Walking and cycling catchment maps are important tools in promoting behaviour change towards sustainable and active forms of travel. In late 2010 Plan B, La Trobe University Student Planners‘ Association, produced 'Zone B', a walking, cycling and public transport catchment map resource for the city of Bendigo, Victoria. The resource adds context to conventional sustainable and active catchment mapping through community participation, local experience and knowledge. This paper, which reviews the project, was published in 2012 in the Proceedings of the Fourth Australian Cycling Conference.
By providing accessible information about available sustainable and active transport options, these maps function as a means for supporting those considering transition to new travel behaviours.
A review of existing and readily available walking and cycling catchment maps has identified four primary categories of walking and cycling catchments, each with respective strengths and weaknesses.
Plan B has used these maps as the basis for developing a community-based active and sustainable transport mapping toolkit that assists communities through a community participation framework to take steps toward promoting local transport opportunities and facilitating local sustainable and active travel behaviour change.
In this manner the 'MapMyTown' toolkit will continue to provide a range of opportunities for communities to translate local knowledge and experience into useful and meaningful tools for their own communities.