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 facilities for pedestrians and the planning and design of streets, places and communities can influence this. Sadly, around 10% of fatalities on WA's roads in 2015 were pedestrians.
The RAC 2015 Walking Survey revealed that:
- 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.
To make it safer, easier and more enjoyable for people to walk in WA, RAC calls on the State government to:
- Fund public awareness and education campaigns related to pedestrian safety.
- Fund a program to roll out pedestrian countdown timers at intersections in areas of high pedestrian demand, following successful completion of the State Government's trial.
- Fund a trial of self-explaining, and thus self-enforcing, 30km per hour zones in appropriate residential areas.
- Increase funding to expand the capacity of the Department of Transport to deliver programs to benefit pedestrians.
- Plan and deliver a network of high quality pedestrian routes.
State Budget Submission 2016-2017 (PDF 2.1MB)
Federal priorities for Western Australia (PDF 1.5MB)
Walking survey (PDF 525KB)
Regional Transport Survey (PDF 612KB)