Living Streets is the UK charity for everyday walking. Our vision is that as a nation we walk local, everyday journeys. We have a long heritage, having started out as the Pedestrian’s Association in 1929 when we successfully campaigned for zebra crossings and 30mph speed limits.
Today we run projects in schools, workplaces and with community groups to inspire people to walk more and we highlight the areas of our environment which need to be improved so more of us can walk more. We still campaign for change too – our key campaigns are getting every child that can, to walk to school and creating Walking Cities. Our Local Groups and supporters help us to influence change.
WE HAVE A BIG AMBITION: EVERY CHILD THAT CAN, WALKS TO SCHOOL.
A generation ago, 70% of us walked to school – now it’s less than half.
We want to reverse this decline. We want children to be energised and empowered, and to make walking to school their natural choice. And we need your help.
Find out about the ways Living Streets gets children walking more, the fab tools we provide for teachers and parents, and our groundbreaking campaigning work that all underpin our vision of a new walking generation.
CONTACT YOUR COUNCIL
Councils have a legal duty to ensure that safe movement along the foot way is not endangered by snow or ice.
Living Streets wants to see:
- Clear pavements and paths serving key local destinations; given at least the same priority as key roads in relevant plans and winter maintenance schedules.
- Contractors unable to carry out their main jobs in bad weather sent to help clear icy pavements
- Councils helping residents do their bit by making sure grit is available, encouraging people to clear the street outside their property and helping organise volunteer teams of snow angels.
Write to your local council - visit their website to find out which department is responsible for highway maintenance - and remind them of their legal duty to ensure the foot ways are kept safe.
We have prepared a template letter for you. Just download it, personalise the copy and send it to your council.
GRIT IT YOURSELF
The small act of putting down a little grit or salt, or clearing clear snow and ice from pavements when the cold weather hits, can make a big difference. A clear pavement means that an older person can still meet friends and get to the shops rather than being left isolated, lonely and inactive.
So spread your wings, get your halo polished, and salt, shake and walk your way to ice-free pavements.