6 November 2015
Through our Community Sponsorships program, last month, we supported the Heart Foundation’s Walk Over October, a state-wide campaign that aims to raise awareness of the health, transport, recreational and environmental benefits of regular walking.
With the increase in traffic congestion on Perth roads, promoting walking as a viable transport option is more important than ever. It’s a key priority for RAC which aims to provide safer, more sustainable and more convenient travel options for our members and the wider WA community.
Currently in Perth, over 400,000 car trips are made each workday, where the distance covered is less than one kilometre, which is about ten minutes.
Walking reduces travel costs and improves personal health and wellbeing, plus it doesn’t emit any emissions. With the fine weather that Perth enjoys most of the year, walking is an easy and achievable option.
During the month, we launched our first ever community walking survey, exploring what it’s like to be a pedestrian in Western Australia. RAC hopes to use this information to better understand the way people move and how the availability of quality infrastructure and design of an area can influence how safe, comfortable and convenient it is for us to walk.
Coinciding with Ride2Work Day on the 14th October, our employee health program invited staff to actively commute to work and rewarded their efforts with a free healthy breakfast, a free bike service from Dismantle’s BikeDr as well as the opportunity to win a number of health and wellness prizes. The response to this initiative was overwhelmingly positive.
Recently, RAC upgraded its end-of-trip facilities to encourage more people to walk and ride to work and this has since earned us a Gold Accreditation with Healthy Workplaces Australia.
The RAC Little Legends Club made a special visit to Charthouse Primary School on Walk to School Day where participating students and families enjoyed a free breakfast together before starting the school day.
This month, RAC staff will enjoy a presentation by walking advocate Mark Fenton. Visiting from the US, Mark will focus on local examples and practical recommendations for action in WA, policies and priorities to build a ‘healthier’ community, and talk about his experience developing a National Physical Activity Plan and the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking & Walkable Communities in the US.
RAC’s Community Sponsorship program has supported 171 community initiatives to the value of $1,177,000 since it was established in 2011.