Walking, Cycling and Public Transport

Walking and cycling are great ways to get around the City of Cockburn. Grab a TravelSmart Guide which shows information and maps on all of the walking and cycle paths in Cockburn. Contact the City for more information or to obtain a TravelSmart Guide.

Walking in Cockburn

Walking is a great way for people of all ages and abilities to be physically active. Children, adults and seniors can all get involved in walking which is an enjoyable, low impact activity. A simple brisk walk for at least 30 minutes on most days can have significant health benefits.

The City of Cockburn is part of the Heart Foundation Walking (HFW) program. HFW is Australia's largest network of free community-based walking groups. These walking groups are based throughout Cockburn and take place each week at various times.

With the supervision and guidance of a trained Walk Organiser, the walks provide an excellent opportunity for residents to improve their physical and mental health, and wellbeing.

To help you become familiar with different walking routes in your area, Be Active Cockburn has produced a Walking in the City of Cockburn booklet. You can download this booklet under Documents below. It contains 18 walking routes which cover the majority of suburbs in Cockburn. A printed copy of the booklet is available at all City of Cockburn libraries.

Cycling in Cockburn

Many of the City’s conservation reserves also contain cycle paths. The City has produced TravelSmart Guides which show cycling paths, walking trails, public transport and places of interest across Cockburn. Download a TravelSmart Guide under related documents below.

Your Move program

The City runs the Your Move program with the Department of Transport that promotes walking, cycling and public transport in Cockburn. The program offers support and advice to help you find other ways to get to and from school, your workplace and around your local area. You can get involved by walking, riding and using public transport whenever possible. By swapping a few car trips a week for walking, cycling and catching public transport, you can build more physical activity into your life, find more quality time to spend with friends and families, and save money to spend on things you enjoy. Visit the Your Move website for ideas, resources and tools to get you and your family moving.

You can also join the Cockburn Bicycle User Group. The City hosts a number of bike friendly events throughout the year.

The City of Cockburn's TravelSmart Officer works with a number of different groups to promote travel behaviour change. This includes residents, visitors, workplaces and schools. The TravelSmart Officer works on the Bike and Walk Cockburn Plan and promotes travel behaviour change.

Getting to school

Learn why walking and riding to school is so much easier and better for you than getting into a car and trying to find a car park.

For accessibility purposes the transcript of the following video is linked in the 'related documents' area below.

'Share the Space' campaign

The East Metropolitan Regional Council and its member Councils in partnership with the City of Cockburn, Town of Cambridge and City of Vincent have launched a campaign to encourage predictable and courteous behaviours and to discourage distractions while walking, cycling and driving on our roads, shared paths, trails and footpaths.

 The 'Share the Space' campaign identifies behaviours that can help reduce conflict and safety issues. When we interact in shared spaces, particularly when using different transport modes, we can misunderstand the good intentions of others, or demonstrate behaviour that causes confusion or frustration. The purpose of the campaign is to start a conversation about behaviours that could help us all share the space.

The Share the Space campaign shows Stevie, who represents a typical member of the community who most of the time does the right thing. But sometimes Stevie needs a little help sharing the space. Three short videos show Stevie in different scenarios that we all have experienced from time to time and identifies behaviours that can help reduce conflicts and safety issues, including: 

  • Ringing your bicycle's bell when overtaking pedestrians
  • Walking on the left hand side of shared paths and trails
  • Turning on your lights at night, in dim lighting and fog
  • Giving way to pedestrians when turning at "parallel crossings"
  • Avoiding being distracted while driving
  • Avoiding using mobile phones while walking near roads
  • Avoiding using headphones while walking or cycling
  • Paying attention when backing out of driveways
  • Walking your dog on a short lead and on the left hand side of busy shared paths and trails
  • Allowing plenty of room when overtaking cyclists
  • Cyclists slowing down on busy shared paths and trails
  • Cyclists moving to single file to allow other road users to overtake, when it is safe to do so.
To help us all enjoy walking, cycling and driving in Perth, we encourage you to talk about these road rules and footpath etiquette and help us all share the space.

Be Predictable

Learn how to be more predictable when in your car, walking or on your bike. By ringing your bell when you're going past on a bike and staying to the left, you can be more predictable on the road, bikeway or footpath.

For accessibility purposes a word transcript titled 'Word Transcript: Share the Space - be predictable 2017 is available under 'Related Documents' at the end of this page.

Be Courteous

Learn how to be more courteous when driving, walking or on your bike. Keep your dog close, give plenty of space when passing and slow down when others are using the same space as you. 

For accessibility purposes a word transcript titled Word Transcript: Share the Space - be courteous 2017 is available under 'Related Documents' at the end of this page.

Avoid Distractions

Learn how to avoid distractions when driving, walking or on your bike. Focus on the road ahead when driving, keep your eyes peeled when walking and look right when crossing roads. 

For accessibility purposes a word transcript titled Word Transcript: Share the Space - avoid distractions 2017 is available under 'Related Documents' at the end of this page.

For more information, visit the Share the Space website.

Other tips to 'Share the Space'

WestCycle, the peak body for cycling and bicycle riding in Western Australia, have produced  series of Best Practice Guides to Cycling.
The Best Practice Guides do not outline road rules - they communicate principles that you won't find in a rulebook and it is hoped that they are widely adopted within the cycling community. Visit the WestCycle website for more information.

More information and contact

Please contact us for more information on 08 9411 3444 or at cycling@cockburn.wa.gov.au.

To report path maintenance issues, please submit a service request to the City on 08 9411 3444 or at customer@cockburn.wa.gov.au.

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