Residents urged to step up for safer walking experiences

April 4, 2017 by  

Clifton Hill residents are being urged to share their experiences when walking through the City of Yarra, Victoria.

Council is seeking feedback from community members via the latest mapping tool WalkSpot about where people feel safe and not so safe when stepping out for a walk in the area.

According to a Council spokesman, the WalkSpot Project was introduced by CrowdSpot (a mapping tool) and Victoria Walks, after funding was received from a TAC Community Road Safety Grant.

The initiative has been adopted by the City of Yarra, along with other councils throughout Melbourne’s metropolitan area. The project’s main aim is to assist Melbourne in its efforts to boost the city’s appeal as a leadingwalking destination.

The spokesman said the WalkSpot Project will allow Council to be able to get a clearer picture on trouble spots avoided by walkers, and identify areas where walking is an enjoyable experience. The feedback will help identify road safety issues that deter people from walking in certain areas, and give State and Local Governments an opportunity to improve those trouble spots, he said.

Not every problem will be actionable straight away by road agencies, but the community’s assistance, said the spokesperson, will help them determine what work is required and where.

Flyers have alerted the City of Yarra residents to the project, which invites feedback via an online WalkSpot map until April 28.