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Docklanders display a healthy travel pattern

25 Oct 2016

Docklanders are the most prolific walkers, according to Victoria Walks data.

The walking advocate group says Docklands residents walk to work 10 times more than average metropolitan Melbourne residents.

On average, about 3 per cent of Melbourne residents walk to work while the number is 34 per cent for Docklanders. 

The data also shows 86 per cent of the trips in Melbourne’s CBD and surrounding suburbs are made on foot.

Senior advisor at Victoria Walks, Duane Burtt, says walking is the main way for city dwellers to get around. 

“One third of city residents achieve their daily exercise requirements just by walking,” he said. 

“Studies have shown that walking has many physical and psychological benefits. Docklands residents are showing a healthy travel pattern.”

About 30 per cent of Docklanders go to work by car, while 75 per cent of Melbourne metropolitan residents drive to work. 

Many people are moving to suburbs that are within walking distance to work. 

It is predicted that the number of walking trips made in Docklands will increase by 118 per cent in the next 10 years. 

The City of Melbourne has introduced an “Access Docklands” plan that aims to deliver walking networks to make walking peoples’ preferred way of getting around Docklands.

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