Sian Berry, Green Party mayoral candidate, stepped out with the London Ramblers’ volunteers to stroll down the Thames Path and talk about the many benefits of walking and how the next Mayor can help to build a walking city.
With obesity costing London £900m a year and one in five of the capital’s children overweight, the Ramblers knows that walking is more important than ever.
Sian Berry said, “Many of our greatest walking amenities were fought for by visionary people whose achievements we now take for granted. We shouldn’t – and we should bear in mind that, without them, the South Bank would be as unwalkable as the North Bank. If I’m elected Mayor of London I’ll prioritise walking as a healthy and enjoyable way to travel and spend leisure time. It’s central to the Green vision, and protecting the Thames Path from the encroachment of developers or properly preserving and signing the London Loop and the Capital Ring are to me an essential part of the job of running London for the common good.
Des Garrahan, Chair of The Ramblers, led the walk, and commented “Walking works to prevent physical and mental health problems and offers an effective, low-cost solution to many of the problems we face in London. We’d love to see our communities walk more for health, travel and pleasure.”
London Ramblers are calling on the next Mayor of London to:
Employ a walking ambassador to promote London as a world class walking city for all.
Champion the Thames Path and other routes to ensure they remain safe and open for all Londoners to walk.
Ensure equality of access to our amazing parks and green spaces, so that everyone has a green space close to their home.
Find our more and get involved in the campaign: www.ramblers.org.uk/london