Environmental benefits

If we all swapped one car journey a week for walking instead, car traffic levels would reduce by at least 10% (Sustrans 2009).

Walking is the most natural and inclusive means of transport.

  • Walking is free
  • Walking doesn’t involve the use of vehicles, machinery, fuel or special equipment that would otherwise need to be manufactured, transported and disposed of safely
  • Walkers don’t need training
  • Walking doesn't produce excess carbon dioxide or noxious fumes or cause noise pollution
  • Walking is an efficient use of public space: 20 times as many people can move in the same space by walking as in a car
  • Walking is a key part of almost all public transport journeys, and better provision for walkers can also increase use of public transport
For a comprehensive summary of the benefits of walking, complete with full references, download our Benefits of Walking factsheet.