Everyday journeys - A commuter in the city

We all undertake small journeys every day – from going to work, or the shops, heading out for a drink or visiting friends. As part of our Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood award we’re talking to people who do these everyday journeys on foot, and the neighbourhoods that make this easier for them. 

Ruth, 29, lives in Hackney and works for a charity at their head office in Shoreditch.

East London is great for everyday walking journeys…

"On any given day I’ll probably do around five journeys on foot, and possibly even more at the weekend. It’s really easy to do this where I live, and where I work actually, and my day would be more difficult if I wasn’t able to do this."

A typical work day…

"I’m lucky enough to be able to walk to work – a dream commute in London. The walk takes about an hour, but the journey is really nice through a couple of parks, across a canal and down quiet pedestrianised streets. On the way I often detour for coffee and toast at the Crisis café before arriving at the office. At lunch time I’ve got Shoreditch on my doorstep, so I try to get out for a walk and use the time to do some errands and try to avoid spending all of my money on sushi bowls and coffee! After work is the walk home, but more likely a walk to meet friends at a pub nearby, followed by a short trip for some food, and then finally the walk home."

These journeys can all be done on public transport…

"Hackney and Shoreditch are well connected to each other, and I could cut my journey time in half on the train. The walk though is more than just a way to get somewhere – the time I would spend on the train, crowded, hot and stressed, is now time spent outside where I can clear my head and get some exercise around time spent at a desk. It’s also considerably cheaper…"

The walking environment does need to be nice though…

"If the walk to the office was busy, along a main road, heavily polluted, and just generally difficult I would probably opt for the train. I’m lucky that my neighbourhood is built with people in mind – A lot of the journey is through parks and there are quiet streets running through interesting areas such as Broadway Market and Columbia Road."

Does your neighbourhood make walking these everyday journeys easy? If so, nominate it for Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood at www.ramblers.org.uk/nominate