Jenni Wiggle, Interim Chief Executive, Living Streets comments:
“Here at Living Streets we’re thrilled that walking for leisure or travel remains the most popular physical activity, with 1.2 million more people walking for leisure and over 370,000 more people walking for travel
“The results of this survey come at a time when many of us are appreciating being able to get out for a walk. It remains incredibly important to keep active, both for our own wellbeing and to avoid storing up massive health problems for ourselves and the NHS in the future, and walking is one of the most accessible ways to do that.
“However, this pandemic is making us all realise how much public space is given over to individual car use rather than walking and cycling.
“Narrow footways, inappropriate speed limits and cars parked on pavements are all impacting on our ability to exercise safely. Now more than ever, we need to make sure there’s enough space for people to get out and walk.
“With National Walking Month just around the corner in May, it’s the perfect time to ensure we all have enough space to walk – now and in the future.”