1. Why is walking good for my community?
Neighbourhoods that are walkable are the most liveable. Before we became so dependent on our cars, our streets were for socialising, doing business and just strolling around.
Walking is great for communities and the people who live in them because it:
- Improves local safety and security – because having lots of people on the street discourages criminal or nuisance activity.
- Reduces traffic and the noise and pollution that go with it.
- Increases road safety as well as reducing traffic - research shows that drivers slow down and take more care in streets that have lots of people walking and playing nearby.
- Boosts local businesses - research shows that people who walk or catch public transport to the local shops go more often, stay longer and spend more money. Shopping in your local area means you contribute to your local economy, creating jobs and livelihoods in your area.
- Creates a positive cycle - as people see others walking, they feel safer about walking themselves, and over time, more and more people take to the streets on foot.
2. Tips to help make your neighbourhood better for walking.
Have you spotted an issue, got ideas or thoughts about how to promote walking in your neighbourhood? Here are few suggestions:
- The more the merrier - rope in a few neighbours or friends for regular walks. More people walking encourages even more people to walk!
- Quick and easy - small actions such as putting a bench on your nature strip, waving and saying hello to passers by, creating footpath chalk art or having a bbq in your front yard can make an enormous difference!
- Roll up your sleeves - if you're interested in lower speed limits, safer crossings, calming traffic and beautifying your local area, check out our Take Action page to find out more. We've got tools and resources to support you. Start a Walkability Action Group and start taking great leaps to make your neighbourhood better for walking!