Public spaces include open spaces such as parks and plazas, streets, and public facilities such as libraries. Walkable access to public spaces enables people to connect with each other, to lead healthy lifestyles, and to enliven our local communities. This ‘walking’ accessibility is inclusive of people of all abilities, and is also an important way to connect with Country.
The NSW Guide to Walkable Public Space outlines why walkable public spaces are needed. It includes ideas and opportunities for how they can be created, and methods for trialling and evaluating improvements. There are 10 principles for what makes public spaces walkable, and a range of case studies that demonstrate the value of walkable public spaces in enhancing people’s everyday life experiences.