like this on adjacent the nRAH on North Terrace, AdelaideWe continue to advocate for improved pedestrian conditions on North Terrace, and sent this letter to the new Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor.


Calling for lower speed limits in Hindley Street where there is high pedestrian activity, to make the streets safer for pedestrians

We were concerned to hear about pedestrians being hit by a car in Hindley St and seriously injured this week. Many 'hit pedestrian' vehicle crashes are completely avoidable or could be reduced in severity by slowing down vehicles to 30 km/h where there is high pedestrian activity. We support lower speed limits in Hindley Street and other areas in the Adelaide CBD where there is high pedestrian activity, to make the streets safer for those on foot.


Our focus on improving advocacy for walking

Here at Walking SA we are focussed on improving our advocacy for walking and on behalf of the walking community of South Australia. Over recent months we've been involved in a number of key discussions.


Advocacy for Walking, May 2017 Update

Walking SA has been active in the following areas on behalf of the walking community: Development of the Australian Adventure Activity Standards – Bushwalking; Consultation with Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) in the “I Share My Trail” campaign; and Greenways Consultation for the Heysen Trail and other trails in Wirrabara Forest and Bundaleer Forest.


Advocating for Walking, March 2017 Update

Walking SA continues to represent our member clubs, organisations and individual members as well as the general walking community in matters regarding walkability of all aspects of the walking environment.


Advocacy for Walking, November 2016 update

Over the last two months Walking SA has been engaged with over 9 councils and bodies representing the walking community.


Cycling on Footpaths, Response to New Regulations

We are concerned that cycling on footpaths, as allowed by the new regulations, increases the risk to pedestrians generally, and specifically for those more vulnerable such as children, the elderly and those with disabilities. We are also concerned that the impact of the change will be to discourage walking because of the perceived risks.


More Pedestrians and Cyclists = Less Congestion

Walking SA, in conjunction with Heart Foundation SA, have submitted the following Letter to the Editor, in response to the SA Government's release today of Operation Moving Traffic.


Response to the “Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan”

In October 2013 the Government of South Australia released its Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan, and called for comment on the plan. Walking SA provided the following comment submission. When submissions closed on January 17, 2014, the government said they had received an overwhelming response, with 1,500 submissions, and 2,500 attendees to public information […]