Walking

Walking is the mode of transport that everyone uses most days.  The Bus and Rail  Groups do consider the  needs of pedestrians on  their way to stations and bus nodes.

Traditionally, Highway Authorities  have ignored walking, or at best  considered the safety of pedestrians rather than their convenience or pleasure.

This attitude is slowly changing, however,   walkers are often lumped in with cyclists when there is a “green” box to tick for a funding submission. There are many excellent Policy Statements from Highway Authorities and the Joint Local Access Forum that  need only to be implemented.

Major schemes of pedestrianisation or “greenways”, though sometimes controversial,  are easier to promote than everyday  needs:  well-maintained, unobstructed  pavements;  convenient crossings; clear signage, where possible along car-free routes.