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WALKING - The Key to Liveability: JG0610

Dr John Grant
Formal CPD
1 Hour - FORMAL
Duration: 00:48:23
Dr John Grant is Australia’s first specialist “walking consultant”. By explaining the abundant benefits that successful pedestrian environments bring to a community and methods of achieving these quality environments, he highlights the deficiencies of many of the places in which we live. An irrefutable case is presented for the implementation of measures which improve walkability.
These measures are illustrated with reference to specific Melbourne examples and possibly the world’s best practice example of a legible and walkable environment, which can be found in Bristol. This presentation provides an excellent basis for approaching city planning from the perspective of the pedestrian.
  • have a thorough understanding of the benefits of walkability and its contribution to the liveability of the built environment,
  • have knowledge of specific examples of successful and unsuccessful pedestrian promotion programs and local environments,
  • have a solid understanding of how to approach city planning from the perspective of a pedestrian,
  • have knowledge of specific auditing methods that can be used to improve our walking environment,
  • be able to apply the methods to their own locations of interest or responsibility.

Recognised by the NSW ARB, ARB of Victoria, BA of Qld, AB of WA, Work Stds Tas, APB of SA, PIA, AILA & BDA



    Dr. John Grant established J.A.Grant+Associates in 1978. Between 1978 and 1999 the Consultancy worked for a wide range of government, education and private clients and produced over 400 high quality reports and studies.

    In 1999 John joined the Department of Infrastructure to work on the Melbourne 2030 Strategy. He was deeply involved in all aspects of the development of the Strategy, including the consultation, the preparation of background reports and then on the Transport, Integrated Planning and Activity Centre elements.

    Within M2030 John made substantive contributions to the sections on walking, cycling and the linkage of these to the public transport system. Policy emphasis was changed from a recreation/route based to a functional/destination based approach to walking and cycling.

    Contributions were also made to the sections on activity centre design, neighbourhood principles and the development of sustainable transport options where they can improve the environment, the liveability and the economy of local areas.

    After leaving DOI, John began to specialise in walking issues, including wayfinding and improving the amenity of public places for pedestrians.

    You can contact John at