The way we move around our towns and cities plays a significant role in reducing carbon emissions, improving air quality and achieving better health.

Walking is the cheapest, greenest, healthiest transport there is, and it brings physical and mental health benefits. Everyone should be able to choose an active, healthy and stress-free life without a car. And our streets should be open and accessible to all.

By prioritising walking decision makers can achieve a cleaner future for people, places and our planet. But we need your help to make our voice heard. Together we can help create a better walking environment for all. Join our movement for change. Become a Living Streets member today.

*All our donating members are eligible for a free online place at our National Walking Summit – plans for 2022 are shaping up, don’t miss out, become a member today*

 

What you get

  • Online regional meet-ups with other members and campaigners
  • Free online access to our National Walking Summit (for those who donate)
  • VIP access to Living Streets events
  • Exclusive news and campaign guidance
  • Members’ only e-news delivered direct to your inbox
  • Invitation to our Annual General Meeting and voting rights
  • Chance to vote on the Living Streets Charles Maher award for UK’s walking champion of the year
  • Be the first to know about our forthcoming campaign work
  • Help shape our movement for change through regular consultation

Our successes

Zebra crossings. Urban speed limits. The driving test. These major achievements wouldn’t have happened without Living Streets members. We need more members now to make an even bigger change. Walk with us!

Small steps = big outcomes  
£1 invested in our schools work delivers £5 in health, air quality, carbon and traffic reduction benefits. 

Living Streets Scotland’s pavement parking campaign 
In 2019 the Scottish Government banned pavement parking across the country, after a long campaign from Living Streets Scotland. Scotland is the first place in the UK outside London to tackle the issue pavement parking, helping to make pavements safe and accessible for all users. We are now working to ensure the ban is enacted as soon as possible.

Volunteer campaign success 
After work from London Living Streets Local Group a programme of wait time reviews was undertaken by Transport for London at all signalised crossings in London. Now pedestrians are given more priority at crossings across the capital.

20mph speed limit in Wales
Living Streets Cymru was a key part of the Welsh Government task force group that made recommendations for a default 20mph speed limit for residential roads in Wales. As a result, eight locations in Wales are trailing default 20mph roads ahead of government plans for a national roll out in 2023.

None of this would have been possible without the campaigning of Living Streets members since the organisation was founded in 1929. Join us.

Why walking?

  • Walking is the cheapest, greenest, healthiest transport there is. So if we are serious about levelling up, we must be looking to make our streets safer for everyone - especially those who are most at risk of harm.
  • Poor air quality causes almost 64,000 early deaths in the UK every year.
  • Pedestrians accounted for 43% of fatalities and 30% of serious injuries on built up roads in England in 2019 with almost 5,300 pedestrians killed or seriously injured on England’s roads.
  • Emissions from road transport make up around a fifth of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions. The school run alone is responsible for half a million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually in the UK, more than some small countries.
  • Walking and cycling make you feel healthier, happier and less anxious. Walking can help reduce the risk factors for a number of diseases, including cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, some cancers, and Type II diabetes. Walking has mental health and neurological benefits including reduced risk of dementia, improved sleep quality, and a greater sense of wellbeing.

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