The Planning for Walking Toolkit

Enabling more people to walk more is vital for the future health of our city. The streets and places we are designing need to make walking an easy and attractive choice for all Londoners. Every day more than 27 million trips are made in London. This includes six million walk-all-the-way trips and seven million walks of over five minutes as part of a longer journey. However, the proportion of people choosing to walk has been stagnant for several years, contributing to the inactivity crisis. By breaking down the barriers to walking, we will help tackle the challenges of climate change, air pollution, and congestion driven by overdependency on private car use. We will also make travel in London safer and healthier for everyone.

Planning for walking is complex and no single approach fits all situations. Good planning requires an appreciation of how our whole urban system needs to be designed to encourage walking. Our streets and open spaces, the buildings that front onto these, and the transport hubs that support onward movement all contribute to making our city great for walking.

I am committed to elevating walking as the travel mode that binds all aspects of successful and healthy urban living. This document raises our ambition and, importantly, provides the tools for planning better environments for walking.


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