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Pre-Conference Workshops & Events

Walking and Light Rail in Surfers Paradise, Queensland

Walking and Light Rail in Surfers Paradise is a tour of the newly installed light rail network from Southport to Broadbeach via Surfer’s Paradise in the Gold Coast, Queensland.

When: Friday 17th October, 2014
Where: Gold Coast, Queensland. (meet at Charlie's Cafe, 8 Cavill Mall, Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise) Note the workshop is in another State of Australia than the Walk 21 Conference. Fees will only cover the workshop content and participants will be responsible for their own travel to the site. Flights operate daily between Coolangatta Airport (Gold Coast) and Sydney (approx. 90 minutes).
Time: 10am – 3.30pm
Ticket: $50, Walk21 delegates
$75, non-Walk21 delegates
Limited places (20)

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Participants will have the opportunity to see how Gold Coast city is evolving in response to the recent completion of light rail and the way that this billion dollar project has been integrated into a dense urban environment with a view to enhancing walkability. Highlights will include the light rail station precincts, integrated design considerations to promote walking connections through various malls and seaside foreshores Speakers will address transit and urban design issues and key insights related to the public transport planning and design of a major International sporting event (Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games).

Clovelly Road Better Block

When: Sunday 19 October, 2014
Where: Clovelly Road, Sydney
Cost: FREE

Come and participate in a Community driven ‘Better Block’ event on the beautiful Eastern suburbs of Sydney. The 2013 event attracted over 2000 people to transform the street into a bustling hub of activity and fun.
http://www.parktopacific.org/

Children's Mobility Networking and Knowledge Exchange

This half-day pre-conference session is intended for those who work in the field of active and sustainable travel for children and youth.

When: Monday 20th October, 2014
Where: Conference Room, Ministry of Health, 73 Miller Street, North Sydney
Time: 10am - 2pm
Tickets: $50, Walk21 delegates
$75, non-Walk21 delegates
Limited places (50)

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Participants will hear how the 2014 International Report Card of physical activity highlighted low levels of physical activity for children and youth in many developed and developing countries. Speakers will address how active travel to school not only provides an opportunity to increase youth levels of physical activity but also a foundation for future behaviour change for the entire population. Successful active travel to school strategic initiatives and programs from around the world will be presented and participants encouraged to share their own experiences. The session is an opportunity to learn what others are doing through the sharing of best and promising practices, to discuss common barriers and brainstorm solutions, and to network with each other.

Sharing Space Down Under

The Parramatta Shared Space City Surgery is a full day workshop which will examine an existing road treatment in the heart of metropolitan Sydney to develop potential shared space solutions based on existing evidence and learnings from around the world.

When: Monday 20th October, 2014
Where: The Darug Room, Parramatta Library, Civic Place (off Macquarie Street), Parramatta. Parramatta is a 40 minute ferry ride from Sydney.
Time: 10am – 4pm
Ticket: $50, Walk21 delegates
$75, non-Walk21 delegates
Limited places (40)

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Shared Space is a viable concept for traffic calming where all road users have the same rights. Not all countries have the same legal view of pedestrians. The design challenge is to create an environment where all road users equally integrate. Shared space pilots were first introduced in the Netherlands 15 years ago where the concept is now applied in cities as well as villages and neighbourhoods. Evaluations have now been completed across various environments demonstrating successes and challenges. The shared space concept is spreading across the world with select examples established throughout Australia. The purpose of this full day shared space city surgery is to examine an existing road treatment and prepare design solutions to convert it to a shared space.

Sharing Sydney Harbour

Sharing Sydney Harbour is a guided six km walking tour visiting several sites along Sydney Harbour explaining how partnerships between Local, State and Federal government has improved public access to the Sydney Harbour foreshore.

When: Monday 20th October, 2014
Where: Taronga Zoo to Georges Heights via Chowder Bay. Taronga Zoo is a 20min ferry ride from Sydney.
Meeting point: Foyer of Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Sydney (Circular Quay)
Time: 10am – 3pm
Tickets: $50, Walk21 delegates
$75, non-Walk21 delegates
Limited places (30)

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Participants will hear how segments of the Harbour foreshore have been transformed from a range of maritime and industrial uses, to a highly valued recreational space with new uses and a continued walking network. Highlights include Sydney Harbour National Park and a tour of the former military Harbour Trust site at George’s Heights . Participants will also experience the magnificent harbour views from the walking track that weaves around the Harbour headlands. Further details about the route including iphone and Android audio apps are available at: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/sydney-harbour-national-park/bradleys-head-to-chowder-bay-walk/walking & /www.harbourtrust.gov.au/visit/georges-heights-headland-park

Measuring Walking

Building on the long tradition of Walk21 conferences, the Measuring Walking Pre-conference workshop will once again be held at the Sydney event.

This important workshop has developed over the years, to advance the global understanding of how we measure walking and people's attitudes towards it, to generate a set of guidelines to enhance compatibility and comparability between datasets and to review developing technologies and methods to ensure walking is being measured effectively, accurately and consistently.

When: Monday 20th October, 2014
Where: Roads and Maritime Services Office, Media Room, Level 9, 101 Miller Street, North Sydney
Time: 10am – 2pm
Tickets: $50, Walk21 delegates
$75, non-Walk21 delegates
Limited places (50)

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The pre-conference workshop this year will be a collaborative effort between a number of world experts on this subject, including Daniel Sauter, who has been leading the series. The workshop will review the conclusions drawn at last year's Munich workshop, consider the latest technological options and discuss the dimensions of including walking effectively in travel surveys.

If you are involved in a project measuring walking, please be in touch with ideas and suggestions as we prepare the details of the day's discussions.