Edinburgh gets on its feet to Walk this May

Edinburgh has kicked off Walk to Work Week with a renewed focus on walking in the capital.

Staff have been pledging to leave their cars at home or get off the bus a few stops early, as part of a month of activity aimed at getting people on their feet.

National Walking Month, held by the charity Living Streets, encourages the British public to get walking by making pledges during Walk to Work Week (12 to 18 May) and Walk to School Week (19 to 25 May).

As well as May’s biggest walking event, The Kiltwalk, which saw more than 2000 tartan-wearing fundraisers walk between six and 26 miles for charity, Edinburgh residents have been able to take part in regular free walks around the city.

To mark the month of activity, resources have been created on the Council’s new website, providing access to information on walking opportunities around Edinburgh, walking maps and online route mapping tools and information on improving your local area for pedestrians.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, Transport Convener, said: “The Council made a commitment to enabling more people to walk as part of our Active Travel Plan, so it’s vital that we do all we can to encourage travel by foot.

“As well as making improvements to our pavements and footpaths, we are building an integrated public transport system with pedestrians in mind.

“To devote a whole month to boosting active travel throughout the country is an excellent idea and I for one will be signing my own pledge to walk more throughout May.”

The Council is interested in how the voice of local people who walk in the city can be further represented. You can express an interest in being involved by contacting transport.policy@edinburgh.gov.uk.

Edinburgh Street Design guidance is also under consultation, and aims to find out what the city’s residents think about the design of the city’s streets. Find out how you can comment on the draft guidance on the Council’s website.

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