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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Making the case for investment in the walking environment

Living Streets is pleased to present its new report, Making the Case for Investment in the Walking Environment.

Researched by a multi-disciplinary team of experts from the University of the West of England and Cavill Associates, the report brings together and evaluates the multiple health, economic, social and environmental benefits of investment in walking friendly public spaces.

It draws on inspiring case studies of schemes which have resulted in safer and more attractive public places in neighbourhoods and city centres in the UK and elsewhere.

Key findings include:

•Investing in walking environments can support local economies by increasing footfall, improving accessibility and attracting new business and events

•Investment in the walking environment is likely to be of equal or better value for money than other transport projects

•Retailers and residents express a willingness to pay for improvements to the walking environment, while good quality public realm increases the value of both residential and commercial property

•Residents of walking friendly neighbourhoods are less likely to be depressed or to have poor mental or physical health

•People walk more when they feel their neighbourhood is safe, well maintained and lively, while increased walking in a neighbourhood is associated with better perceptions of safety and greater social interaction.

Download 'Making the Case' - the full report.

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