Transport for London
Boost for walking as TfL launches Central London Footways created by London Living Streets and Urban Good
New walking map highlights a network of quiet and interesting streets in central London – to be given away for free.
Transport for London (TfL) and London Living Streets yesterday unveiled the new beautifully illustrated Central London Footways map, which will be distributed free to Londoners. The printed map and design concept - developed by Urban Good - provides a wealth of new information about walking in the capital and will support Londoners and visitors to walk longer distances on everyday trips. The physical, free map is available at several central London locations, which can be found online at www.footways.london alongside more information about the network.
As London continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, TfL is expanding opportunities for those keen to incorporate more walking into their daily routines. The Streetspace for London Plan has introduced more than 22,500 square metres of temporary extra pavement space, making it easy to maintain safe social distancing while walking through the capital. Central London Footways will make sure Londoners and visitors make the most of these transformations by prompting people to choose walking as the most enjoyable way to get from A to B, with walking journeys often quicker than expected. Walking is also the cheapest way to travel and is great for physical and mental wellbeing, as well as London's environment.
Central London Footways is a network of routes connecting London's mainline railway stations, popular destinations and green spaces with the capital's most welcome, appealing and accessible streets. The printed map is the culmination of an 18-month project led by David Harrison, Emma Griffin and other volunteers at London Living Streets, who have walked extensively across London with residents, businesses, cultural organisations, councillors and local campaigners to find opportunities for safe and attractive walking routes. The project is universally supported by central London boroughs and Business Improvement Districts.
Central London Footways, previously known as the Central London Walking Network, highlights an extensive number of routes across the city, serving as a reminder that many 20- or 30-minute walks across central London take just a few minutes longer than a journey on public transport.
Any time spent walking is enormously beneficial to public health and wellbeing. Walking has been shown to have many physical benefits, including reducing the risk of Type 2 diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease and cancer. Walking for just 20 minutes a day can reduce stress and anxiety and has also been proven to reduce the risk of depression by 20-30 per cent. A 20-minute walk burns 80 calories, adds 2,400 steps to a pedometer and lowers blood pressure.
More people walking also means busier streets, which supports the economy and creates commercial opportunities for London's businesses. People walking spend 40 per cent more in town centres over the course of a month than car drivers*.
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