Are we there yet? Taking steps towards a South Australian Walking Agenda: the case for walking data
A forum and workshop with Dr Rodney Tolley and The Heart Foundation. 4th April 2017.
Walk21 Director, and International Walking expert Dr Rodney Tolley presented to 80 professionals, at an Adelaide forum to discuss coordinated, strategic, robust data collection – short term and long term – with regards to walking, and walkable neighbourhoods. Collecting information about walking is essential and provides crucial information for planning interventions, infrastructure and investment.
What isn’t counted doesn’t count
Dr Tolley brought valuable lessons from around the world and presented the case for walking as an indicator of a successful, sustainable society.
Download the presentation here – Tolley_Adelaide_April 4 2017_FINAL
Alison Collins and Greg Wise presented data from DPTI and the 30-Year Plan. The presentation used maps to demonstrate how data correlates with the identification of opportunities and barriers for healthy lifestyles in urban and regional areas. Gemma Kernich spoke about DPTI cycling data and use of new technologies. Neil Coffee presented on research around the 20-minute neighbourhood and Greg Boundy from Walking SA presented on methods of data collection with sensors positioned in popular trails on parks and reserves. Trevor Shilton, from Heart Foundation WA gave us the global perspective, and launched the new Heart Foundation built environment tool, Healthy Active By Design.
The forum has started an ongoing conversation between local government, state government and walking advocates about data and evaluation of healthy design features.
The South Australian Active Living Coalition is continuing the discussion about data on a broader level around “supportive environments for physical activity”.
In addition SA stakeholders have an opportunity to influence walking data measures for proposed South Australian Public Health Indicator Framework (April 2017). For more information go to SA Health.
Thank you to our partners: SA Health, Walking SA and Charles Sturt Council