Please direct all media enquiries to our Executive Director, Helen Donovan, 0457 006 620.
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.
MEDIA RELEASE: If more kids walked to school each day, then they would be more likely to reach recommended physical activity guidelines, be less likely to be overweight and perform better at school. About 80 per cent of five to 17-year-olds do not meet recommended physical activity guidelines. The number of kids using active transport choices to get to school has dramatically declined since the 1970s. These days, almost a quarter of five to-12-year-olds have never walked, cycled, or scooted to school. This October, Walking SA, Department of Transport, Planning and Infrastructure’s Way2Go program and the Heart Foundation are promoting the message that we should be encouraging our kids to walk, ride or scoot safely to school. Not only is it more fun for the kids, it means less cars on our roads, and at drop-off points around schools.
The SA Government has announced an investment in creating the Great Southern Ocean Walk - an upgrade of the iconic Heysen Trail along the Fleurieu Peninsula, connecting Deep Creek and Newland Head conservation parks, and Granite Island Recreation Park. View our response, joint Media Release with the Heart Foundation.