The Household Travel Survey 2022/23 found walking is the most common mode of transport in Waverley, representing 27.1% of all trips, which is significantly higher than the Greater Sydney average of 16.4% (TfNSW*).

On an average weekday, 89,000 walking trips are completed in the area, and a further 83,000 walking trips where people walk to link up with public transport (TfNSW^). The average walking trip is fairly short (900m) and completed in 15.2 minutes^.

Waverley's People, Movement and Places transport vision prioritises pedestrians, with several signature projects focused on improving the experience of residents moving around the area on foot or using mobility aids. Specifically, the Walking Strategy is now open for consultation, and is expected to be completed by early 2025 and will identify key destinations and routes for improvement.

Council is constantly upgrading streetscapes, with the Major Works section of the website detailing significant projects that are underway.

Local walks

Waverley is home to Australia’s most famous beach, and Council’s Hello Bondi website details the key tourist walks in the area, including the iconic Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk.

Safe Routes to School

Walking to school is popular especially amongst Waverley's local primary schools with rates of walking of 50% not uncommon. Protecting the safety of Council’s youngest commuters is a priority and Council is working with local schools under the Safe Routes to School program to identify and prioritise treatment of blackspots on key walking routes.

As part of the Safe Routes to School program, Council continues to work with local schools to promote safe and comfortable active transport to school.

National Walk Safely to School Day

Every May, primary school children are encouraged to walk to school, with a focus on road safety, health, public transport and environmental education. In September, there is a companion event Walk to Work Day.​ Get involved at www.walk.com.au.

*Source: Household Travel Survey c/ Transport for NSW % total trips, walk only. LGA data. Region data.

^Source: Household Travel Survey c/ Transport for NSW Breakdown by Mode. LGA data.

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