There are seven main benefits to walking, many of which overlap:
The following seven sections describe how walking relates to the benefit areas. In terms of resilience and security, walking is obviously an important mode in times of natural disaster or pandemic.
Equity means that the benefits of investment in transport are distributed such that all people are able to participate in society.
Supporting a move to cleaner, healthier and more active transport modes like walking is key to address the issues of climate change.
Walking is the most space-efficient form of transport, and makes the best use of our streets.
Health and wellbeing
Many trips start and end with walking. This has been long acknowledged in health studies, where walking is considered the keystone to promote healthier lifestyles based on physical activities.
Walking can equitably allow people to access employment, community services, and natural environments, building a sense of community.
New Zealand has one of the highest rates of car ownership in the world.
Supports public transport
A good public transport system relies on an efficient public transport network.
The following infographic can be used when engaging with the community, it communicates the key benefits of walking in plain language and uses New Zealand statistics and facts.
The design of our urban environment influences our mode choices: