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NEW! Walkability – child pedestrian training

children and adults crossing the road by a schools

Free Walkability child pedestrian training for schools from June 2024!

Why walk?

Walking is a free and easy way to travel short distances and is also a great way to improve your health, fitness and energy levels.

Health professionals such as the British Heart Foundation and the National Health Service strongly suggest aiming for 10,000 steps a day at moderate intensity. Did you know? The average person currently manages around 3,500 to 5,000 steps a day.

Walking at a pace that gets the heart pumping can:

  • help to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and some cancers
  • help you loose weight by burning up to 75 calories every 30 minutes
  • help you build up muscle mass and increase stamina
  • boost circulation and increases oxygen supply to wake you up and give you more energy
  • boost your mood by releasing feel-good endorphins and reducing stress and anxiety

 Staying motivated

The easiest way to walk more is to make if part of your daily routine. Think about:

  • Walking part of your journey to work
  • Walking to the shops
  • Using the stairs instead of the lift
  • Leaving the car behind for short journeys
  • Walking the kids to school
  • Doing a regular walk with a friend
  • Going for a stroll with family or friends after dinner

Where to walk

Explore Devon and Public Rights of Way with its interactive walking map give some great ideas about exploring Devon!

Promoting walking at your workplace

How can your workplace encourage low carbon commuting?

The Travel Devon Toolkit is full of practical tips and tools to help encourage sustainable and active travel at your workplace.

Whether you’re looking to get more colleagues walking to work, using public transport for part of their journey, or understanding how better driving practices can positively impact our environment, there are plenty of resources available.

Simply register your organisation to gain access to our Travel Audit, Travel Survey and Toolkits.

Please get in touch via traveldevon@devon.gov.uk with any questions.