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Geelong Walkability Toolkit, Victoria

Town/Region | Geelong
State | VIC
Context | New subdivisions
Target Group | New home owners
Timing | Toolkit released end 2008
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Key Principles
  • People engaging in regular physical activity
  • Positive health impacts

Overview

The Clause 56 Walkability Toolkit is designed to assist developers, subdivision designers and planning officers determine the walkability of a location, internally and within the context of the surrounding street network.

The Walkability Toolkit is designed to complement minimal guidance on walking amenity for subdivisions within the Victorian Planning Provisions. Despite being developed specifically for Victoria, themes and strategies contained in the Toolkit are adaptable to all new subdivisions, and could be used for auditing and evaluating walking conditions in existing environments.

The Toolkit is subject to a Statewide evaluation sponsored by the Victorian Department of Transport across local governments and different environments.


Key Features

If used consistently in new development the Walkability Toolkit should deliver:

  • More walkable subdivisions
  • Better connections between new subdivisions and their surrounding environment
  • Better understanding of the factors that support walking environments
  • Better understanding of the infrastructure required to support walking
  • Better understanding of the factors that inhibit walking
  • Healthier people in new subdivisions
  • More people walking more often.

Considerations 

  • Translating best practice health and physical activity information into accessible material for planners presents real challenges.
  • Application of the Walkability Toolkit in the early stages of subdivision planning requires no additional costs to developers or Councils.
  • Applying the Walkability Toolkit to subdivision planning allows for consistency of approach by local government and developers and provides opportunity for the likely achievement of a more pleasant, connected and well thought out walkable environment.

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Last updated on 12th June, 2009

Sponsors This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.