Walking can provide many benefits, including helping to improve our personal health and wellbeing and reduce our travel costs. It can also help to tackle Perth’s growing traffic congestion and reduce emissions.
Walking in WA
While not always the main mode of travel, the majority of trips begin and end with walking - even if it's just to your car.
If people feel it is safe and convenient, they will choose to walk. The availability of high quality facilities for pedestrians and the planning and design of streets, places and communities can influence this. Sadly, 15 pedestrians were killed on WA roads in 2018.
A 2015 RAC Walking Survey revealed:
- 47% of respondents walk for 30 minutes or more per day on an average weekday in their local area (this increases on the weekends).
- One in two respondents who work / attend study typically travels there by car, as a driver. However, 17% walk to catch public transport and 9% walk all the way.
- 52% of respondents are moderately or extremely satisfied with controlled crossings and 51% with footpaths.
- 28% of respondents are moderately or extremely dissatisfied with shared paths.
- 52% of respondents believe the government should prioritise better planning of communities to provide more destinations / amenities / transport services within walking distance.
- 46% of respondents would like to see investment in improved public transport services to encourage more people to walk.
RAC's Public Policy
RAC advocates for all Western Australians, whether they are a driver, passenger, cyclist, motorcyclist, or pedestrian.
This document outlines what we stand for and our public policy positions to support better mobility for Western Australians.
The policies in this document are approved by the RAC Council.
RAC State Budget Submission 2019-2020 (PDF 1.25MB)
RAC Federal Priorities 2019 (PDF 1.32MB)
RAC Shared Path Lighting Review 2018 (PDF 1.2MB)
Regional Transport Survey (PDF 612KB)