Road crossings

If a walker has no safe place to cross on a road it can lead to them feeling vulnerable. The network of roads and streets across Britain is an important part of the walking environment, particularly for most everyday trips. Even if you’re following a route that’s mainly along footpaths, the chances are you will have to follow roads for part of the way.

Walkers have just as much right as cyclists and motorists to be on the majority of roads and streets. This includes most roads with no separate pavements. There are a few exceptions like motorways and a few other designated fast roads which are legally closed to walkers. However, it is important for your safety that you follow the Highway Code when using roads and streets.

Initiatives like Home Zones and Quiet Lanes in some areas have helped create more walking friendly environments, without excluding motorists altogether.