This subpage focuses on walking, as it is the most natural form of exercise for humans and has many positive effects. Research shows that walking for 11 minutes every day could reduce the risk of many diseases. We will therefore present initiatives such as the Pedestrian Bus and the Bicycle Train and the good practices of different forms of mobility that are being implemented at home and abroad.
Some reasons to drive less and walk more:
- save money; gradually save money on fuel and vehicle maintenance;
- less driving reduces our carbon footprint; if we are careful about reducing carbon dioxide emissions, less driving and more walking is a good way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
- walking reduces parking costs; often we cannot find a free parking space or parking is at a premium;
- walking is good exercise; 30 minutes a day is a simple and regular physical activity that doctors recommend for our fitness;
- walking is free, there are costs associated with car sharing, using public transport and driving;
- no time is lost while walking, e.g., refuelling, looking for keys, defrosting the windscreen. Car maintenance also takes time that could be spent on other things;
- we get more fresh air when walking than when driving;
- walking can improve our mental well-being; driving can cause stress, boredom and loneliness, and walking can help avoid this. Our physical health also has a positive impact on your mental health (more: https://www.wheelsforwishes.org/news/drive-less-walk-more/).
More modern lifestyles are also bringing other forms of mobility into the space. Scooters, e-scooters and similar props are increasingly common in urban centres and need to be taken into account in future spatial planning.