Why walk? | Oxfordshire County Council

Why walk?

The economic, environmental and health benefits of walking, and useful links.

Walkers using a stile near Bloxham

Walking is a cheap, healthy and environmentally friendly way of getting around. In fact, aside from shoes and socks, it’s free!

Sometimes it can even be faster to walk than to drive or use the bus, as you can often take more direct routes, particularly at peak travel times when you can beat the queues.

Economic benefits

Walking is a free way of getting around and will cost you nothing, aside from a little more wear on your shoes. You could save money by not laying out gym fees. You also don’t have to pay for a service and MOT!

Health benefits

Walking as a way to travel helps you to build regular exercise into your routine. Regular exercise will reduce your risk of:

  • heart problems
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • obesity (and associated risks)

Walking helps keep you fit and looking healthy; and exercise improves your mood by releasing endorphins (natural pleasure hormones). Walking is also a weight bearing exercise - recognised as being beneficial for bone health.

Environmental benefits

Walking is carbon-neutral and doesn’t cause local air pollution. If you’re concerned about your environmental footprint, then walking is one way to reduce it compared to other ways of travelling. Walking is the most eco-friendly mode of travel.

For more information, please read Sustrans booklet Why Walk? or visit the Sustrans and Living Streets websites.

Last reviewed
20 November 2015
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