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Tip 7 – walk to the shops

Why not walk to your local shop instead of driving?

It's a good way to get some exercise and you might discover parts of your local area that you never knew existed! If it's a bit further away or you have a lot to carry, you could get the bus back.

Just a 20-minute walk can transform fitness levels, improve your health and reduce stress and anxiety. Plus, there's no fighting over a parking space!

Did you know? When streets are regenerated to boost walking, there is a corresponding impact on turnover, property values and rental yields. For well-designed projects, sales can increase by 30% or more when footfall is boosted. Read more about our Pedestrian Pound research.


Why not take a stroll to the shops? 

"I walk around my local area every day, be that to go to the shops or market, or to wind down after a long day of work. Walking has helped me to meet new people and feel connected to neighbours."

Living Streets' Jessie Davidson has written about the perks of shopping (and walking!) locally.

Have you tried all of our #Try20 tips yet? You could walk the rainbow, let the kids lead the way and many more – there's something for everyone to try. We've put together 20 tips to help you fit 20 minutes of walking into your day.

Check out our tips and download your own #Try20 check list to tick them off as you go!