PLANNING Institute of Australia national congress delegates had a tour of the northern suburbs when they were in town last week.
The National Heart Foundation hosted the study tour for the delegates, who caught the train from Elizabeth Quay to Joondalup where they transferred to riding urbi bikes to head to ECU.
After a presentation, delegates then boarded a bus to Eden Beach in Jindalee to explore further north before heading to Alkimos to visit the surf club and the Shorehaven estate.
They were then taken to the community garden in Butler and on a walking tour of the Butler activity centre before ending at Butler train station.
Urbi everyday biking officer Jeremey Murray said it was fantastic to showcase the benefits of urbi’s bike-share system in Joondalup and its “potential to create vibrant and active communities”.
“Many leading planning experts recognise that bike-share will be part of the future solution to build better Australian communities,” he said.
The tour was part of the launch of the Heart Foundation’s new online tool Healthy Active by Design to help planners and designers improve the health of Australians by building physical activity-friendly communities.
The foundation’s active living national spokesman Trevor Shilton said it was essential to provide environments that prevent and reduce obesity.
“Globally, there is strong evidence on the link between health and the places where we live, work and play,” he said.
“Planners are best placed to help create healthier cities and towns, where physical activity is easily achieved every day.”
Healthy Active by Design includes practical guidance on design features, checklists, local case studies, examples of projects from around the world and links to evidence.