Active Streets - the new normal for public space

Hannah Tarrant
Heart Foundation WA

There is a considerable body of evidence that well-planned neighbourhoods, healthy street design and access to public green spaces make it easier for people to be more active and lead heart-healthy lives.

The Heart Foundation has published a position snapshot document calling on local government to ensure all Australians have safe streets for walking and cycling by:

1. Allocating extra street and footpath space for people walking and cycling to support social distancing
2. Reducing vehicle speeds on local neighbourhood streets, and
3. Automating street crossings to eliminate the need to touch the push buttons.

With increased numbers of people reported to be exercising in their local area, it is important to ensure sufficient space is provided to maintain social distancing (1.5m in Australia).

Now is the time to rethink how we respond to the ‘new mobility’ for a healthier and more equitable future. For more information, read the Heart Foundation's Active Streets Snapshot attached.

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James (Your Move)

Thanks for sharing this important position snapshot Hannah. It looks like the website has a fantastic range of resources too! The Heart Foundation's work in promoting Active Travel has earned you 25 points. Given that this is more than a promotion to your staff, but also has the potential of influencing hundreds of practitioners and policy makers, I have also given you a 30 point bonus (the highest possible!) for the 'quality of higher benefits' of this position snapshot. Well done!

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