Active Streets - the new normal for public space

Active Streets – the new normal for public space

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:

  • allocating extra street and footpath space for people walking and cycling to support social distancing
  • reducing vehicle speeds on local neighbourhood streets
  • automating street crossings to eliminate the need to touch the push buttons.

The Heart Foundation works to improve the heart health of all Australians. Promoting physical activity is one of our key recommendations for improving heart health and mental wellbeing at a population level.

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.

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.

Read our Active Streets - the new normal for public space position snapshot here.

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