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On Tuesday 26 January, Living Streets Scotland joined Paths for All and Ramblers Scotland to launch Walk Back Better - a manifesto for 2021.

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Walk Back Better: a manifesto for 2021

 

Walking charities in Scotland have launched a new call for the Scottish Government to ‘Walk Back Better’, ahead of the Holyrood elections in May. Living Streets Scotland, Paths for All and Ramblers Scotland shared a new manifesto for walking at an online launch event on 26 January.

The charities want everyone in Scotland to be able to benefit from everyday walking, whether that’s walking to the shops or to school, or walking for enjoyment and exercise.

Walk Back Better sets out their vision for Scotland to move forward to a healthier, cleaner, safer, and happier walking nation.

Although up to a third of Scots are not currently active enough, 71% of adults visited the outdoors at least once a week during last year’s lockdown – and this rose to 80% by August 2020. The manifesto’s aim is for Scotland to become a “healthier, cleaner, safer and happier walking nation”, locking in the benefits of walking by providing improved opportunities for people to walk regularly.

 

Read the manifesto

Walk Back Better calls for:

A £50m infrastructure fund for walking routes, green networks and under pressure mountain locations.

Improvements reducing clutter; providing toilets, seating, signage, crossings and pavement maintenance.

Improved walking and wheeling access to local amenities, as part of the '20-minute neighbourhood' agenda.

Investment in behaviour change programmes for the most vulnerable, and help to reduce inequalities.

A national 20mph speed limit in cities, towns and villages, and enforcement of pavement parking legislation. 

Investment in walking to school, and measures to reduce traffic and pollution outside school gates.

Watch the launch of Walk Back Better

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