Social and community benefits

Walking is sociable, improving our sense of community and helping tackle crime and the fear of crime – also good for our mental health.

  • People on streets with light traffic typically have 3-4 times as many local friends as those on streets with heavy traffic
  • Being able to walk helps local residents take ownership of their streets and increase surveillance that deters crime – the “eyes on the street” effect
  • Improving walkability also improves liveability, resulting in surroundings at human scale that facilitate not only walking but social interaction, play, relaxation, discovery and enjoyment

For a comprehensive summary of the benefits of walking, complete with full references, download our Benefits of Walking factsheet.