Hon Terry Waldron MLA

Hon Terry Waldron MLA

Former Minister for Sport and Recreation; Racing and Gaming

    Wayfinding signs lead the way in Cockburn

    13/03/2014 12:00 AM
     
    • Hundreds of unique signs point out how to make the most of the city
    • Part of groundbreaking program getting thousands of Cockburn residents active
    • More than 9,000 households already signed up to Your Move Cockburn
    Installation began this week on more than 500 ‘wayfinding’ signs in the City of Cockburn as part of Your Move - an innovative project taking big strides to increase the physical activity of local residents.
     
    Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said the State Government had entered into a partnership with the City of Cockburn to install 524 high-quality, non-slip pavement adhesive ‘wayfinders’ - signs to help residents find their way around the city on foot and by bike, leading to a more active and connected life.
     
    “There are 396 ‘Walk This Way’ signs pointing out local destinations such as shops, libraries, parks and sporting ovals and the time needed to walk there,” Mr Waldron said.
     
    “They also outline interesting or novel activities that can be done at each destination such as kite flying, getting the morning paper or playing footy with the kids.
     
    “In order to remind cyclists and walkers to look out for each other as well as cars, 112 ‘Share the Path’ safety signs will appear, as will 14 ‘Rack ‘Em Up’ signs pointing out new and existing bike racks across the City of Cockburn.
     
    “It’s the largest wayfinding project of its kind ever conducted in Australia.”
     
    The Your Move - Get Active Your Way program is funded through the Department of Sport and Recreation, the Department of Transport and the City of Cockburn. The program encourages locals to be more physically active and to use active transport.
     
    Participants receive personalised coaching to encourage greater activity as well as access to useful local resources including an in-depth sport and recreation directory, travel maps of local walking and cycling paths, and an activity planner to help them set goals and track progress.
     
    To date, more than 9,000 households - about a quarter of the City of Cockburn’s total - have joined Your Move.
     
    “The feedback has been very positive with the majority of people making commitments to change their behaviour, including doing more walking and cycling for transport and recreation, going to the gym or getting active socially,” the Minister said.
     
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