Walking Plan for London, the mayor's vision to make the capital one of the
world's most walking friendly cities by 2015.
affecting our physical health and environment. Transport for London (TfL)
has recognised that to get people walking again it needs to invest in a
strategy to make it an easier, safer and more pleasant thing to do. The RA
challenges the government, which has made empty promises about producing
such a strategy itself, to urgently follow suit.
Emily Richmond, a campaigner at the RA said: 'We're delighted with this
strategy. It promises better pavements, signs for walkers, it also supports
the revitalisation of public spaces and shows how walking is great for the
economy, not to mention health and the environment. It shows that we need
better facilities if we are to help more people walk as part of their
TfL's innovative plan argues that walking is an integral part of London
life, 31% of all trips in the capital are made solely on foot, and many
others incorporate walking. Yet conditions for walking are poor with little
thought given to pedestrian needs. It also argues that improving the
quality of public spaces has huge benefits for the appearance, wealth and
safety of the capital. TfL's first target is to stop the decline in the
number of journeys made on foot.
The report also highlights the impact that decreasing levels of exercise
have made on our lives. 60% of men and 70% of women are not achieving basic
levels of healthy physical activity; while 16% of cars on roads in the
morning rush hour are ferrying children to school, contributing to a drastic
reduction in the amount of exercise our children take.
This month the RA also launches a new Walking In London guide to the< p/="">delights of exploring London on foot. This brings together information on
the many great walking routes, parks and countryside areas that already
exist in London if you only know where to find them, and provides
information on public transport, walking books and maps. To obtain a copy
of this booklet (£1.50 plus P&P) contact the RA on 020 7339 8500.