Walking for all
The Vision – Walking for all ages and all abilities
Walking is universal – we all do it. From about the age of 12 months, we can walk and we don’t generally stop until we die. Walking is the most democratic, inclusive transport or means of getting around. You don’t need a licence or special equipment or money to walk.
Unfortunately, many parts of our cities and towns have been designed in a time when cars have been the main way of getting around. Distances to important destinations like jobs and shops are now often longer and no longer within easy walking distance. If they are, there may not be footpaths, shade, or other elements that make walking comfortable and easy.
We want Queensland to be a place where walking is simple, easy and seen as not just another way to get around, but the most viable and important form of transport and an easy form of recreation. That means advocating to make walking an easy and desirable option for everyone.
Sometimes this will be focused on walking facilities like a footpath, kerb ramp or crossing, sometimes it’s about an inviting place to walk to or it can also be about changing policy, legislation, or implementing and promoting programs. It also means quality and accessible bushwalking trails so that we can all enjoy the beautiful outdoors.
What does a walkable street or neighbourhood look like?
Healthy Streets make walkable streets
A walkable street is also a healthy and active street. Lucy Saunders developed Healthy Streets with 10 Healthy Street indicators.
[Image: Healthy Streets colourful wheel with 10 items that help to create a healthy street including:
- Everyone feels welcome
- Easy to cross
- Shade and shelter
- Places to stop and rest
- Not too noisy
- People choose to walk and cycle
- People feel safe
- Things to see and do
- People feel relaxed
- Clean air. ]