We were excited to see the Heart Foundation release the latest Community Walkability Checklist.
The checklist is a tool for every Australian to rate their local walk.
“Did you know that most Australians can significantly reduce their risk of heart disease, Australia’s biggest killer, by walking 30 minutes or more most days each week?
If so, what you likely didn’t know is that people who live in ‘walkable communities’ are two times as likely to get enough physical activity. ‘Walkability’ describes the factors within the environment that make it convenient, comfortable and safe to walk, which can either help or discourage walking. Surprisingly, there are many areas across Australia that have a poor walkability rating. With your help we can help change that. Rating the walkability of a neighbourhood or regular walking route The Heart Foundation believes residents know and understand their neighbourhood better than anyone else.
Our Community Walkability Checklist is an easy way for them to assess how walkable their neighbourhood is, guiding them through each element of the environment, helping to identify and understand what contributes to walkability. It is intended that our Checklist is used by a resident in the community and any completed checklists returned inform council of local walkability priorities. The checklist is not directly intended as a professional audit tool.”