Walking is such a fundamental part of everyday travel and yet with the rise of car-dependent lifestyles in the UK in the last 50 years, not only are we walking less but we have shaped many of our cities and metropolitan areas around motor traffic and squeezed out space and provision to walk conveniently, safely and healthily.
With car-dependency now built into our social and economic fabrics, we face an ongoing struggle to reclaim the urban environment to allow us to rediscover the habit of walking as a way of making the trips we need to in our everyday lives.
Our cities need us to do this, as successful cities are increasingly needing spaces for people to meet, collaborate and innovate. Digitisation is leading to more, not less, value being placed on face to face communication, chance encounter and networks of contacts.
Walking as a means of travel is actually a revolutionary urban transport solution and essential for the future of cities as places that put people first.