Target: Everyone has access to high-quality green space within five minutes’ walk of their doorstep.
Action: All development and transport infrastructure schemes make a positive contribution to the overall local resource of high-quality, accessible green space. There is a clear plan for monitoring and addressing ‘green poverty’.
Target: A network of green walking routes connects people to the places they want to go.
Action: Pavements and public spaces are planned as a network for walkers. Council policies on planning, health, transport and economic growth directly contribute to the delivery of green infrastructure. All development schemes incorporate ‘green infrastructure’ as an integral design component at the pre-planning stages of development.
Target: Walking is the easy way to travel around towns and cities.
Action: Transport and infrastructure developments put the needs of pedestrians first. Measures to address the issues that discourage people from walking are in place, including a default speed limit of 20mph, well-maintained and clutter-free pavements, convenient road crossings and a prohibition on pavement parking.
Target: People are encouraged and supported to get walking.
Action: Local government and partners from the health and voluntary sector have a plan to get more people walking. Partners work together to commission led-walks, develop promoted routes, ensure good signposting, host community walking festivals and other local events and activities.
Target: Green routes and spaces are designed with communities and open to all.
Action: Green spaces are public, inclusive and accessible to all. Voluntary groups, community groups and residents are involved in the design and maintenance of local green spaces. Residents are empowered to take ownership of public spaces, e.g. through support for new street plantings or temporary street closures for community events.