Case studies for expanding opportunities for recreational walking in towns and cities


Park Connector Network – Singapore

The Park Connector Network is a system of paths that connect Singapore’s parks and gardens. Created in the 1990s, the network is over 300km long and has brought recreation and nature close to people’s doorsteps.


Green your laneways - Melbourne

The Green Your Laneway program was established to transform the city’s laneways into greener, more walkable spaces for everyone to enjoy. The City of Melbourne launched a mapping project to identify potential for greening laneways and invited nominations from local stakeholders. Four laneways were selected as pilot projects and city officials worked with residents and businesses to develop greening strategies for the laneways, which were implemented in 2017.


The Green Network - Hamburg

Hamburg’s Green Network is the product of a longstanding strategic plan to create green corridors  to connect the city to the countryside, to provide benefits for people, the environment and the local economy. For many years, the city has been creating new walking and cycling routes that are integrated with natural features and are suitable for leisure and utility journeys. The aim is that by 2034, it will be possible to travel anywhere in the city on foot or by bike in green settings and car usage will be reduced to the absolute minimum.


North Dorset Trailway - Dorset

The North Dorset Trailway is a 14-mile trail following the old Somerset and Dorset Railway line which linked Bristol and Bournemouth until the 1960s.  The Trailway links several towns and villages in Dorset with open countryside and is a safe and popular route for walking, cycling and other recreational activities.


Sunday street closures - Sao Paolo; Bogota


Several cities around the world now regularly close streets to motor traffic on specific days to encourage leisure walking and enjoyment of public space. The ‘Ciclovia’ has been taking place in Bogota since the 1970s, where on Sundays 120km of the city’s roads are closed to motor traffic and opened up for people to explore. In Sao Paolo, the two-mile long, multi-lane Minhocao is closed to car traffic. In both cities, Sunday closures transform streets into bustling, joyful places where people can walk, cycle, socialise, dance, eat, relax and enjoy entertainment. The closures provide a wide range of health, economic and social benefits for individual residents and communities, as well as benefits for tourism and the natural environment.


Green Cycle Routes – Copenhagen

Copenhagen’s ‘Green Cycle Routes’ are a 58km network of green, mostly off-road paths for both walkers and cyclists. The network has been planned and implemented over many years to encourage both recreational activity and active travel in natural settings. The routes were deliberately aligned with natural settings but where they could not be, spaces were retrofitted with natural features to make them greener. The Green Routes are a very popular, attractive and healthy way to get around the city.


The Five Weirs Walk – Sheffield

The Five Weirs Walk is a 6-mile path following the River Don from Sheffield City Centre to Meadowhall on the city’s eastern boundary. The route, completed in 2007, is the culmination of a 20 year effort by the local authority, volunteers, local businesses and others to regenerate industrial wasteland and enhance the natural environment. The route is incredibly popular and provides residents of Sheffield an opportunity to engage with nature on their doorstep.


Bronx River Greenway – New York

The Bronx River Greenway is a 25-mile-long green, shared use path that when complete will run along the full length of the Bronx River. The Bronx River Alliance community group is leading efforts to establish the route, including the design and development of new open space in nature deprived neighbourhoods and the restoration of existing green spaces.