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Walking

walking in city By Alex Proimos CC

Walking is the most fundamental means of transport, yet too often it is forgotten in transport decisions by individuals and governments. Healthy, no emissions, community friendly, no financial cost – there are lots of reasons why walking is a good idea. The STC Walking Policy, launched in late 2003, outlines what we think should be provided to encourage more walking by West Australians.

Encouraging people to think about walking, and ensuring road engineering and urban design provide safe and convenient access are important for better pedestrian environments.

The STC is seeking a better deal for pedestrians in Perth. One of our initiatives in 2003 is to try and encourage Main Roads to alter the way it is installing new parallel phases at traffic lights. Read our recent paper (Doc-550kb) that outlines what can be done to make them safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

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” Walking is the greenest way to get around; zero pollution, healthy and community friendly. We are born to walk, yet as soon as many of us get a driver’s licence we opt for four wheels instead of two feet. About half of all the car trips made in Perth could readily be made by walking, cycling or using public transport. Some ten per cent of car trips are one kilometre or less, so there is opportunity to travel on foot and avoid the impacts of rising car dependence…

In Perth walking is an important mode of personal travel, both to reach a destination and also in conjunction with other modes especially public transport (walking is part of any bus or train trip). Yet there are many more trips that could be walked, if only we left the car in the garage or car park.”

In Perth walking is an important mode of personal travel, both to reach a destination and also in conjunction with other modes especially public transport (walking is part of any bus or train trip). Yet there are many more trips that could be walked, if only we left the car in the garage or car park.”

David Bennett and David Wake – STC paper for Walk Week seminar 2001

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