Walk everywhere, greet everyone

There is considerable discussion of problems of traffic / congestion / cycle lanes / emissions / pollution / noise and so on.

A form of transport routinely ignored in policy discussions is walking - but Camden is a perfectly 'walkable' borough. The British Library is only an hour on foot from Highgate. But it's not much fun to do - traffic, rubbish bags, hard pavements, dog mess, the absence of green routes all mitigate against it.

In addition to cycleways, let's create pleasant, green, walking routes routes for people to travel the borough on foot. Walking need not be an occasional pleasure confined to the Heath or the Canal. It can be the default mode of getting somewhere.

 

 

Why the contribution is important

Improved health, predictable journey times, pleasure... walking has many benefits. But while we're at it, let's encourage the other great opportunity walking creates: a culture of social interaction. On foot, you can greet people, get to know them, offer and receive help, pause to chat or carry on. The high street need not be a 'route to somewhere'. It can become a 'place to be'.

by sandybalfour on December 21, 2017 at 11:23AM

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  • Posted by tashclayton January 12, 2018 at 10:23

    I think we are starting to create some greatly improved cycle infrastructure but agree that walking is not perhaps been given so much attention. Camden is extremely walkable and we should encourage that.
  • Posted by GosOak4 January 22, 2018 at 18:57

    People may not know that a route they drive or do by bus may take very little longer to walk and they may not know the way. A publicity campaign comparing walking and busing/driving times and promoting the health benefits of walking might help.

    About routes, liaison with TFL could help. TFL provide walking routes but often ones that take no account of the quality of the walking experience. I tried one recently which directed me along a main road although I found from the map an alternative route that was, if anything, slightly shorter which went on quiet side roads, past a lively street market and through a little green square: the difference between a fairly unpleasant walk and one almost nice enough to do for fun. Even if the pleasant route is a bit longer than the unpleasant one TFL could use different coloured lines to indicate the choices.
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