Did you know that walking is one of the easiest and most enjoyable forms of exercise around? It’s also a relaxing and cost-efficient way to get to the office, the school, or the grocery store.
All you need is some comfortable shoes and clothing and off you go. You may be surprised to know that walking helps you to keep fit, reduces high blood pressure, strengthens your bones and regulates your appetite.
Next to the health benefits, walking also aids in reducing air pollution. So, as you can see, choosing to walk makes a difference to our environment, your health and your pocket book!
What makes a Neighbourhood Walkable?
- A center: Walkable neighborhoods have a center, whether it’s a main street or a public space.
- People: Enough people for businesses to flourish and for public transit to run frequently.
- Mixed income, mixed use: Affordable housing located near businesses.
- Parks and public space: Plenty of public places to gather and play.
- Pedestrian design: Buildings are close to the street, parking lots are relegated to the back.
- Schools and workplaces: Close enough that most residents can walk from their homes.