Walk Over October
About Walk Over October
The project is now in its fourteenth consecutive year, with 2015 being the fifth year of implementation of Walk Over October.
Regular walking has wide ranging benefits that are of interest to a variety of sectors including health, transport, planning, education, environment, seniors, local government and community development.
Key campaign messages
- Walking is a recognised and viable mode of active transport and replacing some of the 400,000 short car trips of less than one km on each workday is an easy way to build physical activity into your day.
- Walking is the most popular, convenient and affordable way for people of varying ages and abilities to be active.
- Walking offers recreational and social activity and can also help community members to feel safer and connected to their neighbourhoods.
- Walking is an environmentally friendly mode of transport and is a positive step towards addressing climate change.
During Walk Over October 2015, the campaign successfully attracted 70 schools events, 147 workplace events and community events, 64 teams with 300 participants participated in the Online Walking Challenge and more than 80 professionals attended the walking seminar.
The theme for 2014 was 'Explore'.
The theme for the 2013 campaign was ‘Congestion’ and a video was developed (see below).
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Walk Over October 2013, congestion (video)
Walk Over October is also funded by the State Government, RAC, Main Roads and the Public Transport Authority.
Community and Workplace Events
There are many easy ways to incorporate walking into your day. This October we are encouraging WA employees to go for a walk at lunchtime. So rather than having lunch at your desk give your health a boost and go for a walk. Join in the fun and 'Like' our FaceBook page for your chance to win a Fitbit Flex sports band. While you're there, post a photo of your favourite place to walk at lunchtime.
These Event Kits are designed to help workplaces and community groups organise events during Walk Over October.
Get your workplace moving for Walk Over October and WIN!
Healthier Workplace WA will partner with the Heart Foundation's Walk Over October campaign to encourage West Australians to step up their walking during October.
Visit the Healthier Workplace WA or Walk Over October Facebook page and "Tell us how you will step up your workday WALKING", and WIN a $500 Rebel Sports Voucher. Check the Competition TC’s for more information. Competition starts Friday 25 September, 9.00am WST and entries close midnight WST on Thursday 29 October, 2015.
So, instead of sitting at your desk all day, give your fingers a break - walk your feet instead!
What's On In WA
Busselton River Walk - Wednesday 14th October 2015
Heart Foundation Walk Leaders invite you to come and enjoy a guided trail walk along the New River and Vasse River where you will have the opportunity to learn about the wetlands, plants and animals in this area. The walk will be followed by a Morning Tea at Busselton Men’s Shed.
Start Time: 9:30am
Meeting at Senior Citizen's Centre, 16 Peel Terrace, Busselton
Cost: $5 for morning tea
Contact: Julie-Anne 0437419037 or Hilary 0401803834
Walk Over October Community Walk - Friday 23rd October 2015
To celebrate Walk Over October 2015, the City of Subiaco in support of the Heart Foundation invites you to join in the Walk Over October community walk on Friday 23 October from 9am to 11am.
Meet at Market Square Gardens, corner Haydn Bunton Drive and Roberts Road, Subiaco, and explore the Pilgrim Trail in Subiaco.
For more information or to register, contact the city on 9237 9222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
All registered participants will receive a free gift!
I Went Walking In Subiaco (Universal Children's Day Walk) - Wednesday 28th October 2015
A 45 minute walking event run by the City of Subiaco for babies and their carers. The event begins at 9am at Richard Diggins Park and follows Walking Routes from the City of Subiaco's Children's Adventure Map. For more details, click Here.
Walk Over October in Peel Region 2015
Experience the diverse and beautiful environments of the Peel region by participating in this year’s WALK Over October in Peel Region. With more than 20 events being held over the month of October, there will be something to suit all ages and abilities and most activities are free!.
Download the following documents for more details on the events being run.
Star Trek - Saturday 14th November 2015
Star Trek is an adult’s night walk along the Bibbulmun Track. Participants will learn to navigate the Bibbulmun Track in the dark, and have the wonderful opportunity to see a view of the stars free from the pollution of city lights.
Walks For A Cause
Alzheimer's Australia Memory Walk and Jog - Sunday 15th November 2015
Alzeimer's Australia is commited to preventing dementia while valuing and supporting people who live with dimentia. The Memory Walk and Jog offers a 2km or 4km walk, as well as a 9km jog to bring together those who have been touched by dimentia, and raise important funds for Alzeimer's Australia WA.
Download the attached flyer for further details.
Registrations for Walk Over October School Events are still open!
Don't forget to register your school in an event that encourages students to become more physically active by walking all or part of the way to school!
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The official Walk to School Day for 2015 will be held on Wednesday 21 October 2015. Schools are welcome to host their Walk To School Day at any time throughout October.
Your school can host a fun walking activity any time such as:
- A class walkathon – held at lunchtimes where classes compete to see who can do the most laps of the oval.
- Encourage the P&C/F to arrange an activity involving the whole school community such as a family bushwalk.
