This May we've been celebrating National Walking Month, encouraging people from all backgrounds to take a pledge to walk more over the month.
At the same time, we've been working with Arup and Sustrans to explore the factors that impact people’s experience of walking.
Susan Claris, Transport Planner at Arup and Vice President of Living Streets tells us more about the Walking for Everyone report.
Arup, Living Streets and Sustrans are working collaboratively to understand behaviours surrounding walking and explore the factors that impact people’s experience of walking.
From our literature reviews, it is clear that the experience of walking is not equal for all. There is very little information on how much specific demographic groups walk in the UK, so it is difficult to make comparisons.
We are looking to understand the nuances for specific demographics and going forwards we will look at the intersectionality between groups. Here are some of our findings so far.
Policy and strategy should be informed by those who currently walk but also include people who don’t, to explore the reasons behind this and inform decision making in a much more diverse and holistic manner.
Living Streets' new research reveals that road safety is an issue of inequality, with ethnic minority pedestrians from poorer areas three times more likely to be killed or injured.