CSU ‘Walkability’ research in Albury

10 OCTOBER 2018

* CSU research aims to make Albury city more walkable for residents * Volunteers aged 65+ needed to assist research * Walking improves health and wellbeing and increases access to social and economic lifePeople aged over 65 and living in Albury have extra incentive to pound the city’s pavements in coming weeks with new research being run by Charles Sturt University (CSU).Working in collaboration with Albury City Council, CSU researchers Dr Rachel Whitsed and Dr Ana Horta from the CSU Institute for Land, Water and Society are measuring the ‘walkability’ of the city, specifically for older people.“Extensive research tells us that walking improves health and wellbeing and allows increased access to social and economic life,” said Dr Whitsed, the team’s lead researcher.“Now we want your help to make Albury city more walkable for you.”As part of the project, the researchers are seeking participants aged over 65 to wear a small global positioning system (GPS) device for two weeks.“We will be able to use this GPS data to map and measure walkability of Albury through the eyes, and shoes, of older people.”Albury City councillor and Lavington resident Councillor David Thurley is helping promote the project to fellow residents.“Walking is an important part of my life as an older person,” Councillor Thurley said.“Albury City is keen to find out who is using the city’s paths and where, and why they are using them – and why not.“It would be great to get as many people aged over 65 years as possible to take part in this project, as this will help the Council to improve facilities for use by all our citizens, including our older residents.”This project might also be of interest to the carers and relatives of people living in Albury who are aged over 65 years. Find more information on the project website.In addition, any Albury resident can complete a ‘Have a Say’ survey form on walkability in the city, available on the AlburyCity website.To participate in the project, contact Ms Kris Gibbs on 6051 9992, or email kgibbs@csu.edu.au.The Walkability Project will be launched at CSU in Albury-Wodonga at 10am on Thursday 11 October.The project is supported by AlburyCity and the NSW government.

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Rachel Whitsed.

Media can meet with Dr Whitsed, Dr Horta and Cr Thurley on Thursday 11 October to get interviews and see the GPS tracking system at work. The event will start at 10am near the School of Environmental Sciences building (go to car park P4), CSU in Albury-Wodonga, off Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona.

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