- Organise a 'Magical Mystery Tour', by incorporating walking into a school excursion or outing.
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Online Walking Challenge
In 2014 there were 64 teams comprising of 300 participants who took part in the WOO Online Walking Challenge.This year we are encouraging workplaces to run their own challenge.
A few ideas include:
- 10,000 steps
- Take the stairs
- Take a walk everyday
- Make your own workplace challenge by registering a team using Diabetes WA's Get on Track Challenge
Benefits of a workplace challenge
- Replacing short car trips with a walk.
- Reducing greenhouse gases, traffic congestion and air pollution.
- Positively increasing staff physical activity levels which can lead to improved workplace productivity.
- Improving office social interaction, engagement and teamwork skills.
- Fostering a friendly sense of competition and fun at the workplace.
Why start a challenge
- Improved work performance and productivity:
It has been estimated that the healthiest Australian employees are three times more productive at work than their colleagues.
- Reduced absenteeism and sick leave:
It has been estimated that unhealthy employees take, on average, nine days more sick leave compared with healthy employees.
- Improved staff morale, satisfaction and motivation:
Improved employee engagement and employee relationships.
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There are many smartphone apps that you might find useful in achieving your walking goals and a great many of them are free.
Make sure you share your ideas with us on our Facebook page!
Walk Over October Seminar
The RAC and the Heart Foundation are pleased to invite you and your staff to a seminar and workshop with international planning, design and community engagement practitioner, Mark Fenton
For those of you who missed the 2015 seminar the audio files are now available:
Town of Victoria Park and City of Perth case studies
Mark Fenton is a public health, planning, and transportation consultant who works with organizations and communities to build environments, policies, and programs that help to create places where more people walk, bicycle, and take public transport more of the time. Active community design, done well lead to economically, environmentally, and socially thriving cities, and towns, where people of all ages, abilities, and incomes lead long, vibrant lives.
The seminar will focus on:
- Planning, design and policy priorities to build a “healthier” community
- Local examples and practical recommendations for action
- Summarize experience with development of a National Physical Activity Plan and the Surgeon General's Call to Action on Walking & Walkable Communities in the US
- Making the case for healthy design yielding economically, environmentally and socially vibrant communities
This seminar is recommended for those working in the areas of planning, design, public health, policy development, community engagement and strategic planning.
Date: Monday 23rd November
Venue: WA State Library
Please find the full program and details for the seminar and workshop attached
Advance Active living in 2015 - Professor Nanette Mutrie, University of Edinburgh and Physical Activity for Health Research Centre.
Designing active walkable streets: Tactical Urbanism
Streets are the life blood of our villages towns and cities, they are also some of our most important public spaces. Modern streets need to respond to the needs of people to make active vibrant and sustainable places. To do this we need a new design story. One where play space is more important than turning circles and shade, walkability and activity are more important that traffic level of service.
New design methodologies include genuine quick and simple trial and adjust options. Tactical urbanism a collection of low-cost, temporary changes to the built environment, usually in cities, intended to improve local neighbourhoods and city gathering places. We can use such interventions to test our ideas and perfect our designs, particularly if they are contemporary with limited reference sites for comparison.
Steven Burgess and Jessica Christiansen will discuss the lost art of designing streets for people and ways that we can use tactical urbanism to get our great street design ideas into practice
Tuesday 8 September 2015
Bunbury: Department of Planning (Bunbury)
61 Victoria Street
Time: 9:30am - 11:00am ( Free Public Lecture)
Register here for Bunbury
Thursday 10 September 2015
Perth: Perth City Town Hall
Cnr Hay and Barrack Streets
Time: 9:30am - 11:00am ( Free Public Lecture)
Register here for Perth
Walk Over October Seminar 2014
The 2014 RAC and Walk Over October Seminar featured a presentation by Brent Toderian and a panel discussion on '3 key actions to creating a walkable future for Perth' held in early November.
To view Brent's presentation click here
Walk Over October Seminar 2013
The 2013 Walk Over October seminar ‘Taking steps to advance walking in Western Australia’ was held at the RAC offices in Perth on 8 October. The speakers and their topics were:
- Dr Matthew Burke from Griffith University who discussed urban planning to reduce congestion and increase physical activity.
- Matthew Brown from RACWA who presented the Give Me Time campaign and its importance as a tool for reducing congestion in Perth.
- Jim Walker from Walk 21 who delivered the Walk 21 Charter and the importance of urban walking trails.
- Professor Simone Pettigrew from the University of Western Australia who outlined why and how to motivate older people to be more active.
- Daryl Mansfield, the Deputy Principal of South Perth Primary School, presented the Awesome Walk-Some program as a method of reducing congestion around schools and improving the health of students.
WA has many beautiful locations to walk either by yourself and take in the beauty and tranquility, or go with family and friends and have a great day out. Want to find out about some of the beautiful walking trails in WA or join a walking group? Download the information from our Walk Over October Walking Guide.
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