Every year, walking and cycling in Tower Hamlets results in:
I walk a lot in Tower Hamlets. I love getting around on foot. In the car there’s a lot of pollution and you’re sitting in traffic.
Walking is fantastic for your health and your physical and emotional wellbeing. About two years ago I had a problem with my feet. The doctor said I might need to start taking steroids and that I shouldn’t walk too much. I was sad at this because I love walking.
Then the lockdown happened and I started walking – one hour, two hours – not to be stuck at home all the time. The pain has gone. I no longer need to go to the doctor or go to a physio.
In lockdown, a lot of ladies I know were saying that they were just moving between the kitchen, bedroom and living room. A lot of people don’t have gardens. So going on a walk was a break for them. It’s their ‘me time’.
We’re so lucky to have lots of parks and I generally feel safe in Tower Hamlets.
Many people want to see more government spending on walking and wheeling (61%).
When asked what would help them walk or wheel more, 81% said nicer places on streets to stop and rest, 64% said fewer cars parked on pavements and 74% said wider pavements.
Nearly two thirds of residents in Tower Hamlets (62%) support the creation of more low traffic neighbourhoods and 77% support the creation of more 20-minute neighbourhoods.
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