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Updated: 03 May 2012

Why Walk?

Why Walk?

Walking is the most popular type of physical activity amongst Western Australian adults, and the one exercise in which people across all age-groups can participate. It is accessible to all social groups, religions and cultures. It is also free and can be done almost anywhere, without special equipment.

 

Walking in Western Australia

Walking is the most popular type of physical activity amongst Western Australian adults with 52% walking for recreation and 21% walking for transport.

Local streets and footpaths were also identified as a frequently used facilities for physical activity (Physical Activity Levels of Western Australian Adults, 2009).

Promoting walking in an effective way to increase population levels of physical activity as it is affordable and accessible for the whole population.

Walking for recreation is associated with access to facilities, aesthetics, parks and open spaces. On the other hand, walking for transport is associated with connected street and path networks, public transport, and higher residential densities.

The Walk WA: A Walking Strategy for Western Australia 2007-2020 was developed by the Physical Activity Taskforce to assist the community and all organisations and agencies involved in walking throughout Western Australia.The Walk WA Strategic Implementation Group is responsible for the implementation of this strategy.

Walk WA aims to improve the health and wellbeing of every Western Australian and  has been devised to enable a coordinated collaborative approach to encourage all Western Australians to walk and to develop environments in which the decision to walk is easier. 

The Walk WA: A Walking Strategy for Western Australia 2007-2020 - Appendices document describes the case for walking from health, recreation, transport, environmental and economic perspectives; outlines selected Local Government and non-government organisation case studies which have achieved success in getting more people walkingWalk WA: A Walking Strategy for Western Australia 2007-2020 - Appendices; and provides links to other Western Australian strategies. The Local Government case studies outline two projects that have been supported by the Premier’s Physical Activity Taskforce Local Activity Grants through Lotterywest and the Western Australian Local Government Association.

 

Walking Guidance

The Taskforce provided a range of walking related guidance as follows:

 

Additional Walking Resources

Access the full list of resources related to 'walking'.